2017 Annual Report

Every fall, we spend some time looking back on the past year, and all the things we've accomplished. Some of this involves running sales numbers for local products, while some is just reviewing new programs and events that we implemented. It's quite a fun process, and we can't help but feel a little proud of all the awesome things we've been up to. 

We take all this info and wrap it into a neat little package that we call our Annual Report. Please click the button below and take some time to check it out. 

November Cheese of the Month

Save 20% all November Long on this Cheese!

Etivaz APC is a hard cheese made from raw milk. It is produced by hand over an open fire from May to October in just over a hundred Alpine dairies in the Vaud canton Alps according to a traditional recipe. The raw milk is treated directly in the dairy and is full of aromas of fine Alpine herbs. 

Etivaz AOP has a characteristic aromatic/fruity taste with slight hints of nuts that can vary slightly from Alp to Alp depending on the food given to the cows. Its dough is ivory to light yellow in color, and the round cheese weighs between 15 and 35 kilograms. Etivaz AOP matures for 5 to 13 months and keeps very well. It is only produced in small quantities, from 400 to 430 tons, i.e. 17’000 to 19’000 cheeses, during the summer months.

 

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Content thanks to Cheeses from Switzerland

2017 Election Results

First, we’d like to extend a BIG THANK YOU to our Co-Owners for participating in the annual election of Board of Directors. It is with great pleasure that we announce the results of candidates and the proposed bylaws amendments!

Please join us in welcoming the following directors (in order of appearance, left to right, then top to bottom):

  • Mary Cogswell (three-year term)
  • Josie Erskine (three-year term)
  • Zach Jones (three-year term)
  • Tracy Hitchcock (two-year term)
  • Jason Rosecast (one-year term)

 

In addition to the selection of candidates, there were three proposed bylaws changes. Each one has been approved by Co-Owners. You may read the full changes at the bottom of this page.

Thank you again for another successful election year.

We hope you will join us at the Annual Meeting & Community Celebration on October 21st from 2:00 –5:00 PM at JUMP. You will be able to meet the Board of Directors, local vendors, nonprofits, and members of the Co-op Crew. We will also have samples, community art projects, music, and good company.

 

 

In cooperation,

Boise Co-op Board of Directors

 


Bylaws Changes

 

Proposed Bylaw Change #1

Existing Bylaw Section 2.4, which currently reads as follows:

Section 2.4 — Responsibilities.  By accepting and retaining membership each applicant shall thereby agree to use the services of the Co-op on at least an occasional basis.  Each member shall keep reasonably current in payment of the share purchase requirement, other financial obligations of membership and shall notify the Co-op of any change to the owner’s name or address. 

Is hereby amended to read as follows (for convenience, new text is bold; deleted text is struck):

Section 2.4 — Responsibilities. By accepting and retaining membership each applicant shall thereby agree to use the services of the Co-op on at least an occasional basis. Each member shall keep reasonably current in payment of the share purchase requirement and other financial obligations of membership and shall notify the Co-op of any change to the owner’s name or address. Each member shall notify the Co-op of an e-mail address by which the member may receive written communications required or permitted by these bylaws, or shall notify the Co-op that the member has no e-mail address; and each member shall notify the Co-op of any change to the owner’s name or mail address or e-mail address.

Proposed Bylaw Change #2

“Existing Article VIII of the Bylaws (Bylaw Sections 8.1 – 8.5) addresses “patronage dividends.”  These sections provide, among other things, that net earnings of the Boise Co-op attributable to members’ purchases shall be allocated to members in proportion to their purchases; that nominal amounts that do not justify the expenses of distribution may be excluded from distribution; that net earnings may be reduced to create reserves for necessary business purposes; that up to 80% of the patronage dividend, if any, may be retained for capital purposes; and that no portion of any net operating loss shall be allocated to members, but losses may be carried forward to offset subsequent income from members.

Article VIII of the Bylaws is hereby amended by the addition of bylaw section 8.6, which reads as follows:

Section 8.6 — Failure to Claim or Redeem: The patronage dividend distributed to an owner (by any means, including as cash, as a voucher, or by credit redeemable at a cash register of the Cooperative) may be used for the purchase of goods at the Cooperative, redeemed for cash, or donated to the Cooperative. The portion of a patronage dividend distributed to any owner that is not claimed, used, redeemed or donated within 90 days of issuance date, or by the next June 30th from issuance date, whichever is later, shall revert to the Cooperative as a donation without further notice to the owner. Such cash portions of patronage dividends that are donated or that revert to the Cooperative as provided in this subsection shall be distributed and allocated to a tax-exempt charity as the Board may determine.

Reasons for this amendment:

In prior years approximately $40,000 of patronage dividends paid by the Co-op to members was unclaimed, and as a result the Co-op had to pay additional income taxes that exceeded the amount of the unclaimed dividends. The addition of Section 8.6 to the Co-op’s bylaws will permit the Board to donate unclaimed dividends to a charity and will also significantly reduce our income tax burden. The Boise Co-op Board recommends approval of this bylaw amendment.”

Proposed Bylaw Change #3

“Existing Bylaw Section 2.2, which currently reads as follows:

Section 2.2 — Admission.  Applicants will be admitted to membership upon submitting required information on a prescribed form, paying a nonrefundable application fee, and purchasing or subscribing to purchase a share at a price and upon payment terms, if any, all as determined by the Board of Directors.  The share purchase retirement may be waived in whole or in part for persons of low income.  On or before admission to membership, each member shall be provided a copy of these bylaws. 

