2018 Annual Owner Meeting Recap

ImageThank you to everyone who attended and made possible the 2018 Annual Owner Meeting at Coffman Memorial Union on Tuesday, Oct. 30.

We were honored to have Sean Sherman of The Sioux Chef create the menu of indigenous foods. Thank you to the Seward Co-op Creamery Café staff who prepared the meal.

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Diversity and Community Engagement Manager LaDonna Sanders Redmond, who was the facilitator for the event, invited Sean Sherman to share teachings on indigenous foods. Sean's presentation was livestreamed and can be viewed on our Facebook page. Thank you to RedBone Singers, a Twin Cities drum group, for singing prior to Sean's talk and to Brian Heart for offering a prayer in Dakota. Thank you also to Dana Thompson, co-owner and COO of The Sioux Chef for making arrangements and attending the meeting.

It was a packed house and a packed night. Results of the board election were announced, the 2018 Scorecard was made available and our 2019 SEED grant recipients were announced, including the four Community Choice picks. A video about the Community Foods program debuted and can be viewed on YouTube.

We would like to thank the University of Minnesota, wait staff from Hire A Host, Eureka Recycling for partnering with us on our compost- and recycling-only event, the Wedge Co-op for providing bar service and snacks, Birchbark Books & Native Arts for offering books for sale, and Sunshine Tree Child Development Center for providing childcare. Thank you to our language interpreters and to all of the staff who organized and executed the event.

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