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                                                                                                                                                Vol. 33, No. 1 JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2004

559 Carpenter Lane
Philadelphia, PA 19119
                                                          We a v e r s                             Wa y                     C o - o p                                                        Phone: 215-843-2350
                                                                                                                                                                                               Fax: 215-843-6945

                                                Recycling, Rehabbing & Renewing at 608                                                                                     President’s Report
                                                                                                                                                                           by Bob Noble

                                                                                                                                                            PHOTOS BY
                                                by Jessica Roland                  before...
                                                    In the 1950s and 60s, the                                                                                                  An abbreviated version of this report
                                                                                                                                                                           was delivered to the members at the

                                                                                                                                                            STEVE HEBDEN
                                                corner of Carpenter and
                                                Greene was a small but thriv-                                                                                              Weavers Way general membership meet-
                                                ing commercial district. There                                                                                             ing, Monday, December 8, 2003.
                                                wouldn’t have been room for                                                                                                The State of Our Co-op
                                                the hedgehog picnic and the                                                                                                    Financial Recovery: Weavers Way
                                                derelict hardware store would                                                                                              has traveled a great distance on the road
                                                                                                                                                                           to financial recovery. We’ve had six solid
Manager’s Corner                                have been bustling. The area
                                                was well into its decline when                                                                                             months of profitability. The operational
by Norman Weiss                                 Weavers Way made its evolu-                                                                                                viability and solvency of the store has
    One of the consequences of me being         tion from borrowed space at                                                                                                been well-established. We’ve now under-
Acting General Manager is the responsi-         Summit Presbyterian Church,                                                                                                gone two successful CPA year-end finan-
bility for writing this Manager’s Corner        to basement lair at 555, to ... and after                                                                                  cial reviews and we’re in the process of
article for the Shuttle. Writing this article   owner of the defunct Swank’s                                                                                               hiring an accounting firm to perform our
differs from the Suggestion Book article,       pharmacy at 559 Carpenter’s                                                                                                first-ever full-scale audit. Financial con-
which I regularly write/edit, because the       Lane in 1975.                                                                                                              trols have been established and an in-
Manager’s Corner gets front page billing,           While not of the scale orig-                                                                                           house audit is underway to ensure that we
and it doesn’t carry the disclaimer of the      inally envisioned, changes and                                                                                             are living by these new controls.
Suggestion Book article which is “com-          renewal are coming to the                                                                                                      Andi Sheaffer: On 11/19 a formal
ments may have been edited for brevity,         area. In 2000, the Co-op was                                                                                               complaint was filed with the District
clarity, and/or comedy.” Apparently I           renting space at 608-610                                                                                                   Attorney’s office accusing Andi Sheaffer
should have the disclaimer in the               Carpenter Lane, and created a                                                                                              of falsification and misrepresentation of
“Manager’s Corner” too, because I               business plan to buy the site                                                                                              the co-op’s finances. Five days later we
received six written and three verbal com-      and start a café and takeout                                                                                               received a call from the head of the
munications expressing disappointment           endeavor. During the settle-                                                                                               Economic Crimes Unit saying that they
                                                                                    REONOVATIONS LEAD TO AN AIRIER, MORE OPEN                                              would assign someone to meet with us.
and disapproval about last issue’s              ment process, the Co-op’s
Manager’s Corner, in which I mentioned          financial problems came to 610 CARPENTER LANE.                                                                                            (continued on page 9)
our co-op selling cigarettes and junk food      light. While the purchase went through,        currently at that site will move to the new
to teenagers as a way to build sales.           the concept for the new space changed. It      property.                                                                   Allocating Losses to
    I did wonder if last month’s article        was determined by the Board of Directors          So what has been happening at 608
was “over the top,” but I thought readers       and the Financial Recovery Committee           and 610 Carpenter Lane? Steve Hebden,                                       Member Capital
would realize I was kidding. To those that      that Weavers Way could not carry the bur-
didn’t, I apologize. Just for the record,       den of three mortgages and remain finan-
                                                                                               long time Co-op staffer, has acted as
                                                                                               rehab coordinator for the renovation. He
people who know me know I place high            cially viable, let alone sustain the risk of a managed outside contractors and over 20                                     by Bob Noble
value on eating right and exercising and        new business venture. In 2003, plans were      volunteer members who have devoted                                              This article was a handout at the
                                                made to sell the building at 551 Carpenter
              (continued on page 20)                                                                           (continued on page 7)                                       December 8, 2003, General Membership
                                                Lane. The pet supplies and office space
                                                                                                                                                                           Meeting. The initial “Background” sec-
Weavers Way Looks Ahead at December                                                                         Vision Committee                                               tion provides information necessary to
                                                                                                                                                                           understand the actual motion that was
2003 General Membership Meeting                                                                             Explores Members’                                              adopted, which is printed below under the
by Faith Quintavelle                                                                                                                                                       heading “Devaluation Steps.”
                                                                                                            Visions for Co-op,
                                                                                           PHOTO BY FAITH

    The state of the Co-op has improved!                                                                                                                                       The 3/31/03 Weavers Way Balance
That was the message from Board                                                                             Feedback on Meeting                                            Sheet shows $709,714 in Members’
President, Bob Noble, at the General

