Happy New Year to all 1350+ Dubuque Food Co-op member-owners! After several long years of waiting the opening of your co-op is just months away. Thank you all for your patience, support and enthusiasm. 2013 was a great year for us as we reached our fundraising goals, signed a lease, made significant progress on buildout and hired our very first employee. We know 2014 will be even better, and everyday we can see the store taking shape and getting closer to finally opening its doors to you and the rest of the Dubuque community. Believe me when I say that day can't come soon enough, but we want to make sure we do everything right beforehand, even if it means taking a few extra days or weeks.
I won't bore you with too many financial details but thought you might like to hear that both our build out and equipment packages have come in well within our budgetary projections. I temper that good news with the reminder that it isn’t over yet and some unexpected expenses may still be encountered. A quick tip of the hat to our GM Patrick is in order here as he has done a masterful job of sourcing equipment and knowing where quality is paramount and when to safely explore lightly used options – thanks Patrick!
At the core of a successful co-op are active and involved member-owners and we have two openings on our Board of Directors that will be filled at our Annual Member Meeting to be held March 14. If you have interest in being a part of the Board and helping guide the store in its infancy I highly encourage you to consider running for the Board. More details are below. I also want to take the time to thank Jamie Easley and Will Hoyer, the two Board members whose terms are up, for all their service over the last few years.
Thanks again to all of you, the rest of the Board and Patrick for all that you have done for the co-op and I can't wait to see you all shopping in the store in 2014!
DFC Board President