Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Toy Run closes West-bound Pacific Ave this Saturday 1-3!

Planning on shopping at the Eastside Co-op this weekend? You may want to plan around the 34th Annual Toy Run, which will be closing west-bound Pacific Ave on Saturday afternoon.

West-bound Pacific Ave will begin being closed down shortly before 1pm to accommodate the 17,000+ motorcyclists who ride to "provide toys for needy kids." It can take two hours for the parade of festive motorcycles to pass through, so don't plan on crossing town until after 3pm unless you want to stop and watch.

Find more details about the Toy Run, including the full route, at their website!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Cozy Vale Milk Recall

Cozy Vale Creamery has voluntarily issued a recall of whole and skim milk, and cream, with a pull date of Dec. 6 or earlier. You can return any of these products to the Co-op for a refund or exchange.

Cozy Vale issued the recall after a test found E. coli bacteria on the floor of their milking and/or processing facilities. E. coli was NOT found on the cows, processing equipment, or in their milk. WSDA collects multiple monthly and surveillance samples at Cozy Vale (as they do at all raw creameries), and has not previously found contaminated samples. The creamery has shut down in order to thoroughly clean and sanitize the whole facility.

Three illnesses have been reported in Cozy milk customers since August. However, it is not confirmed that their sickness was caused by Cozy Valley's milk products.

E. coli infections may cause severe diarrhea, stomach cramps and bloody stools. Symptoms generally appear three to four days after exposure, but can take as long as nine days to appear. Anyone experiencing these symptoms should contact a health care provider, the dairy advised.

Consumers with questions may contact the company at 360-264-4663.

To read more about raw milk regulation in Washington, check out WSDA's information page.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Late night ballot counting!

Ballot counters hard at work at the Co-op office!

One member's envelope provoked delighted laughter with its combination of creative recycling and re-messaging!

Board Election Results!

After a late night of verifying and counting ballots, we are happy to welcome our three new Board members Cezanne Murphy-Levesque, Joshua Simpson and Joseph Webster. We also welcome back returning Board member Rob Richards for his second term.

We received 434 valid ballots, plus 47 that were unable to be counted due to inactive or unverifiable membership status. All votes were verified by two separate counts.

The final count was:

Cezanne Murphy-Levesque 275
Joshua Simpson 274
Rob Richards 256
Joseph Webster 241

Allyson Ruppenthal 232
Keith Dublanica 172

Many thanks to our group of late-night ballot counters! Volunteer Jackie Krzyzek verified piles of ballots, while Fern Moore, Jason Baghboudarian, and volunteers Laura and Jaime Kaszynski counted votes. Aurora Kaszynski-McGinnis (age "almost 8") provided levity, artwork, and helped us eat pizza.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Find GMO-free products with a simple search!

The Non-GMO project maintains a database of companies and products in their Non-GMO Product Verification Program. Click here to search for your favorite products and brands!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Annual Membership Meeting!

Join us for the Annual Membership Meeting!

Discuss current events and hear updates from the Co-op committees.

Meet your fellow members: staff members, volunteer working members, and the member-candidates for the Board of Directors.

All of this, of course, while sharing the gifts of our community, good wholesome food.

See you there!

Sunday, November 6th, 12:30 - 3:00pm

Washington Center for the Performing Arts
Stage 2 -- Black Box Theater
512 Washington St. SE
Olympia, WA 98501


Response to lawsuit against Co-op Board members

Yesterday, lawyers for the sixteen current and former Co-op Board members (including three staff members) named in the lawsuit that seeks to overturn the Israeli product boycott decision filed a motion to strike the lawsuit.

Read a full copy of our joint press release with the Center for Constitutional Rights.

You can view the original lawsuit and the motion to strike as well as other information on CCR's case page.

To comment on the boycott or the lawsuit, please contact the Board of Directors at 357-1106 x13 or email ofcboard -at- olympiafood.coop.

If you are a member of the press, please email publicrelations -at- olympiafood.coop.