                                                                                                                                                                           Contributions. This figure is taken from
Membership Meeting held at Summit                                                                           by Robin Cannicle
                                                                                                                                                                           our membership database, as summarized
Presbyterian Church on December 8th.                                                                            Our first Vision Committee meeting will                    in the table on page six. Our bylaws stip-
From July 1st through September 30th,                                                                       be held February 11, 2004, at the new 610                      ulate two types of accounts for each mem-
2003, he said, the Co-op has shown a sur-                                                                   Carpenter Lane building, at 7:30 p.m. Sharp!
                                                                                                                                                                           ber, regular and reserve.
plus of $50,000. It has had two successful                                                                  We will be discussing the questionnaire
                                                                                                                                                                               Regular accounts consist of two parts:
independent CPA reviews, the first ever                                                                     results and scheduling house meetings and
                                                                                                            discussion groups.                                             equity investments (designated REG in
for the Co-op. We are also soliciting pro-                                                                                                                                 the table above) and regular patronage
posals for the first-ever audit of the Co-                                                                      We think it is about time the staff was
                                                                                                            acknowledged for all of their hard work and                    rebates (designated REGQNI). REG
op’s finances. New financial controls                                                                                                                                      accounts consist of required annual
have already been established.                  ACTING GENERAL MANAGER &                                    sacrifice so we are also creating a STAFF
                                                                                                            APPRECIATION DAY sometime in the                               investments (currently $30/year) plus any
    Noble also reported to the members          IMMINENT MOVIE STAR NORMAN WEISS                                                                                           voluntary investments. REGQNI patron-
                                                                                                            spring. We need your input. Please email,
gathered that there has been a formal           ADDRESSES THE MEMBERSHIP AT THE                             fax or snail mail us your thoughts and ideas.                  age rebates are that portion of any year-
complaint made to the District Attorney’s
                                                DECEMBER MEETING.                                           COME AND JOIN US!!!                                            end surplus declared by the Board of
office accusing Andi Schaeffer of falsify-                                                                      Thank you all so much for attending. We                    Directors to be deposited into members’
ing documents and misrepresenting the           is now in the process of implementing                       received over 50% response to the General                      regular accounts. Patronage rebates have
Co-op’s finances.                               some of the recommendations that they                       Membership Meeting questionnaire and
    Additionally, the Board has met with        made, except for the long-term recom-                                                                                                     (continued on page 6)
                                                                                                            90% of the responses were given the top rat-
the Accountability Committee. The Co-op                        (continued on page 5)                        ing of 5.
                                                                                                                The questions were:
                                                                                                            • Were the topics covered appropriate?
                                                                                                            • Was the subject matter well presented?                       PARK PRESERVATION                 p.3
 Weavers Way Cooperative Association                              PRSRT. STD.                               • Was there adequate time for discussion?
 559 Carpenter Lane                                              U.S. POSTAGE                                                                                              CELLPHONE RECYCLING p.3
                                                                                                            • Was the procedure democratic?
 Philadelphia, PA 19119                                                PAID                                     Some of the general comments were:
                                                                 Philadelphia, PA                                                                                          RECIPES                           p.22
                                                                 Permit No. 2658                            • “Alex (Moss) and Bob (Noble) are
                                                                                                            paragons of patient clarity.”                                  NEW FISH                          p.21
                                                                                                            • “Thanks for all the hard work! Good use of
                                                                                                            time. Excellent Meeting.”                                      SUGGESTION BOX                p.24
                                                                                                            • “Good meeting....we even understood
                                                                                                            ‘youse’ guys!”
                                                                                                            • “Alex Moss did a terrific job in presenting
                                                                                                                                                                           AND OF COURSE …
                                                                                                            a very complicated subject.”                                                   SCADS MORE!
                                                                                                            • “It (this meeting) reminds us we OWN
                                                                                                            Weavers Way, each member household.
                                                                                                                                                                             Visit us at
                                                                                                                            (continued on page 9)
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                                                 Editor’s Note                                      by Jonathan McGoran
                                                      I used to think it was a dog eat dog world. Now I know it’s cow eat cow.
                                                                                                                                               Pull Your Card....
                                                                                                                                               by Norman Weiss
                                                                                                                                                   Pull your card....
                                                 Apparently a Mad Cow has been discovered in Washington state. I’m not surprised it’s
                                                                                                                                                   It’s fun! It’s easy! It’s good karma! It’s
                                                 mad, either. Frankly, if I was a cow, and somebody fed me another cow’s brains, I’d be
                                                                                                                                               something you can accomplish and put on
                                                 a little annoyed, too. The whole practice of feeding animal parts to another animal of the
                                                                                                                                               your resume!
                                                 same species is a little unsettling. I’m all for recycling, but come on. Of course, this
                                                                                                                                                   It helps the Co-op make money! (This
                                                 practice is also employed by vegetarians, but when they do it, it’s called composting.
                                                                                                                                               is true because seeing every member’s
                                                      Elsewhere on the health front, the FDA has voted to ban ephedrine-containing
                                                                                                                                               card at check out is how we collect money
                                                 dietary supplements. Just when Atkins is looking suddenly dodgy they take away every-
                                                                                                                                               owed us, like bounced checks, member
                                                 body’s diet pills. And now the membership decides to vote for a smaller board.
                                                                                                                                               renewals, and shopping debts.)
            The Shuttle is published                  On the brighter side, things are looking up at Weavers Way. Sales are down, but the
          by Weavers Way Co-op and                                                                                                                 Everyone should pull their card every
                                                 bottom line is looking better. One cloud on the horizon is the new Wal-Mart that just
           is mailed to all members.                                                                                                           shopping trip, and cashiers are instructed
                                                 opened up on Cheltenham Avenue. We see this, not as a problem, but as an opportunity.
                                                                                                                                               to always ask for the card. Please make
    Deadline for the next issue is:              We already cut payroll costs, and hey, suddenly we have a profit. Taking another page
      Friday, February 20, 2004                                                                                                                their job easier and speed the line by
                                                 from the Wal-Mart playbook, we’re now looking into moving our fish-packing opera-
                                                                                                                                               pulling your card without being remind-
                                                 tions offshore to a country where cooperators will work for an hour and a half work
           Statement of Policy                                                                                                                 ed. Thanks, you will be rewarded in heav-
                                                 credit for two hours work.
     Articles should be under 500 words                                                                                                        en, and if you ever get investigated by the
                                                      The Vision Committee has analyzed the results of the member survey and after por-
and neatly typed, on disk, or e-mailed to                                                                                                      FBI our cashiers will say you are a good
                                                 ing over a three-inch stack of results, the committee has painstakingly boiled the results Be sure to                                                                                                             citizen.
                                                 down to an analysis that stacks a mere two and a half inches tall. (See pages 1, 9, 10, 11,
include your name, phone number and
membership number. Drop them off by
                                                 and 12 in this issue. No, really.) The survey asked members about changing the work                      Advertise in
                                                 requirement, having split or tiered levels of membership, moving the Co-op to a new
the deadline to The Shuttle mailbox on
the second floor of the Co-op. The Co-
                                                 location, and allowing nonmembers to shop. I have conducted a meta-analysis of the
                                                 Vision Committee’s findings and have concluded that the typical Weavers Way member              The Shuttle!
op’s Education Committee is responsi-            thinks we should move the Co-op to a split-level somewhere warm and have non-mem-                What, you think
                                                 bers do all the work.
ble for The Shuttle under the supervi-
sion of the Co-op’s Board of Directors.               Finally, we got a lot of response to Norman Weiss’s column in the last issue, where        you’re the only one
The purpose of The Shuttle is to pro-            he considered selling cigarettes to attract teenagers to the store (we didn’t get any let-        who reads it?!
vide members with information as well            ters; that would be too much trouble). Norman was, of course, kidding. When he showed
                                                 me the column and asked if I thought it was funny, I said “Hilarious.” I guess sarcasm
as education about co-ops, health food                                                                                                                Call Jon McGoran at
                                                 is just lost on some people.
practices and other matters of interest                                                                                                         215-843-2350 ext. 111, or
                                                      In this issue, he recommends “eschewing cigarettes,” to which I say, eschewing them
to the members as consumers and cit-             might be better than smoking them, but what kind of response do you think we are going         e-mail:
izens of the community.                          to get when people read that we advocate es-”chewing” tobacco?
     Articles express only the views of
the writers and not those of the Co-op           Schedules                                               Board of Directors 2003-2004
or the Board of Directors, unless iden-
                                                 Orientation meeting schedule is on page 20.
tified as such. Articles, letters, com-
ments, criticisms, and suggestions are           Co-op Meetings                                          Bob Noble                   President (2002-2004) 
welcome and should be directed to
                                                 Board         1st Tuesday                7:30   p.m.
the editor. Space limitations require                                                                    Sylvia Carter               Vice President (02-04)
                                                 Education     3rd Wednesday              7:30   p.m.
that the editor has the right to edit all
                                                 Merchandising 4th Tuesday                8:00   p.m.    Dorothy Guy                 Secretary (03-05)
                                                 Operations    3rd Tuesday                7:30   p.m.
     Ad rates are available upon request,
                                                 Environment 1st Wednesday                7:30   p.m.    Eva Schweber                Treasurer/Finance Committee (03-05)
or they can be picked up in the adver-
tising mailbox on the second floor. All
                                                 Diversity, Editorial, Membership, Finance,              Julia Bradley               At-Large (03-05)
ads must be camera-ready and submit-             and Leadership Committees meet as need-
ted with payment. Products or services           ed. All meeting schedules are subject to
                                                                                                         Alan Dawley                 At-Large (02-04)
advertised in this paper should not in           change. Meetings are held at 551 and 559
any way be construed to be endorsed
                                                                                                         Gloria Rohlfs               At-Large (03-05)
                                                 Carpenter Lane and at members’ homes.
by Weavers Way Co-op.                            For more information about committee meet-              Jack Nolan                  At-Large (03-05)
                                                 ings, call Administrative Assistant Sarah
Editor                                           James, 215-843-2350, ext. 120.                          Charles Almond Pearson At-Large (03-04)
                          Jonathan McGoran                                                               Matt Berg                   Diversity/Outreach Committee (03-05)
Advertising Manager
                                                 Weavers Way Recycling
                                                 Unitarian Church of Germantown parking                  Larry Schofer               Education Committee (02-04)
                          Jonathan McGoran       lot, 9:00 a.m.—1:30 p.m., 3rd Saturday
Proofreaders/Editors                             each month.                                             Bonnie Hay                  Environment Committee (02-04)
                                                 Upcoming dates: 1/17, 2/21, 3/20, 4/17
                       Al Erlick, Sarah James,                                                           Gerald Cohen                Leadership Committee (03-05)
                  Gail Kotel, Karen McGoran,
                                                                      Platters                           Robin Cannicle              Membership Committee (03-04)
                             Penelope Myers
                                                     Bonnie Shuman Extension 102                         Nancy Hence                 Merchandising Committee (03-05)
                                                               Home Delivery
          John Ascenzi, Jessica Baskin Taylor,                                                           Jeff Jarvis                 Operations Committee (03-05)
                                                                 Extension 164
              Robin Cannicle, Sandra Folzer,
                                                   Delaware Valley Credit Union Chris Switkey                                        Staff Representative (03-05)
         Anna Herman, Sarah Mulvey Gaines,
                                                                 215-782-2600                            Steve Hebden                Staff Representative (03-04)
                Mark Goodman, Dale Kinley,
                                                            Weavers Way                                  Ad-hoc Committees:
          Brenda Malinics, Carryn Maslowski,
                                                     Fuel Oil & Electricity Co-op                        Urban Farm: Norma Brooks
              Jonathan McGoran, Bob Noble,                   ECAP 215-972-1537                           Education for Alternative Economics: Alan Dawley
            Faith Quintavelle, Jessica Roland,        Membership Coordinator
                                                                                                         Board members have mailboxes on the second floor of the store,
                  Sloan Seale, Betsy Teutsch,        Madelyn Morris 215-247-0790                         559 Carpenter Lane
             Norman Weiss, Rebecca Yamin                       Call before 7:00 p.m.
                                                 Managers & Department Heads
            Sarah James, Jonathan McGoran,
                                                 Acting General Manager                Norman Weiss                         ext.   119
               Faith Quintavelle, Sloan Seale,   Operations Manager                    Eileen Schaller                      ext.   101
                              Rebecca Yamin      Finance Manager                       Lou Dobkin                           ext.   110
                                                 Fresh Foods                           Dale Kinley                          ext.   104
                        The Shuttle is           Prepared Foods                        Bonnie Shuman                        ext.   102
                                                 Second Floor                          Susan Stout                          ext.   113
                     printed on 100%             Human Resources                       Glenn Fulop                          ext.   121
                       recycled paper            Deli Manager                          Nancy Hence                          ext.   112
                                                 Cashier Dept. Manager                 Jonathan McGoran                     ext.   111
JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2004                                                                               THE SHUTTLE                                                                                       PAGE 3

Cell Phone Recycling                                                                                               ‘Preserve Your

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    PHOTO BY
by Sarah Mulvey Gaines                                                                                             Park’ Begins

