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January 2019 Newsletter

Happy New Year to all the wonderful Co-op members! We hope your holidays were filled with joy. 

Welcome to the brand new look for our Newsletter. My name is Ashley and I'm the new editor. I've recently moved back to the area and I'm excited to join the Co-op Team as I'm passionate about supporting a local economy, living sustainably and protecting the earth. I'm trained in graphic and website design and will be re-designing the Co-op website in the near future.
Expect more changes, additions and enjoy! My goal is to create a beautiful and intuitive online experience. If you have any feedback or suggestions for upcoming issues, please feel free to email me. I hope you enjoy the newsletter!

Store Updates

Okanagan Bake House Bread will now be delivered Tuesday mornings around 11:30am – 12:00pm.

New Products

TrueHemp Supplement Sticks and Chews. These grain-free products support: 'Immune + Heart', 'Hip + Joint' and 'Calming' for Dogs.
OregaPet First Aid Gel supports a dog’s natural response to skin hotspots, insect bites, scratches, minor wounds, and minor burns.

Note: Our mandate is to be as local as possible. TrueLeaf products are currently manufactured in the United States, however stay tuned for their products being “produced in Lumby, BC”.
Barbara's Cheez Puffs Original
Mary's Organic Super Seed Crackers in 'Classic' and 'Basil & Garlic' flavours. Soyganic Tofu - Extra Firm.

Produce Highlights

Eat your veggies! Here's a highlight on one of our fresh, in-stock vegetables at the Co-op: COLLARDS.

What Are Collards?  They are a member of the cruciferous family. They have large, smooth leaves that are dark green to bluish green in colour. The leaves are quite stiff and have a long stalk.

Why Should We Eat Them?  According to Dr. Michael Gregger, â€ścruciferous vegetables do wonders for your health, from fighting cancer and boosting your defences against pollutants and pathogens to protecting your brain, vision and more.” Elson M. Haas, MD states in 'Staying Healthy with Nutrition': â€śCollard greens in particular are rich in Vitamin A, with some protein, good fibre content, vitamin C and a good source of the minerals calcium, potassium, iron and zinc”.

What Do You Do with Collards?  Steaming them quickly like spinach will keep the most nutrients. As well, shred them and add them to soups, scrambled eggs or tofu, fried rice or tomato sauces, add torn up pieces to your smoothies, juice them whole, or get adventurous and use them whole as a wrap with your favourite fillings.

"The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members."

Coretta Scott King

Upcoming Events

We're excited to announce the following events:

CBC's 'Still Standing' is Coming to Lumby!
Canadian actor and comedian, Jonny Harris, from CBC's 'Still Standing' will be in Lumby January 13 – 18th! There is a skating event on January 16th, the Co-op will host a Members Open House on January 17th, then Jonny will perform at the White Valley Community Centre on January 18th at 6:00pm (free admission).

Members After 5 Open House at the Co-op

Thursday, January 17th, 5:00-7:00pm
There will be savory snacks, hot apple cider, punch and herbal tea. Members are welcome to bring dessert finger food (please provide a list of your ingredients for those with dietary restrictions and allergies). There will be music and possibly a special guest. We look forward to seeing you there!
Business Planning Meeting
Scheduled for January 26. Details will be available when confirmed.
For more information, please email the Co-op.
Annual General Meeting (AGM)
Tuesday, February 19th at the White Valley Community Centre
More details to follow in the February Newsletter
Each member is encouraged to attend.
Come and exercise your democratic rights and responsibilities.

The Co-op Needs You!

Our Co-Op is 100% volunteer run. There is something for everyone, as your talents are many and special. The question is...
What would you like to help with?

Benefits of Volunteering:
- Receive a 10% store discount (in addition to the 10% members discount) with 4+ hours of work
- Entry into our weekly Volunteer Raffle for a vendor-donated prize
- When volunteers go above and beyond their regular commitments, they also receive a $25 voucher
- Friendship, team-building, giving back to the community
Ways to Help:
-  cashier  -  receiver  -  product labeling  -
-  packaging orders  -  marketing  -  workshops  -
-  pick-up and deliveries  -  
-  special events organizer  -  trade show rep - 

Roles Starting in March 2019:

Raffle Organizer â€“ This role requires less than 20 hours annually. Responsibilities include: contacting vendors about donations for the Volunteer Raffle, setting up raffle dates and reminding vendors. If you're interested in offering your skills to this role, please email Sonja H.

Volunteer Liaison â€“ Help organize volunteers! If you're interested in offering your skills to this role, please email Chris.

Marketing Committee â€“ A new marketing committee has formed, if you're interested in joining, please email Sonja P.

"The way to change the world is through individual responsibility and taking local action in your own community."

Jeff Bridges

Board Updates

Paul Fisher, Sonja Huber and Chris Bauman will be finishing up their terms as board members as of the AGM in late February. A big thank you to them and the other board members that steer the Co-op ship. Chris intends to run again. If you are considering running for the Co-op Board, please get in touch with a board member to learn what this entails.

Next Board Meeting

Thursday February 7 at 6:00pm 
2301 Mountain View Avenue

All members are welcome to observe.

If you have an agenda item, please email it or drop it off at the Co-op store.

Thanks for reading and being part of the Co-op. We wish you all the best in 2019.

Monashee Community Co-op Team
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