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Join us for our monthly potluck gathering outdoors on the boulevard (Logan & Whipple) after the Logan Square Farmers Market on Sunday, June 22nd from 5-8pm. Bring a smile and a dish to share, and a lawn game if you're keen. BYOB. Friends, family, and neighbors of all ages welcome!
Cycle to work from June 13-20th!
The Dill Pickle staff & owners will join more than 7,000 people at 450 local workplaces for this year's Bike Commuter Challenge hosted by the Active Transportation Alliance, a non-profit advocacy organization that works throughout Chicagoland to improve conditions for bicycling, walking and transit while engaging people in healthy and active ways to get around.
Sign up to log your miles and help us represent our co-op's commitment to healthy lifestyles and sustainable transportation! You don’t have to bike all the way every day -- just biking to your local bus or train stop counts. Nearly 20% of participants will be commuting on two wheels for the first time!
June is here, and our new owner benefits system has now taken effect: a 10% grocery discount once per calendar month on the day of your choice, rotating special owner sales, and a year-end patronage rebate if the co-op runs a surplus. At checkout, you'll now be asked, "Would you like to use your discount today?" It's use it or lose it, so don't forget to answer "yes" monthly, and if there are two folks on your owner account, be sure to coordinate shopping!
>> Sharon Hoyer, General Manager.
Last week, I talked at some length about the four feasibility aspects of an expansion project—site, financial, design, and organizational—how they’re interrelated and developed in tandem. With so much focus on where the site will be, what it will look like and how much it will cost, the organizational work can sometimes feel secondary. This isn’t the case with the talented staff and board of the Dill Pickle! As a young co-op, learning and growing is in our DNA; our whipsmart, creative crew is excited to take on more responsibility, increase outreach and programming, and make our co-op better every day, before expansion and after.
And sharing information is part of the international co-op philosophy; you’ll see it hanging on our wall near the front window—Principle 6: cooperation among co-ops. Three members of our staff just returned from People’s Food Co-op in Kalamazoo, MI, where they met with their counterparts and learned how another great co-op navigated a major expansion. The good folks in K-zoo exemplified P6, hosting Dana Norden, our perishables lead, Amber Zook, our new produce lead, and Ally Young, our HOO and communications coordinator, giving them a store tour, answering questions one-on-one, and inviting them into their management meeting. Great ideas were shared both ways and new friendships were formed. Next week, two board members and two staff members (including yours truly), head to Madison for the annual CCMA food co-op conference…the biggest in the country! I can’t wait to report back what we learn about ushering Dill Pickle smoothly into a new home.