It’s that wonderful time of year where each of us reflects in our own way on the many blessings and events that have shaped our lives over the past year. On a personal level I remain grateful for continued good health, a strong close knit family and most importantly that the Dubuque Food Coop has finally moved into the construction phase! Just this past week our walk-in coolers arrived onsite and our friends from AAA Mechanical have started the process of assembling them onto their permanent footings. Progress folks, real progress!
I am also grateful to our General Manager Patrick Brickel and his lovely family for taking a leap of faith with the Dubuque Food Coop and for uprooting their comfortable lives in Iowa City to take on this amazing opportunity in Dubuque. Patrick’s early body of work has been impressive and I am totally confident we have only seen the tip of the iceberg. If you haven’t had a chance to visit with Patrick yet then you are in for a real treat! I am also grateful for the continued cooperation of Gronen Properties as we toiled over the past couple years to get our sea legs and raise the funds necessary to open the store. Their patience and understanding has been key to securing our future in the Millwork District – what a team they have!
On this next one I am going to take the liberty to speak on behalf of the entire board of directors; Thank you to our membership for the unbelievable support and energy this past year. From reassuring and kind words to countless volunteer hours we have leaned heavily on you guys to see this project through. We are also deeply grateful to our investors who believed in the concept of a locally sourced and community- owned natural food store – without their financial support this dream would never have come to see the light of day.
Wishing all of you a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday and we look forward to seeing you in early 2014 at the Co-op!
Together in food,
President, DFC Board of Directors