June Letter from the President

June 22, 2015

A quick note from the President this month – we’ve got lots to celebrate! 

We will be having our 2nd Annual Meeting on Wednesday, June 24, 2015. You are invited!  Bring a dish to pass, bring a friend who might be interested in joining – we are looking at this event as a mini-member drive! We will be at Menominee Park from 6-8PM in shelter #2. We will provide beverages and cups; you bring the dishes your group needs to eat (plates, forks, etc.).   Come celebrate all we’ve accomplished this past year and hear about what’s coming next!


On June 4, we held a very successful member drive event, Co-op Grow Op! We had nationally-known Michelle Schry speak on the importance of Co-ops in communities and wow, did our audience respond!  We had over 45 new households join the Oshkosh Food Co-op as Member-Owners and we couldn’t be happier! The exciting thing is that those new members can speak to their friends and neighbors and further extend the possibility of membership!  A huge shout-out to the Table Captains, planning committee and volunteers who made that event rock!


Remember, we need your help to keep this momentum going and to keep growing our membership! Host a house party or summer BBQ and invite a board member to answer questions about the Co-op and sign up members! The weather’s perfect and who doesn’t like a get-together?

If every current member recruited two new members and those new members each got two more, we’d meet our membership goal to open.  It’s really that simple!

Email us at [email protected] or click here: Home Party Interest Form


We’ll see you around town and at the Farmers Market!

In touch,

Kelly Matthews

OFC President

Public Agenda May 27, 2015

Oshkosh Food Co-op Board Meeting Date: 5-27-15 Time: 7:30-9:30pm

Location: 817 Waugoo Ave, Oshkosh WI

  1. Welcome
  2. Member Comment Period [3 minutes per comment]
  3. Approve minutes of previous meeting
  4. Treasurers Report
  • Including tax filing update (Nicole)

Standing Business

  • Committee check in: a brief update/report
  1. Communications
  2. House Party Scheduling/follow up
  3. Co-opapalooza
  4. Messaging
  5. Software
  6. Michelle Schry [Member drive event June 4]
  7. One on One visits
  8. Summer Market
  9. Elections planning/Annual Meeting
  10. Seed Grant
  11. Phone – a – thon
  12. Video Update

New Business

Other Business


May Letter from the President

May 18, 2015

Hello OFC Member-Owners and Supporters,

May is here – things are blooming, windows are open, and that is a good feeling! Things are blooming and we want memberships to bloom too – and they are! Last month, a Co-op supporter, Miyoko, hosted a house party. She invited a few other people she thought might be interested to hear more about the OFC. Board member Paul Van Auken attended and answered questions, shared the progress of the Co-op, and listened carefully to comments. At the end of the night, 100% of the households joined! What’s more – two of the households that joined have offered to host house parties of their own! It’s exciting and we know momentum is building!

The math is simple – we gain members one at a time, but what is powerful is that each new member gives us access to many more potential members!

 We have three easy ways you can help keep this momentum going:

  1. Host your own house party.

  2. Captain a table for our June 4 Member Drive event, Co-op Grow-Op!

  3. Spread the word about Co-opalooza and join the planning team!



We have had a number of folks and businesses step forward to host a house party – let’s keep up that momentum! We are asking people to host house parties with people in their circles, whether those circles be social, work, faith community, sport, school or some other - people who haven't heard about the Co-op but know you.  It can be a potluck, a wine and cheese night, a game night, a dessert bar – you name it! A board member would be available to make a short, informal presentation and help with the 'ask' for membership.  You can help support our effort by hosting a house party or talking to friend about hosting.  Click here to sign up: Home Party Interest Form



We are looking for Table Captains for our June 4th Member Drive event. We are inviting Michelle Schry from the People’s Co-op in La Crosse to speak with us about the benefits of Co-ops and what a community-owned grocery store can do for us! For this event, you would commit to bringing 7 other people who are not currently members, who are interested in learning more about the Oshkosh Food Co-op and who are considering membership. If you want more information about this event, email us at [email protected] – we can hook you up with the planning committee for additional details. It’s exciting to hear people are already RSVPing for the event! I think it is going to be a fabulous night!



we are still working on plans for Co-opalooza event for the early Fall (tentative date October 3, 2015) - we have the support of some local musicians and want to turn this into a fun member drive event.  If you would like to be part of the planning committee, we would love to have you. Please email us and let us know your interest. You can reach us at [email protected]

Anything else on your mind that we should know about? Have a marketing idea for us or a way to encourage membership? Let us know and we could feature your idea in the future!


In touch,

Kelly Matthews

OFC President

Public Agenda 5/13/2015

Oshkosh Food Co-op Board Meeting             Date: 5-13-15                       Time: 7:30-9:30

Location: 817 Waugoo Ave, Oshkosh WI


  1. Welcome
  2. Member Comment Period [3 minutes per comment]
  3. Approve minutes of previous meeting
  4. Treasurers Report
  5. Standing Business

6. Committee check in: a brief update/report


House Party scheduling/follow up




Michelle Schry [Member drive event June 4]

One on One visits

Summer Market

Elections planning/Annual Meeting

Seed Grant

Video Update

7. New Business

Volunteer projects – phone-a-thon for annual meeting

8.    Other Business

9.    Adjourn

Presidential Transition

This week we have gone through a transition in leadership, specifically the position for the President of the Oshkosh Food Coop. Please read the letter in the link below from our former President, Bridgette Weber, and our new President, Kelly Matthews. We will continue to strive to gather membership in our community and keep spreading the word!

Presidential Transition

Become a Member-Owner