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    REBECCA YAMIN
    Do you remember the first time you            ( h t t p : / / w w w. c o l l e c t i v e g o o d . c o m ) .
noticed somebody walking around and               CollectiveGood is now working with                               With a Bang
yapping away on a cell phone? If you are          Staples to offer a nationwide Mobile                             by Rebecca Yamin
like me, you may have silently (or not so         Devices Recycling program in all Staples
silently) declared that you would never be        stores. Customers can now recycle used                               Thirteen enthusiastic souls
a cell phone user. Sadly, chances are that        cell phones, PDAs, pagers and recharge-                          turned out to kick off Weavers
you, like me and most of America, have            able batteries, and a portion of the pro-                        Way’s participation in the
lost this resolve, and are now a phone-car-       ceeds generated from recycling the                               Preserve Your Park program.
rying member of the cellular revolution.          mobile electronic devices will be donated                        Assigned to the section of the
Beyond issues of etiquette, this revolution       to the Sierra Club.                                              Wissahickon Woods that
in which many of us are participating is                When CollectiveGood receives a                             includes the Toleration Statue,
raising serious environmental concerns.           phone, it refurbishes it and sends it to                         the crew followed David
    Mobile phones contain toxic elements          South America in an attempt to help alle-                        Bower of the Office of
like mercury, cadmium, and lead.                  viate the digital divide and provide                             Volunteer       Services      for
According to the environmental research           affordable communication options. When                           Fairmount Park to a thick stand
group INFORM, nearly 100 million hand-            the organization receives phones that can-                       of invasive plants and spent
sets are already being discarded each             not be refurbished, it disposes of the                           three hours transforming the
year, and this number is expected to reach        phones in an environmentally sensitive                           “jungle” into a sunlit woodland
130 million by 2005. Many of these                manner.                                                          glade.
phones are ending up in landfills where                 Recycling is not the complete answer                           Bower provided the tools
the toxic chemicals leach into our envi-          for this issue. Eventually, even recycled                        and instructions on which plants
ronment.                                          phones will be discarded, and there are                          had to go and why the woods
    The new law allowing people to carry          concerns that phones sent to places such                         would be better off without
their telephone number over to a new cel-         as South America are ultimately less like-                       them. He also recounted the
lular carrier is expected to dramatically         ly to be disposed of in an environmental-                        myth of Molly Rinker as we
increase the number of phones discarded           ly appropriate manner. The answer, as                            relaxed around the Toleration
in the next year. While your number can           with everything, will come from our abil-                        Statue at the end of the morning.
travel with you when you change carriers,         ity to reduce the waste we produce.                                  The next session is sched-
due to different encryption coding, your                Please, strive to use your cell phones                     uled for Sunday, January 18, 9-
handset can not.                                  for more than the 18-month lifespan a                            12. Meet at the base of Hortter
    Fortunately, companies and non-prof-          handset generally has in America. When                           Street where it intersects Park
it organizations are responding to this           your do decide you no longer want or                             Line Drive. Co-op members
trend; recycling your old cell phone has          need your old handset, do not throw it                           and friends are welcome. For
                                                                                                                   more info call 215-248-1880.        CO-OP   MEMBERS HELP CLEAN UP       FAIRMOUNT     PARK.
never been easier. One such organizaion           away with your trash, but recycle it
is CollectiveGood, which provides infor-          instead. Taking these extra steps will help

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      PHOTO COURTESY OF
mation on recycling your phone with the           protect our environment and can work to
proceeds going to a charity of your choice        benefit the charity of your choice.
Mercury Pollution a Dangerous Consequence
of Relaxed Standards

by Sandra Folzer, Ph.D.                           diovascular systems and fertility. It is a
Weavers Way Environment                           dangerous toxin because we can’t flush it
Committee                                         out of our systems.
                                                       At present 45 states have given strict
    Are we going to stand by while hun-
                                                  warning for consumption of many fish
dreds of thousands of our children are
                                                  containing mercury. The EPA and FDA
exposed to mercury pollution? Can we
                                                  have put out advisories on mercury in
risk having our children suffer mental
                                                  swordfish, sea bass, king mackerel and
deficiencies? When we remain silent we
                                                  tuna. Yet the current Administration’s
allow others to make decisions for us.
                                                  environmental rollbacks will allow more
    When the EPA suggested reducing
                                                  mercury to be released into the atmo-
mercury by 90% in three years, industry                                                                            BY   POPULAR DEMAND,     PHILLYCARSHARE COMES         TO   MT AIRY   WITH A COOL NEW
panicked, so the Bush administration gut-
                                                       Some states are taking action. For                          HYBRID GAS-ELECTRIC      2004 TOYOTA PRIUS
ted the Clear Air Act. Coal-burning power
                                                  example, Connecticut, Massachusetts,
plants, which account for a third of mer-
                                                  Wisconsin, and New Jersey are setting stan-                      PhillyCarShare Comes to Mt. Airy!
cury pollution, would be allowed to take
up to 15 years to reduce the 48 tons gen-
                                                  dards where the federal EPA will not. Some                       By Carryn Maslowski                             ance, reserved parking, and even gasoline
                                                  wish to sue the EPA for violation of the                             PhillyCarShare, the non-profit that         at no additional cost. Use a gas card locat-
erated each year to 15 tons, according to
                                                  1990 Clean Air Act. New Jersey is requiring                      rents hybrid-electric cars by the hour, is      ed in the glove box whenever you need to
Bush’s “Clear Skies” initiative. In con-
                                                  its state’s 10 coal-fired power plants to cut                    coming to Mt. Airy this month with a new        fuel up. An on-board computer tracks use,
trast, the Clean Power Act would limit
                                                  mercury emission by 90% over the next                            “pod” at the Germantown Jewish Center!          and once per month you get an itemized
emissions to only five tons in seven years.
                                                  three years. That means 1500 fewer pounds                        The new pod will sport a 2004 Toyota            statement.
This means hundreds of tons of mercury
                                                  of mercury each year. New Jersey also has a                      Prius, a hybrid gas-electric liftback that          Sound too good to be true? According
may continue to circulate. Remember, it
                                                  pilot program to remove toxins from cars                         gets 60 miles per gallon in the city and        to a recent member survey, each
only takes 1/70 of a teaspoon to contami-
                                                  before they are melted. Mercury has long                         pollutes 90% less.                              PhillyCarShare vehicle has removed an
nate a 25-acre lake.
                                                  been used in car trunk lights, thermostats                           “We received so many e-mails from           average of 21 cars from the roads — cor-
    Relaxing standards is especially dan-
                                                  and other switching devices. Since last sum-                     people in Mt. Airy, we just couldn’t wait       responding to 10 people who sold their
gerous in Pennsylvania, which ranks first
                                                  mer five auto-recycling yards have taken                         to get here,” says Tanya Seaman,                car, plus 11 others who avoided purchas-
in mercury emissions and third in mer-
                                                  mercury out of 400 cars.                                         Executive Director of PhillyCarShare.           ing one. Also, 96% of PhillyCarShare
cury pollution nationally. Medical and
                                                       As concerned citizens we can voice                          Members of Weavers Way were first to            members say they are “very satisfied” or
municipal waste incinerators have had
                                                  support for stricter standards for remov-                        contact the non-profit. Seaman believes         “satisfied” with the service. “Best of all, it
tough regulations over the past decade,
                                                  ing mercury pollution. We can take mer-                          Mt. Airy provides the perfect match for         really works for people,” says Seaman.
but power companies are held to much
                                                  cury-containing products to Hazardous                            car sharing because residents are environ-          PhillyCarShare is partnering with
more lenient standards. Bush’s “cap and
                                                  Waste sites instead of the trash. This                           mentally minded and very progressive.           SEPTA to open a second pod at the
trade” scheme allows companies to pur-
                                                  includes: fluorescent lights, cell phones,                       Car sharing works great for people who          Carpenter Lane Train Station later this
chase credits from those who have invest-
                                                  computers, mercury thermometers, some                            just need a second or first car occasional-     Spring. As people sign up, plans call for
ed in anti-pollution technology, allowing
                                                  fungicides, mercurochrome/merthiolate,                           ly, and who normally commute to work            new pods in Germantown and East Mt.
some to continue to pollute.
                                                  some soft contact lens saline solutions,                         via transit, bike, or foot.                     Airy as well.
    One in twelve women in the United
                                                  some fabric softeners and some cosmet-                               Here’s how it works: For $10 a month,           As a special bonus, PhillyCarShare is
States already has high levels of mercury in
                                                  ics. To learn of dates and locations for                         you get a key to PhillyCarShare’s fleet of      offering Weavers Way members a special
her blood. The Centers for Disease Control
                                                  hazardous waste disposal, call 215-686-                          environmentally friendly cars, parked in        $30 free driving credit for signing up by
believes that 320,000 newborns are at risk
                                                  5560 ( w w w. p h i l a . g o v / s t r e e t s / h a z -        17 locations throughout Mt. Airy, Center        January 31.
of developmental delays each year due to in
                                                  ardous_waste.html) in Philadelphia and                           City, and West Philadelphia. To drive, just         So don’t replace your car yet!
utero exposure. Even children with very
                                                  610-278-3618 in Montgomery County.                               reserve via internet or phone up to             Consider the freedom of driving without
low levels may have impairments such as
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Holiday Spirit Abounds at Annual Cookie-Making Workshop                                                                                                  what the recipe calls for, invest in an oven
                                                                                                                                                         thermometer to check whether your oven
by Sloan Seale

                                                                                                                                           PHOTO BY
                                                                                                                                                         is running consistently hot or cool. If it is,
    Well, the weather outside was fright-                                                                                                                just adjust the cooking time accordingly.
ful, but a full house showed up anyway                                                                                                                   Shawn also demonstrated a nifty rolling

