2015 AGM presentation

Our Annual General Meeting on Saturday, Sept 5th was a great success.

We had presentations by Bill Wyman, the Board President, Barbaby Urich-Rintz, the YFC General Manager, and Karen Rae, the Farmers Market Manager.

The highlight was the celebration of the 10th anniversary of the founding of the Yelm Cooperative on Sept 15, 2005.

On that day the following Founders signed the Article of Incorporation bringing the organization to life:
Ektara Jareck, Carolyn Sheldon, Jackie Jo Reid, Maggie Sayer,  Iris Moore, Christine Verdagamo, Alexandria Roberts,  Fran White, Beverly Wright, Laura Losada, Marilee Wallace

Ektara, Carolyn, Jackie, Maggie, Iris and Christine were in attendance at the AGM and got recognized individually and presented with a card and a beautiful bouquet of flowers.

2015 AGM

After the meeting we feasted on goodies from the YFC and 3 fabulous cakes, one in the shape of a “1” and one in the shape of a “0” for the “10” (10th year) and another magnificent “skyscraper” chocolate cake.

2015 AGM


2015 AGM

2015 AGM

If you missed it this year, you can still vote for the Directors by picking up a ballot at the Yelm Food Co-op and you can see the presentation at the link below (it’s a pdf file – you’ll need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view it) .

This is your Cooperative and you have a voice!

2015 AGM presentation


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2015 Annual General Meeting

2015 Annual General Meeting

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You’re Invited!

The Yelm Cooperative’s 7th Annual General Meeting

Saturday, Sept 5th, 2:00 p.m.

Yelm Adult Center, 16530 103rd Street, Yelm


Join your fellow Co-op members for an informative afternoon spent building community (and enjoying some great snacks).

This year’s agenda:

  • Overview from Board President Bill Wyman on the progress we’ve made this year with your help.
  • Farmers Market Manager Karen Rae on the successful new children’s program and other improvements and additions.
  • Vote on renewing three-year terms for three current members of our Board of Directors: Diane D’Acuti, Tom Dewell and Jeevan Anandasakaran.
  • Find out what’s new and what’s in the works at the store from General Manager Barnaby Urich Rintz
  • Q & A

Please note: only current members can vote, so make sure your dues are paid up before September 5th! Drop by the store or call in with your credit card information to remain eligible.

As usual, we will have delicious finger food on hand.

We look forward to seeing you!

The Yelm Cooperative Board of Directors

Bill Wyman, President; , Barbara Morando,.Vice President; Marilyn Reardon, Secretary; Tom Dewell, Treasurer; Terry Kaminski, Director; Jeevan Anandasakaran, Director; Diane D’Acuti.






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Enjoy Art, Wine & Flowers in Gordon’s Gardens This Saturday

Enjoy Art, Wine & Flowers in Gordon’s Gardens This Saturday

wine artGet ready for a heady combination of art, wine, music, poetry, and flowers this Saturday as the Yelm Food Co-op hosts its second annual Art, Wine & Flowers in Gordon’s Garden event. Anne Marsh, Virtuose de Vin at Wine Cellar of Yelm, has selected wines from six different regions in collaboration with La Gitana owner Marian Licxandru, who will be providing unique pizzas to complement each glass, and Gordon’s Garden Center owner Kellie Petersen. “This is an awesome way to reach out and bring the community together,” says Anne. “We can create something wonderful and support local business at the same time.”

From 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., guests will have the opportunity to sample wines while being greeted by a volunteer sommelier in culturally appropriate garb. “Everyone can move through the six tasting stations at their own pace,” says Anne. “The server will know their wine very well, and each tasty bite has been specifically chosen for that wine.”

Four local artists will have work on display: Steve Cramer, Jenn Harshfield, Judy Chapman, and Sandra Bocas. Visitors can also enjoy the floral arrangements created by Kellie Peterson, designed to enhance the regional atmosphere of each tasting station. Classical guitarist John Chapman and poet Michael Apau will complete the ambience, with Apau wandering, minstrel-style, through the gathering.

Once they’ve finished tasting, guests are encouraged to buy the wine of their choice and journey across the street to La Gitana, where Marian will have the specially created pizzas available – and no corkage fee. But don’t ask about ingredients. “I won’t be revealing what the wines are until the day of the event,” says Anne, “and the same goes for the pizzas.”

Tickets are $40 for two prior to the event and $25 per person the day of, with a $10 charge for those who only want to view the art. “It’s honoring the work of all of the volunteers who are contributing their time to put this together, including the artists, the people pouring, the musician, the poet and the people preparing food,” says Anne. Proceeds from the event will go toward the Yelm Co-op’s Wishlist of new equipment and features. Tickets can be purchased at the Co-op or by calling 360.400.2210.

“It’s going to be a beautiful day,” says Anne. “This is a way to raise money for the Co-op and support our local businesses, while enjoying great food, wine, and art in a really lovely setting.”


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Team Co-op Rocks Beer & Brats

Team Co-op Rocks Beer & Brats

beer & brats collageHealth inspectors are not famous for handing out compliments, so it was high praise indeed when Thurston County’s representative pulled Jenn Harshfield aside during the Co-op’s annual Beer & Brats celebration on June 26th. “You have one of the best teams I’ve seen,” he told her. “You’re doing it right. Congratulations.”

Harshfield organized this year’s event, along with 31 volunteers who braved blazing heat to serve over 350 brats to parade watchers and bring in more than $3,800 to support the Co-op. “We had super hero volunteers,” says Harshfield.  “Words cannot express how great they are and how hard-working. They take initiative.”

Glenadine O’Harra was in charge of the kitchen. Like Harshfield, she got involved at the request of Co-op board secretary Marilyn Reardon, and jumped right in despite the fact that the role was new for her. “It sounded like it would be challenging and a lot of fun,” she says.  Also like Harshfield, she can’t say enough about the team. “It went very, very well,” she says.  “Success was really the result a combined effort, with so many great people helping and supporting.”

In Reardon’s eyes, the group did more than just serve food, beer, and wine. “They created a really good time for our community,” she says. “Their good nature, absolute hard work and dedication to the co-op enlivened the whole parade route. We made a lot of people happy that day.”

Congratulations and thank you to the entire Co-op team! View photos of Beer & Brats


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