Members gathered together on Sunday, October 21 for the Co-op’s Annual Membership Meeting and Celebration. It was an opportunity for the board and staff to give an update on the state of the Co-op and for members to connect with each other and share their ideas and frustrations. Declining sales, labor and other cuts made to respond to a weakened financial position, the Eureka store remodel project, the adopted Five-Year Strategic Plan and the Co-op prepared food options were all debated topics of conversation. While tense at times, and celebratory at others, it was not lost on anyone that as a cooperative business the opportunity to share in that way is a unique and vital part of our democratically-owned organization. As at any Co-op event, there was great food freshly made by our Deli team. The delicious fare included cakes to celebrate the Co-op’s 45th anniversary.