                                                                                                                                           SLOAN SEALE
for the annual cookie-making workshop,                                                                                                                   cookie cutter, which uses every bit of
led by baker-extraordinaire Shawn Towey                                                                                                                  rolled-out dough. This means that you
(no relation to the tavern). Since the                                                                                                                   don’t have to keep adding flour and
workshop was held on Sunday, December                                                                                                                    rerolling out dough, which can lead to
14, in the midst of a “wintry mix” of                                                                                                                    tough cookies. These rolling cookie cut-
snow, sleet, rain, and generally cold yuck,                                                                                                              ters are hard to find, but worth buying if
Shawn thought some registrants might                                                                                                                     you can find one. Finally, it is important
miss the event, but lo and behold, every                                                                                                                 to keep dough cool while you are working
one who had registered came to learn the                                                                                                                 with it, so that it doesn’t become a big
secrets of sugar cookies and gingerbread                                                                                                                 sticky mess. So if your recipe says to
persons. The result was an annex full of                                                                                                                 refrigerate the dough, do it!
warmth from the oven (womanned by                                                                                                                             Besides smashing, rolling, decorating
workshop assistant Bethann DiGiovanni),                                                                                                                  and baking, participants made sure to do a
delicious cookie aromas, and happy bak-
                                              KIDS   DECORATING COOKIES (NOT SHOWN: KIDS EATING COOKIES).
                                                                                                                                                         little tasting. We agreed all the doughs
ers. Unlike last year, however, the oven      color, and then pounding the candies into    one can master. Shawn herself is self-                        were yummy, but we could taste a distinct
heat did not set off the smoke alarm!         smithereens with a hammer before sprin-      taught in the last ten years, saying that her                 difference between gingerbread dough
    Lest you think that mixing, cutting       kling the resulting powder into the          mother was never a cookie maker.                              made with Co-op black strap molasses
and baking are the only things involved in    cutouts. Workshop attendee Louis             Besides sharing recipes and leading                           (tangy, dark, less sweet) and regular gro-
making cookies, this workshop also            Ashodian undertook this task with gusto      workshoppers through the steps involved                       cery store molasses (lighter, sweeter). By
included sorting and some serious pound-      while his mother and sister worked on        in making these Christmas classics,                           the end of the day, everyone’s baking con-
ing. One of Shawn’s secret recipes was        rolling out the pre-made dough, which        Shawn also let us all in on some important                    fidence had increased, along with our
for “Stained Glass Cookies,” truly lovely     Shawn had provided for the day.              baking tips. For example: did you know                        Christmas spirit – no matter what the
sugar cookies with cut-out, translucent,          While most participants said they con-   that the edged cookie sheets most com-                        weather. All went home with a supply of
colored shapes inside the cookies. It turns   sider themselves “klutzes” in the baking     monly sold in stores are not really the best                  fresh-baked cookies to spread good cheer.
out that one achieves this delicate affect    department, Shawn assured everyone that      for baking cookies? No, in fact, the small                    Shawn’s workshop is one of the Co-op’s
by first sorting hard candies according to    making cookies is a skill that almost any-   edge blocks heat from the bottom of your                      most popular events, and with good rea-
                                                                                           cookies, causing uneven cooking. Sheets                       son. So if you want to attend next year, be
                                                                                           without edges are best. And if your cook-                     sure to sign up early.
                                                                                           ing times don’t seem to be lining up with
JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2004                                                              THE SHUTTLE                                                                                               PAGE 5

General Membership Meeting                                                                                     budgeted that the Co-op would lose

                                                                                              PHOTO BY FAITH

                                                                                                                                                                                                          PHOTO BY FAITH
         (continued from page 1)                                                                               $5,000 in the first quarter of Fiscal 2003-
                                                                                                               2004, and that did not happen.
mendations, and, of course, the recom-
                                                                                                                   However, the Co-op is showing a


mendation to hire a new general manager.
                                                                                                               $48,000 profit in the third quarter, July
    “What still needs to be done?” Noble
                                                                                                               through September. The number of peo-
asked rhetorically. First of all, $350,000
                                                                                                               ple in the store was down 4% (We have
of the debt discovered last year still needs
                                                                                                               not lost members, so this may be due to
to be paid off. The Board plans to acquire
                                                                                                               vacations, or it could reflect an overall
the funds from member equity (more on
                                                                                                               economic trend.) But the actual purchase
that later). It also anticipates another two
                                                                                                               by the customers that do come into the
to three years of work to tighten up on
                                                                                                               store is up 2.7%, due to the fact that the
capital expenditures.
                                                                                                               Co-op raised prices, and people are buy-
    Secondly, $95,000 must be returned to
                                                                                                               ing a bit more. Additionally, the “more”
member escrow accounts. This was the
                                                WEAVERS WAY PRESIDENT BOB NOBLE                                that people are buying is more produce,
money loaned to the Co-op by members,
                                                                                                               deli, and prepared foods, and we make
that had been earmarked for an expansion        DELIVERS HIS REPORT AT THE
                                                                                                               our highest mark-ups on those foods.
project, but is now missing.                    DECEMBER GENERAL MEMBERSHIP                                                                                  CO-OP VICE PRESIDENT SYLVIA
                                                                                                               Finally, “shrink” (the amount of items
    Thirdly, the Board is still cautiously      MEETING                                                        that go missing due to theft, spoilage,       CARTER, FACILITATING THE DECEMBER
optimistic about hiring a new General                                                                                                                        GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING.
                                                                                                               breakage, or some other reason) is down,
Manager in three to five months. The            group. When completed, it will be the
                                                                                                               adding to our profitability.                  Pennsylvania School for the Deaf partici-
Board needs to continue to work with the        second biggest natural foods chain in the
                                                                                                                   The Co-op is current with all our sup-    pated, as did a group of 4th graders from
Accountability Committee and others to          country, second only to Whole Foods. In
                                                                                                               pliers, Weiss reported. We had been put       the Henry School.
strengthen the Co-op’s situation.               March, the groups will meet again to
                                                                                                               on C.O.D. terms with 10 suppliers, but            The General Manager Search
    The Treasurer, Eva Schweber, gave           determine things such as the logistics of
                                                                                                               now that we are current, those suppliers      Committee report came from co-chair
the next report, in which she hightlighted      taking credit cards, the payroll provider,
                                                                                                               are billing the Co-op normally. The pet       Sylvia Carter. Advertisements have been
several budget accomplishments. The Co-         and insurances for stores and employees
                                                                                                               store is under agreement for sale.            placed locally, nationally and in co-op
op has its first capital budget. The Board      under the new system. Additionally, the
                                                                                                                   Due to the tremendous work of staffer     publications. Several resumes have been
approved an expenditure of $20,000 for          co-ops may have their own “generic”
                                                                                                               Steve Hebden and some dedicated and           received and interviews are being con-
the following items: a new electronic           brand, similar to the Whole Foods brand.
                                                                                                               skilled members, 608 Carpenter Lane will      ducted. The commitee continues to work
timeclock to track employees’ hours;            There is also a “branding project” afoot
                                                                                                               be opening in a few weeks, and 610            diligently.
replacement scales for produce; two new         among this new allied co-op group. The
                                                                                                               Carpenter Lane will be open in a few              The Vision Committee is setting up
computers; and the Co-op’s first check-         aim is to associate a link in the public’s
                                                                                                               months, with offices and a meeting room.      focus groups to find out about what mem-
out scanners, which will help enormously        mind between co-ops and “honest food,”
                                                                                                               The store building also needs some            bers want from the Co-op, and how the
with tracking of merchandise.                   which is the new slogan. (Writer’s com-
                                                                                                               repair/maintenance work. Weiss conclud-       Co-op might change to better meet their
    We also have a new cash-flow budget.        mentary — the slogan precedes the orga-
                                                                                                               ed his report by saying that in February,     needs. Focus group facilitators, focus
There were $5300 of sales tax penalties         nization!)
                                                                                                               the Co-op hopes to implement the new          group adminstrators and adminstrative
that the Co-op had incurred for paying              Weiss also reported that we are not the
                                                                                                               scanning system.                              help to run the focus groups are all need-
sales taxes late or not at all. We petitioned   only co-op in trouble. There are others
                                                                                                                   The Farm Committee report from            ed. Your participation is encouraged.
the State of Pennsylvania to waive those        having financial problems, and two of the
                                                                                                               Norma Brooks told of a wonderful sum-         Please contact Robin Cannicle regarding
penalties. At first, the Co-op’s request was    co-ops in trouble also had some foul play
                                                                                                               mer at the farm. There were 25 regular,       volunteering.
turned down, but on appeal, the penalties       go on with its accounting staff. So, he
                                                                                                               enthusiastic volunteers. The children who         Alex Moss, a member of the Recovery
were waived.                                    concluded, it’s not as uncommon for this
                                                                                                               visited the farm got a lot out of being       Committee and a Past President, gave the
    The next Financial Committee meet-          to happen at a co-op as you might think.
                                                                                                               there. A group of children from the                          (continued on page 7)
ing will take place on January 15th. They           Payroll has been cut for staff mem-
are looking for additional volunteers to be     bers. The staff took some voluntary cuts
on the finance committee.                       in benefits and hours. Some staff mem-
    Norman Weiss, the Acting General            bers also opted out of the health plan.
Manager, gave the next report to the                Weiss reported cheerfully that the Co-
members. He recently attended a meeting         op is very profitable right now. Gross
of the Cooperative Grocers of the               sales is down by 1% (this despite raising
Northeast. This group is planning on            prices slightly after the financial crisis
merging with four similar groups across         was discovered.) However, expenses are
the United States. Almost 200 co-ops will       down even more than 1%, so the Co-op is
be brought under the umbrella of the new        thankfully making a profit. Weiss had
PAGE 6                                                                        THE SHUTTLE                                                     JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2004

