Past Member-Owner Meetings
Note: Due to the confidential nature, all member minutes are password protected. Please call the co-op with your member number to obtain the password and download instructions, or email memberservices-AT-honestweight.coop.
General Membership Meeting - Sunday, February 22, 2015
Discussion and votes concerned changes to the Food and Policy Manual and approval of Empire State Plaza contracts.
- Minutes (to be posted as soon as available)
- Proposed changes to meat and seafood policy
- Message from the board of directors
Special Membership Meeting - Sunday, October 26, 2014
An election was held to fill a Board vacancy, a report was given by the GRC, and there was discussion concerning changes to the Food and Product Manual.
General Membership Meeting - Sunday, September 28, 2014
The meeting included approval of the annual budget and a GRC election. (See previous meeting for budget information.)
General Membership Meeting - Sunday, June 29, 2014
The meeting failed to reach a quorum and will be resecheduled for September.
General Membership Meeting - Sunday, April 27, 2014
The meeting included Board elections and a report from the GRC.
General Membership Meeting - Monday, September 30, 2013
The meeting included the GRC elections and votes on fracking, a bylaws change and authorizing new shares.
General Membership Meeting - Sunday, June 9, 2013
The agenda included a vote on an addition to the meat and fish policy and a vote on the annual budget.
General Membership Meeting- Sunday, May 19, 2013
The agenda included a vote on the meat and fish policy, a vote on the alcohol policy, a discussion of the patronage refund, an update on the new store, and an open discussion.
General Membership Meeting - Sunday, April 21, 2013
Board elections were held at this meeting. Erin Shaw, Bill Frye, Lynne Lekakis, Marwin Margolies, and Sam Messina were elected to the Board. We thank Ned Depew for his service on the board. Paul Kopmar and Stephen Winters also were not elected. On the other confidential matter that we considered, we decided to follow the suggestion of the NCGA.
General Membership Meeting - Sunday, March 18, 2013
Annual Budget Meeting- Jan. 27, 2013
General Membership Meeting- Sunday, September 30, 2012
There was a vote about the member discount, a Governance Review Council election, a discussion about the mission statement, a discussion about product manual issues, and a discussion about Board member compensation.
General Membership Meeting- Sunday, April 29, 2012
The following members were elected to the board of directors: Ron Royne, Hilary Yeager, Rebekah Rice, Jason Rathbun.
General Membership Meeting- Sunday, April 22, 2012
The membership voted to support the development of the new store. We adopted a resolution to authorize construction and development, including committing to a fixed budget, borrowing money from primary and secondary lenders, leasing equipment, expending resources to do so, and completing any necessary steps in land use permitting we need from the city. The vote passed overwhelmingly, 120-6.
General Membership Meeting- Sunday, March 25, 2012
Item 1: Proposal to Amend HWFC Bylaws to Address Conflicts of Interest and Employee-Directors DEFEATED: No votes: 77, Yes votes: 64
Item 2: Shall we raise the price of a share from $100 to $150 and retain the payment plan options? DEFEATED: Yes votes: 90, No votes: 52 (2/3 of those who voted are required by the bylaws and the Cooperative Corporations Law to pass this item- we were very close.)
Item 3: Shall we extend the current discount structure (8%/24%) for six months until September 30, 2012? PASSED: Yes votes: 121, No votes: 21.
General Membership Meeting- Sunday, January 29, 2012
- Honest Weight Community Initiative proposal
- Signup Form for Electronic Communications
Voting results: Budget vote passed 98-9; Honest Weight Community Initiative passed 86-15.
General Membership Meeting- Sunday, October 16th, 2011
Leif Hartmark and Sandy Mackay were elected to the GRC and the strategic plan workplans passed.
General Membership Meeting - June 26, 2011
The first two questions had to do with editorial changes to the membership manual to facilitate future editing:
Question 1: Shall we adopt these small issue changes to the Membership Manual?
Passed: 109 yes to 8 no
Question 2: Shall we adopt these changes in language describing discount in the Membership Manual?
Passed: 96 yes to 16 no
The next question was about new rules for members to transfer hours to one another. It puts limits on the amount per month and year allowed to be transferred and gives the co-op the ability to decline transfers when they have exceeded the limits:
Question 3: Shall we adopt the proposed changes to the Membership Manual regarding hours bank transfers?
Passed: 104 yes to 10 no
The next question had to do with orientation requirements. All those who buy a share will be invited to attend an orientation, but it will no longer be mandatory. It will, however, be mandatory for those who wish to work in the store to attend an orientation. The membership committee will recommend materials to be given to those who buy a share.
Question 4: Shall we adopt these proposed changes regarding orientation requirements for household and shareholders?
