Linden Hills Co-op would like to thank Steve Alves for helping us make this year's Annual Membership Meeting our best one yet! As our keynote speaker, Steve showed multiple scenes from his forthcoming Food for Change documentary and spoke about the origins of the project. Thanks to Steve, our members came away with renewed pride in the cooperative model, a greater understanding of its benefits to society and a renewed commitment to strengthening cooperative relationships.
Preceding Steve's talk, we served a seasonally-inspired buffet and during the movie, members snacked on locally made Angie's Kettle Corn. Between the dinner and Steve's thought-provoking presentation, our members experienced a truly special evening.
Nearly everyone who RSVP'd to the meeting specifically mentioned Food for Change as a primary reason for their attendance. With 250 people attending-a figure that far surpasses past meetings-Linden Hills Co-op ranked second among Twin Cities co-ops for percentage of members in attendance.
Here's what some members had to say about the film:
"Loved it- funny, interesting, serious, informative, etc. The historical component was interesting. I think the film will educate a lot of co-op shoppers who go only for organic food v. co-op principles."
"I like the idea that the co-op invention is a middle path: not extreme corporate, not socialist. An alternative to extremes."
"The linking of the importance of co-ops and history to what co-ops are about now and the importance of where we're headed."
"Nice mix of serious topics and human humor. Really freaky sense of how similar our recent economic woes, and their causes, are to what occurred in the 20s + 30s."
"Love seeing history, seeing how people from different eras really are not different from each other. We all look for solutions to the same problems, and seem to find similar, sensible answers."
"I didn't realize that the modern day cooperative movement grew out of the Great Depression but was interrupted by war... really interesting! Love the historical footage."
"Really, really interesting. The archival material was amazing. Concepts of tying it altogether... co-op member ownership, healthy food, supporting sustainable agriculture."
"You have started what I hope is a wonderful tradition for the annual meeting... We are all in need of time to be with each other in community, as much or even more than we need good healthy connected food.The film was a wonderful addition."