Allocating Losses                                      ——— Regular ————             Reserve                                             member capital contribution as of 3/31/03
          (continued from page 1)                      REG         REGQNI           RESQNI          TOTAL           COUNT               based on join date. Note that we have
                                            Active     $577,683.79 $9,968.25        $11,825.78      $599,477.82     2,996               records only of each member household’s
not been declared in recent years, so
                                            Inactive   48,428.99   903.54           1,255.01        50,587.54       786                 current join date. Consequently, there are
newer members may not be familiar with
                                            “Dead”     32,962.06   2,035.08         24,651.26       59,648.40       2,942               some members for whom it will not be
them. Each member’s regular account is
                                            Total      659,074.84 12,906.87         37,732.05       709,713.76      6,724               possible to accurately calculate the mini-
the sum of their REG and REGQNI
                                                                                                                                        mum required investment. These mem-
accounts. This sum is the amount that
                                                                                                                                        bers fall into three categories:
appears on membership cards used at         there were 2,996 active members.             reserve capital accounts. As of 3/31/03            • Members who have quit and
checkout. Regular accounts are returned          Inactive members are formerly active    there were 2,942 “dead” members.               rejoined and have capital brought forward
to members when they quit. (QNI stands      members who no longer shop, do not ful-          Remember that our bylaws define            from their original term of membership.
for Qualified Note of Indebtedness.)        fill any work requirement, and do not        members as households. So, for the pur-            • Member households that have com-
    Reserve accounts (RESQNI) contain       make any annual investment; and they         poses of this background discussion and        bined with other member households.
that portion of any year-end surplus        have elected to have the money in their      the following proposed devaluation steps,          • Member households that have been
declared by the Board of Directors to be    accounts used to continue receiving the      “member” and “member household” are            split from other member households.
deposited into members’ reserve             Shuttle. Their accounts are reduced by       used interchangeably.                              Members whose minimum required
accounts. Reserve accounts are returned     $7/year to cover Shuttle expenses. As of     Devaluation Steps                              capital contribution cannot be determined
to members only if and when the Co-op is    3/31/03 there were 786 inactive members.         Step 1. Exercise Article X, Section 10,    will have the devaluation percentage
dissolved.                                       “Dead” members are either (1) ex-       of the bylaws by zeroing out the balance       applied to their entire contribution subject
    Weavers Way has three types of mem-     members who have moved or died and we        of regular accounts (REG and REGQNI)           to appeal. Appeals will be handled on a
bers that have capital accounts.            have been unable to contact them or their    of ex-members who have moved or died           case-by-case basis, and adjustments will
    Active members are members who          beneficiaries for the purpose of returning   and we have been unable to contact them        be made according to evidence provided.
shop, fulfill their work requirement, and   their regular capital accounts, or (2) ex-   or their beneficiaries for two or more             Step 4. Determine a new aggregate
make annual investments. As of 3/31/03      members who have money in their              years as of 3/31/03. This step need not be     Members’ Contribution against which the
                                                                                         voted on because it is merely a part of the    new deficit will be allocated. This new
                                                                                         bylaws that has not been exercised until       Members’ Contribution will be the sum of
                                                                                         now. But it is relevant to the calculations    all members’ required minimum contribu-
                                                                                         because this money will reduce the             tions from the REG accounts plus the sum
                                                                                         deficit; and, therefore, it will make the      of all the REGQNI accounts. This new
                                                                                         devaluation less onerous.                      aggregate Members’ Contribution will
                                                                                             Step 2. Zero out the reserve accounts      exclude all member contributions made
                                                                                         (RESQNI) of all members. This is an easy       voluntarily above the required minimum.
                                                                                         way to further reduce the deficit because          Step 5. Divide the new Accumulated
                                                                                         the reserve money ($37,732.05) can only        Deficit from Steps 1 and 2 by the new
                                                                                         be returned to members when the Co-op          Members’ Contributions from Steps 3 and
                                                                                         is dissolved, but the Co-op is not likely to   4 to produce a new Devaluation
                                                                                         dissolve unless it is bankrupt, in which       Percentage.
                                                                                         case there would be no money to return.            Step 6. Reduce the minimum required
                                                                                         Again, this money will further reduce the      portion of each member’s REG account
                                                                                         deficit; and make the devaluation less         by the new Devaluation Percentage.
                                                                                         onerous.                                           Step 7. Reduce each member’s entire
                                                                                             Step 3. For each member’s REG              REGQNI account by the new
                                                                                         account, calculate the required minimum        Devaluation Percentage.
JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2004                                                            THE SHUTTLE                                                                                                  PAGE 7

Membership Meeting                                                                                           to reach your lifetime cap on equity. If        Rehabbing 608

                                                                                            PHOTO BY FAITH
       (continued from page 5)                                                                               you have already have reached your life-                (continued from page 1)
                                                                                                             time cap, it would mean that you would
report on the proposed reallocation of                                                                                                                       200 hours of labor to the job. In
                                                                                                             have to start paying equity again, until