Passed: 84 yes to 35 no
The final question was about lowering the discount by 2% for weekly and monthly workers for 9 months while we study shopping patterns and make recommendations for the 2012 budget cycle to further address the discount expenditures:
Question 5: Shall we adopt this change to the member manual which will lower the discount until March 30, 2012 to 24% for weekly and 8% for monthly work requirements, and update the balance of the manual where the discount levels are spelled out?
Passed: 97 yes to 40 no
General Membership Meeting- Apr. 10, 2011
Slide show and other files presented at the meeting (these are password protected files; call the co-op with your member number to obtain the password, or email nate [at] hwfc.com):
- Not-for-Profit Information with Pro/Con Statements
- Slide Show about Member Discounts
- Handout about Member Discount Options
- Staw Poll Ballot on the Member Discount Options
Jessica Allen Hayek, Alexandra Juhre, Roman Kuchera, and Rob Sweeney were elected to the Board of Directors.
The question, "Should we proceed with establishing the Honest Weight Community Initiative, Inc. a nonprofit organization, with HWFC, Inc. as its sole member?" passed with 70 "yes" votes and 32 "no" votes.
General Membership Meeting- Oct. 17, 2010
Jody Haggard and Ursula Abrams were elected to the Governance Review Council. Members voted 89-48 in favor of applying for a beer license. There was also a discussion of the member discount.
Special Membership Meeting- August 1st, 2010
There was a presentation of and voters approved the design of the new store. For more information, including drawings of the proposed new store, see the announcemant and minutes below.
General Membership Meeting- April 18th, 2010
Members elected five board members at this meeting, and voted on a change to the bylaws.
General Membership Meeting- January 24th, 2010
The agenda for this General Membership Meeting included voting on the co-op's 2010 budget.
General Membership Meeting - October 25, 2009
The agenda for this meeting included a governance review council election and updates on the new store. Also on the agenda was a vote on two additions to the HWFC Food & Product Manual: Proposed Deli Guidelines and Proposed Wellness Department Guidelines Click here for the membership approved guidelines in the Food and Product Manual: Additional Deli Guidelines and Additional Wellness Guidelines
Both candidates for the Governance Review Council, Ginny McEwan and Matt Smalls, were elected to office with each candidate receiving 101 votes.
The Deli Guidelines passed 99 to 1 and the Wellness Department Guidelines passed 97 to 4.
General Membership Meeting - June 7, 2009
General Membership Meeting - April 5th, 2009
Agenda summary: review annual report, elect Board members, meat stocking proposal.
General Membership Meeting - January 25th, 2009
Members approve the design of the new building.
On the proposed 2009 Budget: Yes 193 No 11
On the proposed new store design: Yes 185 No 17
On GRC Candidacies: Bill Frye 84 Dan Nerenberg 82 Elected to the GRC: Bill Frye; Dan Nerenberg
On proposed By-law Amendments:
- Number 1 Yes 92 No 11
- Number 2 Yes 101 No 0
- Number 3 Yes 101 No 0
General Membership Meeting - October 5th, 2008
- Food and Product Manual: Deli Section
- Food and Product Manual: Body Aids Section
- Hiatus Requirement: Formal By-law Proposal from GRC
- Recommendation for By-laws Document Format
- Number of Signatures Required to Initiate the Petition Process Decision
General Membership Meeting - June 1st, 2008
After a lively meeting, Honest Weight members voted 123 to 11, with one abstention, to pursue a design for the new store that presumes building to suit on the 100 Watervliet Avenue site.
Annual Meeting - April 27, 2008
General Membership Meeting - February 24, 2008
General Membership Meeting - Oct. 21, 2007
Co-op members voted 189-13 to purchase property at 100 Watervliet Ave. in Albany as a future site for the Co-op. The closing was scheduled for Oct. 31.
General Membership Meeting - September 23, 2007
A discussion of bylaw changes to clarify our structure and help our organization run smoothly. These items were discussed at the last meeting, but were unable to be voted upon due to a rule about bylaw and incorporation changes.
- Proposed Bylaw Changes
- Kent Street Proposal
- Jared King's Alternative Bylaws Proposed Provision
- Proposed Membership Manual Update
Membership Meeting - June, 2007
Annual Meeting - April, 2007
Membership Meeting - April, 2006
Membership Meeting - January, 2006
Membership Meeting - June, 2005
Annual Membership Meeting - April, 2005
Membership Meeting - October, 2004
- Stragegic Planning Draft
- Food Policy Draft
- Financial Planning and Forecasting
- Governance Organizational Chart
- ASP Report
- Site Prospectus & Tracking
- New Store Site Slideshow
- New Store Site Grid