Is hereby amended to read as follows (for convenience, deleted text is struck):

Section 2.2 — Admission. Applicants will be admitted to membership upon submitting required information on a prescribed form, paying a nonrefundable application fee, and purchasing or subscribing to purchase a share at a price and upon payment terms, if any, all as determined by the Board of Directors. The share purchase retirement may be waived in whole or in part for persons of low income. On or before admission to membership, each member shall be provided a copy of these bylaws.

October Cheese of the Month

Drive off Dracula, vanish the vampires, and go away ghouls! Every monster hunter needs this in their bag of thwarts: cheese! This artisan cheese is packed with so much garlic even daywalkers would turn up their nose, but you won't because this memorable garlic infused cheddar cheese is tangy and smooth.

Save 20% all month long on this cheese!
 

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Join Us For National Hunger Action Month 2017

September is National Hunger Action Month, and the Boise Co-op and Idaho Food bank plan to take action! Hunger is an issue that affects every county in the state. Each day in Idaho one in six go hungry, including 92,000 of our state’s children, and are in need of assistance. 

We are proud to be partnering with the Idaho Food Bank and our Co-Owners, to sponsor this year’s National Hunger Action Month. For the month of September, the Boise Co-op will be matching all donations made at our registers up to a total of $2,500. Every dollar donated to Idaho Food Bank provides four meals to hungry people in Idaho. That means together we can provide 20,000 additional meals!

The Boise Co-op also works yearlong with partners of the Idaho Food Bank to diminish food waste. In our last fiscal year, we donated $406,931 worth of food, an average of $36,000 per month. The donated food goes to the Meridian Food Bank, Boise Rescue Mission, and the Corpus Christi House.

Idaho Food Bank will be in our stores throughout September. Be sure to stop by to learn more about them and the programs they provide.

 

September Cheese of the Month

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You love a rich, tangy balsamic and a sweet nutty cheese, so why not enjoy them both at the same time? From Satori comes our September cheese of the month; save 20% all month long.

An absorbing Sartori discovery: The sweet, nutty, fruity flavors of our most-sought-after BellaVitano become even more desirable when blessed with a few prized drops of Modena balsamic vinegar. By gently bathing BellaVitano Gold in balsamic, cheesemaker Mike Matucheski has given it a sweet coating that burnishes the legend of BellaVitano with yet another honor from the World Cheese Awards.

Content Thanks to Satori Cheese

August Cheese of the Month

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Cheese for Breakfast? You bet! And as this month's Cheese of the Month, you'll save 20% all August long

Marin French Breakfast Cheese is a California original – a fresh unripened Brie made in our Marin Creamery since the late 1800’s. We put Breakfast Cheese on San Francisco’s saloon menus back in the days when men grabbed salted meat, pickled eggs and a mug of steam beer before heading to the docks to unload cargo from around the world. We’ve made Breakfast Cheese for over 100 years. It’s that good!

At Marin French we honor tradition but we’re not afraid to break with it. We’re just as crazy for innovation. For today’s savvy cheese lover we added a dollop of cream to Breakfast Cheese, fluffed it to 4 ounces and renamed it Petite Breakfast. It’s a fresh expression of our sweet local milk and cream, captures the essence of cool coastal breezes rolling over our Petaluma creamery and satisfies a craving for creamy, tangy fresh cheese with morning toast or evening cocktails.

Content Thanks to Marin Creamery

Fruit of the Month

Last July, we started a Co-op Kids Club Fruit of the Month program. This program is a huge hit, and we are so excited to share the successes of the first year with you. 

In one year, we've given out 7,576 pieces of fruit. That's over 1,500 pounds of organic fruit, and over 600 pieces every month!

And we're not just handing out bananas. I mean, we like bananas a LOT, but we wanted to make the program a little more exciting than just a banana over and over again. We've featured everything from kiwi fruit to dried dates to local peaches in the height of the season. Each month is a new fruit, so your kids will try all kinds of new things!

Not in the club yet? Next time you're in the store, pick up your free Co-op Kids punch card at the Customer Service desk. Every month, there is a new delicious, seasonal fruit to try. 

And the best part? We've heard from lots of parents that their kiddos are now eating fruit that their parents couldn't get them to try at home. We can't argue with that. Happy parents, and excited kids eating more fruit. It's a win-win!

July Cheese of the Month

Goat cheese lovers know the name. Cypress Grove produces some of the best fresh goat cheese around. Their Herbs de Humboldt is this month's cheese of the month, save 20% all month long on this amazing goat cheese.

"The earthy hand-mixed blend of Herbs de Provence creates a simple yet perfect balance. All of the herbal flavors you love, dried at the peak of the season. Clever in name, classic in taste. We use the finest ingredients we can get our hands on, and always start with the highest quality milk—the building block for our entire line of cheese.

Serving Suggestions

  • Crumble atop homemade pizza: add shredded mozzarella, roasted eggplant, green olives and fresh garlic.
  • Spoon into a fresh fig, wrap with a single slice of bacon and secure with a toothpick. Grill or broil, drizzle with a balsamic reduction."

Content Thanks to Cypress Grove

June Cheese of the Month

"Aged for over five months, Lilly Pad is an American original inspired by classic European alpine style cheeses. Excellent alone, as an ingredient in your favorite recipe or melted into a luscious cheese sauce, Lilly Pad is a cheese that loves a celebration. Enjoying a wedge of Lilly Pad will connect you to your roots—even as it inspires you to see things anew!"

Be sure and check out this alpine style aged cheese and SAVE 20% all month long!

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