member capital accounts. Moss said the                                                                                                                       September the team started on 608, for-
                                                                                                             you had repaid that portion of your equity
Co-op has accumulated a debt over many                                                                                                                       mer site of Mr. Adams’ Tailor Shop. The
                                                                                                             account that was used to pay off
years of over $400,000.                                                                                                                                      property had fallen into disrepair. A new
                                                                                                             debts.Moss outlined some reasons to pay
      We are going to pay that over time                                                                                                                     tile floor was installed and ceiling insula-
                                                                                                             off the debts with member equity. First of
through higher prices and staff sacrifices,                                                                                                                  tion blown in. Fresh paint, new doors, and
                                                                                                             all, in principle, these debts were accumu-
which have already been implemented.                                                                                                                         minor structural work completed the
                                                                                                             lated as members were shopping. If they
So, he asked, how to move forward with                                                                                                                       “new pet emporium.” The work on 610
                                                                                                             had been discovered at the appropriate
this? The committee is looking to mem-                                                                                                                       was less involved as it had recently been
                                                                                                             time, we assume members would have
ber’s equity accounts to close the gap.                                                                                                                      renovated for use as a doctor’s office.
                                                                                                             had to pay higher prices for items they
     The committee thinks that since the                                                                                                                     Sanding and refinishing the floor and
                                                                                                             purchased at that time. This is a way to
debt was incurred over a period of about                                                                                                                     some plumbing work were required to
                                                                                                             make up for those losses from the past,
ten years, that had the Co-op had accurate                                                                                                                   prepare the site. This former shoe store
                                               FORMER CO-OP PRESIDENT ALEX                                   from the people who shopped at that time.
financial records throughout that time,                                                                                                                      will now house meeting and office space
                                                                                                             Secondly, a reason to draw from equity
prices at the Co-op would have been high-      MOSS EXPLAINS THE DETAILS OF THE                              accounts is simply to be done with the          as well as sandwich and flower prep oper-
er. Ideally, then, we should be able to pin-   CO-OP’S EQUITY REALLOCATION.                                  debt and move forward. Lastly, it’s practi-     ations.
point exactly when those losses occurred                                                                                                                          Luckily, no major structural work was
                                                                                                             cal. It does not resolve our dilemma by
and who was shopping at that time, in          not be located, but some of them have                                                                         needed. Hebden praised the spirit and
                                                                                                             taking money out of the hide of the staff
order to charge the member’s accounts in       moved and the Co-op, after having made                                                                        skills of the members and says the results
                                                                                                             or out of future members’ equity
the appropriate ratio. However, our regis-     reasonable efforts to contact them, cannot                                                                    are impressive. Care was made to choose
                                                                                                             accounts. Moss took a vote on this pro-
ters have not been set up to track purchas-    find them to return their equity money.                                                                       environmentally sound materials and
                                                                                                             posal, and the motion carried.
es in that way, and even if they were, we      This is an obvious source of funds for the                                                                    recycle and reuse as much as possible.
                                                                                                                  Finally, Moss reported that there have
have no way to know which years the Co-        Co-op to help repay its debts.                                                                                Among the artifacts found during the
                                                                                                             been some Board By-Law changes. The
op lost money, and how much was lost in            Next, the “reserve” account is almost                                                                     work were diamond dust vials, alas
                                                                                                             first is that regular and reserve equity left
each year.                                     $12,000. This is the account that comes                                                                       empty, and wooden pipe organ tubes.
                                                                                                             attributed to “dead” members can now be
     There is currently $700,000 on the        solely from profits (called “surpluses”                                                                            While little square footage was
                                                                                                             transferred to the regular Weavers Way
books in member capital accounts. This         since we are a non-profit), that members                                                                      gained, we will have easy street level
                                                                                                             account after resonable attempts have
has been accumulated through the $30 a         would not be able to access unless the Co-                                                                    access for those of us who deliver and buy
                                                                                                             been made to contact the member or their
year that you pay to be a member of the        op dissolved. This is another relatively                                                                      25 lbs. bags of dog food and 10 lbs. boxes
                                                                                                             heirs. Additionally, as of June 2005, the
Co-op. (The lifetime cap on this equity is     painless source of funds to help us repay                                                                     of kitty litter. The grand opening should
                                                                                                             Board will be reduced. It will have six at-
currently $400.) Additionally, there is        our debts.                                                                                                    be some time in February 2004. The sale
                                                                                                             large members and two staff members.
money in this account that were rebates            The next account we can turn to for                                                                       of the building at 551 will ease The Co-
                                                                                                             Staff members are barred from also hold-
that came from the profits of the Co-op        debt repayment is the one active members                                                                      op’s debt and make its financial picture
                                                                                                             ing a regular position on the Board.
(the Co-op has not declared these rebates      care about most — the regular equity                                                                          healthier. And the renewal process contin-
                                                                                                                  The meeting concluded about two
in awhile, so the newer members may not        account. This is the money that you would                                                                     ues. The purchaser of 551 Carpenter
                                                                                                             hours after it started with a motion to
be familiar with them.) There is also          get back if you left the Co-op. The regu-                                                                     Lane, a neighbor and Co-op member, is
                                                                                                             adjourn that carried.
money in this account that is due to year-     lar accounts for active members comes to                                                                      considering plans for a bookstore and
end surpluses deposited into member’s          about $587,000.                                                                                               artist studios. And maybe one day, we’ll
reserve accounts. This is money that               Moss and the Accountability                                                                               have our café.
members would never be allowed to have         Committee, plus the Board, recommend-
unless the Co-op was dissolved.                ed to the members that we draw from this
     Luckily for the Co-op, there is about     account in order to pay back our debts.
$60,000 of that $700,000 that is attributed    The impact on the average member would
to “dead” members. Some of these mem-          be less money in your equity account.
bers are actually dead and their heirs can-    This would mean a longer period needed
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Member Runs Adoption Agency from Home
by Jessica Baskin Taylor                       from their families and the community.”       2004 Household Hazardous Waste
    Winona Boyd has lived on the 400
block of Carpenter Lane for 25 years, and
                                               PERL also provides post-adoption ser-
                                               vices via community links.
                                                                                             Drop-Off Events Schedule
has been a Co-op member for most of that           PERL’s staff consists of social work-     All events are from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
time. She is the owner of PERL, Inc., an       ers who work as independent contractors       April 17, Saturday, Streets Department’s Training Center. State Road
adoption agency based from her home on         for the agency. Their experience encom-       at Ashburner Street, 1.3 miles north of Cottman Avenue and south of
Carpenter Lane. PERL is an acronym for         passes both domestic and international        Linden Avenue.
“providing effective resources and link-       adoptions. Winona has a cadre of contract     June 12, Saturday, Northwest Transfer Station. Computer Electronics
ages,” which the agency does for families      social workers available at her fingertips;   accepted at this event only. Domino Lane and Umbria Street in the
and children nationwide. The mission of        for families interested in adopting, this     Roxborough section of the City (old Exit 31 of I-76).
the agency is to serve children by provid-     can mean less waiting. Though many of         July 22, Thursday, Streets Department’s Training Center. State Road
ing the services they need in order to         the families with whom PERL places kids       at Ashburner Street, 1.3 miles north of Cottman Avenue and south of
become part of a stable and secure family.     are already foster parents adopting the       Linden Avenue.
    Winona is a social worker who has          kids currently under their care, the agency   August 28, Saturday, Streets Department Site. Sedgley & Ridge Aves.
worked in child welfare in one capacity or     also has contact with a network of region-    October 9, Saturday, Streets Department Facility. Southwest
another for most of her career, mainly as      al agencies and can locate kids and/or        Philadelphia 3033 South 63rd Street, Northwest of Passyunk.
a case worker and as an administrator.         prospective parents that way as well.         November 6, Saturday, Northeast Sanitation Facility. Delaware
She is also an adoptive parent and grand-      Another service of the agency is conduct-     Avenue between Castor Avenue and Lewis Street in the Bridesburg sec-
parent. Growing up in Mt. Airy, she            ing home studies for agencies that spe-       tion of the City (near Allegheny Exit of I-95).
attended Girls’ High, then Howard              cialize in international adoption but are
University, and received her social work       located in another state and don’t have a
                                               Pennsylvania license to do home studies;
                                                                                             Typical Materials Accepted at HHW Events:
degree from Penn. She received most of
her professional adoption experience as        if parents in Pennsylvania are working        Paint & Paint Related Materials          d. Auto body repair products
the director of a “special needs” adoption     with one of these agencies to facilitate an   a. Solvent-based paints and stains       e. Brake fluid
program for a large child welfare agency       international adoption, the out-of-state      b. Paint thinner                         f. Degreasers
in the Philadelphia area, where she            agency can contact PERL to conduct the        c. Varnish
worked for a number of years. Winona           home study for them.                          d. Paint stripper and paint brush        Flammable Materials
also worked as administrator for the               Families interested in beginning the      cleaners                                 a. Kerosene
Statewide Adoption Network, which              adoption process will need to go through      (Note: Latex Paint is not Hazardous)     b. Old gasoline
Pennsylvania funded from 1995 to 2000.         a home study with a PERL social worker.
Those two jobs, along with Winona’s per-       This includes but is not limited to parent    Lawn and Garden Products and             Other Materials
sonal adoption experience, have kept her       preparation classes, social worker home       Outdoor Products                         a. PCBs
connected to adoption.                         visits, interviews, and submission of the     a. Pesticides (fungicides, herbi-        b. Dioxin forming compounds
    PERL will place all kinds of kids with     documents required by the court and/or        cides, insecticides, rodenticides)       c. Mercury
all kinds of families, both within the fos-    the Immigration and Naturalization            b. Chemical fertilizers                  d. Asbestos
ter care system and through private adop-      Service (for an international adoption) to    c. Grill type propane cylinders          e. Artists’ paints
tions, but they focus predominantly on         complete the adoption. Winona doesn’t         (up to 20 lbs)                           f. Photographic chemicals
placing “special needs” kids. While this       like to quote specific time frames for the    d. Swimming pool chemicals               g. Lead products, including sol-
can, in its narrowest sense, refer to kids     whole adoption process, but typically the                                              der, fishing weights, and similar
who have specific placement issues             process can take from three months to a                                                items
                                                                                             Kitchen, Bathroom Products
(attachment disorder, mental or physical       year. Anyone interested in beginning this
                                                                                             and Cleaning solvents
health problems, etc.), it’s now generally     process with Winona and PERL should
                                                                                             a. Cleaning solvents                     Household Batteries
used to refer to all kids in the foster care   visit their Web site at or
                                                                                             b. Fire Extinguishers                    a. Rechargeable computer and
system. When I asked Winona about this         call Winona at 215-849-8843.
                                                                                             c. Aerosol cans                          cell phone batteries
term she said, “I really don’t like the term       Many people adopted as children now
                                                                                             d. Bathroom and tile cleaner             b. Button cell batteries for hear-
because it is a label that the system has      live in our community and do positive
                                                                                             e. Toilet bowl cleaner                   ing aids, watches, & calculators
imposed upon all children who are in fos-      things. PERL celebrates them and their
                                                                                             f. Oven cleaners                         (Note: household batteries size D,
ter care. It really has a negative connota-    families. Anyone touched by adoption
                                                                                             g. Drain cleaners                        C, AA, AAA and 9 volt are not
tion that conceptualizes such a child as       who wants to volunteer to help PERL
                                                                                                                                      considered hazardous)
problematic. To the contrary, most chil-       grow to into a strong resource for adop-
                                               tive families and children, can contact       Automotive Products
dren who exit foster care through adop-
                                               PERL at the number listed above.              a. Used motor oil (brochure)             Other Household Products
tion grow into healthy adults with support
                                                                                             b. Antifreeze                            a. Moth balls
                                                                                             c. Lead-acid batteries                   b. Stain and spot removers
JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2004                                                             THE SHUTTLE                                                                                     PAGE 9

