by Wesley Pittman & Barry Aleshnik
As the old mealtime prayer goes, blessings on our food, the work of many hands. Blessings on our Co-op as well, which needs the hands, hearts, and minds of all our members. The BFC Shareholder Forum (SF) offers all members of the cooperative a chance to think about the present and the future of our enterprise, our community, our world. The primary purpose of the SF is to exercise and promote cooperative values and principles by giving shareholders a greater voice in our Co-op and to incubate constructive and creative ideas.
We meet the third Sunday of each month from 5 to 7 p.m. During the last year we've considered the way we govern the Co-op; the quality of the work environment; and the ways the membership, the Board of Directors, the management, and the staff communicate. We try to understand the relationship of our store to the community it serves.