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From the GM — November 2017

posted on Wednesday, November 1st, 2017

Dear Karma Members,

Thanks to all who attended this year’s AGM. It was a well-attended meeting complete with AGM regulars and some new faces as well! We welcomed four new faces to the Board of Directors and said goodbye to several members as well. I wanted to sincerely thank all the board members who left the board this year. Being on the Board of Directors is a big commitment and very important work. I truly enjoyed and learned so much in working with each one of you. Thank you for your commitment to Karma and in helping your co-op move forward.

On a related note, I realize I wrongfully neglected to mention a very important topic and thank you at the AGM — a topic I am sure would have sparked discussion around the room, especially since I had received so much input on the topic from members individually. That was in regards to the member who generously gave a monetary gift to help Karma in whatever way the board and myself saw appropriate. As mentioned in last month’s newsletter, this was a gift given from someone who adores their co-op and who is also in a position to give. This gift is so greatly appreciated and will surely do good for our co-op. I want to offer my deepest gratitude and thanks to that individual.

The donation and article, Karma’s Future, had members talking. The spirit of the article was to present the option of donating and to inspire other members who might find themselves in a similar position to give in a monetary way.

You will be happy to know that the article has inspired others. Since the article was written, another member contacted me to find out how their money could be of use to Karma. After some discussion, this member decided they would like to fund Karma’s social media strategy — a project that will be commencing mid-November for approximately four months, and that will see us hiring a social media professional to help boost Karma’s social media and online presence in order to increase membership.  So another very big and grateful thank you needs to be expressed to this member, a long-time member to whom Karma means a great deal. Your generosity is very appreciated by myself and fellow members. Thank you, thank you.

If any of this resonates with you, please feel free to connect with me to chat about the possibilities. I would be happy to explore any ideas you might have or share with you some of mine.

FREE Vermicompost!

Karma’s worms and vermicompost team have been working hard to produce and harvest this year’s worm compost! Help yourselves to the compost for use in your gardens or houseplants. The compost is in blue rubbermaid bins just outside the front doors. Vermicompost is a wonderful soil amendment full of vital nutrients to keep your plants (and soil!) healthy. Use as is as a top dressing or make into a tea for fast absorption by plants.

Changes to cashing out

In the very near future, we will be asking for your last name, instead of household number, when cashing out. This is to resolve some issues we’ve been having with members being cashed out under the wrong accounts. We hope that in asking for member’s names, we will alleviate this issue and be more personable in the process!

Yours co-operatively,
Talia McGuire
General Manager
Karma Co-op
manager@karmacoop.org