President’s Report                                 Find a New General Manager:               Vision Survey Results (continued from page 1)
          (continued from page 1)             Finding a new General Manager is critical
                                              to our long term success. We need a            There were some brilliant people doing some good thinking. I still don’t understand how this
     Accountability Committee Report:                                                        “roof rotted” like this , but...Thanks to all who dealt with the flood and are fixing it.”
                                              strong leader who can motivate and work
The Board has met with the                                                                        Here are the results of the Vision questionnaire. Read and enjoy. This Vision project is an
                                              with a team. The search committee con-
Accountability Committee and reviewed                                                        ongoing phase in Weavers Ways transformation so your continued comments and suggestions
                                              tinues to advertise, screen resumes, and       are welcomed as well as the need for your participation. Please do not hesitate to contact us
its report. We have implemented, or are in
                                              conduct interviews.                            via e-mail, fax, phone, or snail mail. We will have a presence on the Weavers Way website in
the process of implementing, most of the
                                                   Continued Prosperity: Our ability to      the future. Thank you in advance for your commitment.
recommendations. The remaining recom-
                                              produce positive bottom lines in the tar-      VISION QUESTIONNAIRE RESULTS
mendations are either long range, or must
                                              geted range of 1-2% of sales will depend       QUESTION 1: Should we change the work requirement?
wait for our new, yet-to-be-found General
                                              on our ability to adapt. External trends            YES (43); NO (98); UNDECIDED/MORE RESEARCH (21)
                                              and economic pressures (new Acme and                SUMMARY PARAGRAPH/DETAILS:
     Governance: The board is nearing
                                              Wal Mart) will make this a challenge.               NO: A majority of our respondents do not want any change in the work requirement. Some
completion of its transition to the “Policy                                                  felt if we improve our efficiency we could keep the requirement where it is. Some others
                                              Conservative budgeting will be required.
Governance” model. Compliance with                                                           thought if we increase hours we would lose membership and revenue.
                                                   Staff: This year’s success has been due
policies will be reviewed regularly. New                                                          YES:
                                              in no small part to the hard work and sac-
policies will be developed and old poli-                                                              • Change of up to 10 hours
                                              rifices made by our paid staff. There is an
cies will be modified as needed.                                                                      • Make any change temporary
                                              understandable and reasonable weariness
     Visibility: Complete financial state-                                                            • Less hours for teens and disabled
                                              on the part of staff toward the Board of
ments, financial controls, board minutes,                                                             • ONLY if:
                                              Directors. “Who are these people? Our
Accountability Committee Report, and                                                                    o reduces labor cost
                                              jobs are in their hands” are valid concerns
Save Weavers Way Fund spending                                                                          o increases revenue
                                              for anyone whose livelihood depends on a                  o lowers prices
records are posted on the store bulletin
                                              sometimes transitory assembly of volun-             SUGGESTIONS: Others would like to let members have the option to change their cycle
board at the bottom of the stairs. Items
                                              teers who may have different views about       or pay others to do their work. Another suggestion was that if you work over your require-
available on our web site, www.weaver-
                                              what’s best for our co-op. Thorough moni-      ment you would get a special discount. Many clearly felt we should research this and check, include our current income
                                              toring and enforcement of policies on staff    other co-ops.
statement, balance sheet, financial con-
                                              treatment combined with compensation at        QUESTION 2: Should we permit non-members to shop?
trols, Accountability Committee Report,
                                              or above industry standards will be needed          YES (61); NO (62); MAYBE/DON’T KNOW (9); NEEDS RESEARCH: (6)
board policy manual, and bylaws. The
                                              for the near term. Long range goals should          SUMMARY PARAGRAPH: Many articulate replies were received on this question,
availability of information to members is                                                    with an even split between those favoring shopping for non-members and those opposed.
                                              include a livable wage as defined by
a necessary component of any democratic                                                      Very few were unsure or wanted further research. Several respondents knew that non-mem-
                                              ACORN and other organizations.
organization.                                                                                bers in special categories already shop at the Co-op. “Yes” respondents listed raising money
                                                   Envisioning Our Future: We need to
What Remains To Be Done?                                                                     to pay the debt as their chief reason for permitting non-members to shop, and a few believe
                                              carry on the work of the board and Vision
     “Crisis Debt”: Pay the remaining                                                        that opening up shopping would attract new members and diversify the membership.
                                              Committee by involving as many mem-
$350,000 of the so-called crisis debt. This                                                  Several who do not like this idea were concerned about crowding, loss of the Co-op com-
                                              bers as possible in defining our goals and
debt consists primarily of money owed to                                                     munity spirit, or the possibility of membership fall-off, while other “No’s” made comments
                                              deciding what further changes are needed
the City of Philadelphia ($123,000 of                                                        that came close to “Maybe,” suggesting ways in which this change might be made work-
                                              at Weavers Way. The Vision Committee
principal and interest for our 2003 Save                                                     able. Many respondents, both “Yes’s” and “No’s,” insisted that non-member shopping
                                              has conducted a member survey and is           would work only if non-members paid a significant surcharge, shopped on designated
Weavers Way loan), United Foods
                                              compiling the results. They should be          weekdays (not including weekends) to ameliorate crowding, and/or checked out at a spe-
International ($84,000 remainder of our
                                              ready in time for publication in the           cial counter where the cashier would weigh all produce to reduce pilferage. The lack of a
2003 debt consolidation note), The
                                              January Shuttle. Some of the “10 big           clear majority opinion indicates that this question should be discussed openly and vigor-
Reinvestment Fund ($41,000 remainder
                                              questions” asked at the membership             ously over the next weeks and months.
of our 2002 purchase loan for 608/610
                                              meeting in June will be decided tonight.            DETAILS OF COMMENTS:
Carpenter Lane), and money owed to the
                                              Others, such as “Should we change our               1. YES
Member        Loan     Escrow Account
                                              member work requirement?” and “Should                   • Only if accompanied by a member.
($95,000). Although fundraising efforts                                                               • Definitely.
                                              we sell to the public?” will continue to be
will continue, the principal means by                                                                 • Would help attract new members
                                              discussed in house meetings and focus
which we plan to pay the remaining                                                                    • There should be a significant discount for members.
                                              groups this winter.
extraordinary debt is through normal                                                                  • Most Co-ops do allow this.
                                                   New Leaders: A beneficial outcome
annual member equity payments.                                                                        • Possibly coming in with someone else and using their card.
                                              of the crisis has been an increase in par-
     Allocating Losses to Member                                                                      • Only in a larger store.
                                              ticipation in our member committees.
Capital Accounts: Later tonight mem-                                                                  • In the long run, doing this will increase membership and diversity.
                                              Elections are in June. New leaders are
bers will vote on the proposal by the                                                                 • Only if they pay a surcharge and:
                                              needed, especially members with finan-
board to allocate our losses as of 3/31/03                                                              o the money should be used to reduce the debt
                                              cial, legal, business, and non-profit or                  o a 20% markup
to member capital accounts. Alex Moss
                                              community organizing experience. Please                   o make it a hefty surcharge
will explain the rationale behind this pro-
                                              consider running for a board position.                    o add a 10% surcharge
posal. This action will result in an
                                              Thank you                                                 o limit shopping privileges
increased equity flow to the Co-op
                                                   Thank you to all the volunteers and                • one day per week and not on weekends
because all 3,000 members will be
                                              Save Weavers Way Fund donors, to new                    • only at one register with produce weighed by cashier
required to make annual $30 capital con-
                                              members who have joined this past year,                   o check with the Belfast ME Co-op to see what they do
tributions. (Members at the $400 cap are
                                              and to old members who have stayed and                    o and if the store doesn’t get too crowded
not required to make annual equity invest-                                                              o this needs research into what the membership benefits might be
                                              continued to shop. Thank you to the staff
ments.) If this proposal fails, it will be                                                              o and we encourage the non-members to join
                                              for coping with a very difficult situation.
more difficult for us to make our monthly                                                               o this will provide a good source of revenue
                                              It’s because of all of you that Weavers
debt payments.                                                                                          o Henry School Faculty is exempt
                                              Way is still here, and is looking forward
                                              to a bright future.
                                                                                                                                                              (continued on page 10)
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Vision Survey Results (continued from page 9)                                                       SUMMARY PARAGRAPH: This summary will show that our members have some very
    2. NO                                                                                       definite comments concerning this particular question. The comments were broken down into
    • If they’re not members it’s not a Co-op, and not a community.                             5 categories.
    • Too crowded right now.                                                                        1. ADVANTAGES
    • Don’t fix it if it ain’t broke.                                                               • Improved parking and truck delivery
    • Prefer the idea of a tiered membership to this one                                            • Larger shopping space
    • I like it the way it is.                                                                      • Convenient to users of public transportation
    3. CONCERNS/EXCEPTIONS                                                                          • Revitalize Germantown Avenue
    • This could cause a loss of membership.                                                        • Will accommodate more shoppers.
    • If non-members can shop, what is the benefit of a membership?                                 • Increase shopping volume and membership
    • We already allow non-member workers in the neighborhood & those accompanied by                2. DISADVANTAGES
members under some circumstances.                                                                   • Would lose members and shoppers.
    • There wouldn’t be enough members to have a workable Co-op.                                    • Would not go to a Germantown location and shop
    • There is likely to be more pilferage and cheating.                                            • We would lose business
    • They should pay more if they don’t work.                                                      3. STAY WHERE WE ARE
    • Non-working (tiered) memberships with different percent markups would be about the            • Weavers Way spirit and community cannot be transferable
same as this.                                                                                       • We like where we are
    • Maybe allow 2 trial visits; the Co-op is crowded right now.                                   • Purchase next door and include prepared foods and pet store.
    • No, with exception of neighborhood workers, including those in area for short period of       4. LOCATIONS
time, when we could court them as members.                                                          • Pelham shopping area
    • We already allow non-member workers in the neighborhood, and those accompanied by             • Germantown Avenue
members under some circumstances.                                                                   • Germantown Area
QUESTION 3: Should we establish a tiered membership? (Some working members,                         • Commercial area i.e. near Acme
some non-working members with different benefits to different groups)                               • Mt. Airy
    YES (53); NO (70); UNDECIDED/RESEARCH (23)                                                      • Roxborough
    NO:                                                                                             • East Falls
         • We would lose equity among members                                                       5. FINANCING
           o US versus THEM                                                                         • Buy or long lease
           o WEALTHY versus POOR                                                                    • Research for affordability
           o Lose a sense of community                                                              • Additional expense
           o The “neat” style of a member owned co-op would be lost.                                • Savings
    • We would lose members                                                                         • Financial benefit & more business
    • While we would increase membership, the store would become too crowded and check          QUESTION 5: Should we expand to Prepared Foods/Café?
out lines too slow                                                                                  YES (84); NO (42); MAYBE (14); NEEDS RESEARCH (6); QUESTION MARK: (2)
    • A multi-level system would be too complicated and costly to maintain and enforce              SUMMARY PARAGRAPH: The summary shows the following results reflective of our
    • It would be a distraction from the other important areas of operation                     members. The majority were favorable for the expansion. There were other members opposed
    YES:                                                                                        to the expansion with various concerns. Some expressed reservations such as our current
    More members with fewer hours to work means more shopping time. That could mean             financial situation, floor space, and more research on the matter etc. Others felt relocating
more shoppers which would increase revenue and that will not hurt us.                           would be a consideration as well as the possibility of selling 2 of the existing properties for
    SUGGESTIONS:                                                                                the expansion.
    • Non-members charged 20% higher prices.                                                        Several members had some definite ideas about the Prepared Foods Café, its conception
    • Non-members charged surcharge or fee.                                                     and operations.
    • Equate level of discount with a rebate rate                                                   1. ADVANTAGES
    • All pay same at cash register but only working members get a rebate                           • Great idea especially if open after hours or offered music
    • Special membership for Henry School teachers and staff                                                                                                    (continued on page 11)
    • Special membership for disabled
    • Buy out work credit at $10 per hour
    • Pay an annual $50 to $100 and if you don’t fulfill work requirement you would lose
money but continue to shop
    • Charge a minimum amount per hour as an option for those who cannot do all of their
work requirement but keep it at a minimum
    • Beware of consequences
    • Do it for a trial period
    • Check Ecology Coop/more research
QUESTION 4: Should we move to a new location? i.e. Pelham Market, Germantown
Ave, etc.
    YES (34); NO (76); MAYBE/DON’T KNOW (33); NEEDS RESEARCH (20)
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Vision Survey Results (continued from page 10)                                                         • No more increases
    • Makes good financial sense                                                                       • Increase membership and diversity
    • Try it cheaply and simply expand if it catches on                                                • Decrease member equity and repay ex-members less of their equity
    • Make it accessible to non-members                                                                • Ask members to donate capital accounts
    • Expand only if we relocate                                                                       • Assess $20 per hour for members who cannot meet work requirement or missed hours
    • The community needs it                                                                           • Annual non-refundable fee up to a maximum level but make it a capital fund and man-
    • It’s crucial                                                                                age responsibly
    • Encourage gourmet foods place overall                                                            3. PROJECTS/FUNDRAISING
    2. DISADVANTAGES                                                                                   • Benefit Dinner/Dance
    • We won’t be able to break even                                                                   • Flea Market
    • We do not have the money for prepared foods                                                      • Yard Sales
    • Don’t see the benefit                                                                            • Car Wash
    • Instead of prepared foods, strengthen systems, improve appearance in store.                      • Showcase community talent
    • Stick to our core skills                                                                         • Art Show
    • No Café. “Take Out” only.                                                                        • Silent Auction
    3. RELOCATION & LOCATION ASSESSMENT                                                                • Cooking Seminars
    • Larger size store                                                                                • Workshops
    • Difficult site for expansion                                                                     • Create a NEW member cookbook featuring culture and diversity and/or education i.e.
    • Renovate existing store                                                                     full fat recipes and low fat alternative.
    • Prepared foods upstairs on second floor                                                          • Use the existing cookbook, make recipes, feature as sample in store...sell book
    • Everything under one roof                                                                        • Use the existing cookbook along with cooking seminar...sell book
    • Knock down wall                                                                                  • Use the existing cookbook along with an activity with Henry School....sell book/tickets
    4. PROPERTY ASSESSMENT                                                                        to event.
    • Get rid of pet store                                                                             4. GRANTS/DONATIONS
    • Make pet store the prepared foods café                                                           • Write Grants
    • Sell 2 places down the street                                                                    • Low Interest Loans
    • Don’t give up floor space                                                                        • Approach “rich” people or foundations
    5. FINANCIAL ASSESSMENT                                                                            5. PROJECT DISPOSITION
    • Get financially in the black then consider expansion                                             • Sell the new building and keep the pet store
    • Too much overhead expense                                                                        • Opening café
    • Have a sound financial plan                                                                      6. STORE OPERATIONS
    • Stabilize the coop first.                                                                        • Run the business properly
    6. RESEARCH                                                                                        • Cut costs
    • What are the costs/advantages?                                                                   • Make profit
    • Investigate                                                                                      • Re-examine inventory
    • Do a proper business analysis                                                               QUESTION 7: Should newly discovered losses from previous years be allocated to
QUESTION 6: After the voluntary fundraising drive is finished and we still have a good            member’s capital accounts?
deal of old crisis debt remaining, how should we raise the rest of the money?                          YES (44); NO (50); UNDECIDED (40); NEEDS RESEARCH (2)
    SUMMARY                                                                                            SUMMARY: Our members’ comments in reference to this matter were quite thoughtful,
    The following is a summary of comments and suggestions from our member survey.                helpful and straight forward. Several members commented that the question should be
Some felt that projects and fundraisers, would be effective. Increase the surcharge of some       researched and that the decision MUST be fair to all members and staff. Many felt the amount
store items. There was a great deal of interest concerning membership assessment i.e. increas-    of the member capital account assessment should be smaller and capped. There is also the sen-
ing annual dues. Suggestions were also made concerning the disposition of new property and        timent that Weavers Way should re-think the need for a refundable capital account for each
opening the Café. Everyday store operations consisting of cost cutting and re-examining           member or just have non-refundable annual dues. Of particular note there were many mem-
inventory and eliminating least profitable items. There were those who felt that we need to run   bers who just didn’t understand the question. Below is a summary of comments divided into
the business properly. Below are the comments in the six categories.                              4 categories.
    1. PRICING/SURCHARGES                                                                              1. WHAT AMOUNT SHOULD BE ALLOCATED TO EACH ACCOUNT?
    • Surcharge at 3%, 4%, 5% and 10%.                                                                 • Maximum of 25% to 40% range
    • Surcharge on second floor items only.                                                            • 58% okay (from only 1 member)
    • Increase prices. Specifically on second floor items, non-essentials and vegetables.              • Cap at $20, $25, $50, $75
    • Charge for workshops. i.e. $10                                                                   • Percent based on size of household and years a member
    • Find low interest loans from Re-investment Fund.                                                 • Let each member decide on the amount
    • Let non-members shop at higher prices                                                            • Let member “donate” capital account and “restart’ all members
    • Sell food from the Henry School farm                                                             • Percent based on underpayment of vendors, i.e., when trouble started
    • Cost cutting                                                                                     • BE FAIR
    • No more increases at this time.                                                                  • Charge based in proportion to their purchases
    2. MEMBERSHIP ASSESSMENT                                                                           • Percent based on required annual $30.00 payment
    • Increase membership fees/Capital account to $50 annually                                         2. ALTERNATIVE
    • Use money from closed accounts                                                                   • Get restitution from those at fault, i.e. Andi Sheaffer and Board
                                                                                                       • Establish non-refundable dues or partial refundable and partial investment, i.e. $15 non-
                                                                                                  refundable and $15 investment = $30 annual “dues”.
                                                                                                       • Establish non-refundable dues with small annual “interest” payment
                                                                                                       • Would contribute more if no losses to capital account
                                                                                                       • Would contribute more when we are “out of the woods”.
                                                                                                       3. SHOULD ANY MEMBERS BE EXEMPT?
                                                                                                       • Yes, staff since the members already have lost benefits.
                                                                                                       • Yes, “hardship” cases
                                                                                                       • Yes, members contributions of $30 required amounts
                                                                                                       4. OTHER
                                                                                                       • Does not understand the question
                                                                                                       • Fear of loss of membership
                                                                                                       • We shared the benefits—-now share the burden
                                                                                                       • Thought the surcharge took care of this
                                                                                                       • New member money preserving current members’ investment
                                                                                                       • Do this only once
                                                                                                       • Do only as a last resort or if closes
                                                                                                       • Is this step ethical?
                                                                                                                                                                     continued on page 12
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Vision Survey Results (continued from page 11)                                                        4. SUGGESTIONS/COMMENTS
                                                                                                      • A smaller Board could act more quickly
QUESTION 8: Should the Board be smaller? (It now has 19 members.)                                     • Too many cooks spoil the broth.
    YES (76); NO (22); MAYBE/DON’T KNOW (25); NEEDS RESEARCH (6)                                      • Too many people are very bad for decision making.
    SUMMARY: Those who responded to this question obviously gave it a great deal of con-              • The Board should come to consensus, more decision making, less wasted time.
sideration. A solid consensus chose “Yes”, and several gave their opinions as to why Board            • Big Boards typically exist in nonprofits to get big donations, which isn’t our issue.
membership should be reduced-primarily for better accountability and more efficient man-              • We need efficiency & competence.
agement-suggesting an optimum Board from 9 to 15 members. A few who marked “No”                       • Size of the Board is less important than the issue of ongoing accountability for fiscal
believe that assuring fiscal accountability is more important than Board size. “No’s” were out-   responsibility.
numbered by respondents who had no opinion, were uncertain, or would prefer more research             • A Board should be made up of persons with professional backgrounds, to be more objec-
on the issue. Additional research might not be needed. Some “Yes” voters pointed out that this    tive and less political.
question has already been examined by the Accountability Committee, resulting in a report             • Not sure if even Microsoft has as many Board members proportionately.
that lists reasons for reducing the size of the Board, with a strong recommendation to imple-         • Have the Board self-evaluate this.
ment this action. To avoid future crises, further decisions may be needed on the undecided            • Reduce number only if there is adequate expertise in law, accounting, marketing, & com-
issue of governance and on determining the areas of expertise needed on the Board.                munity relations, along with employee representation.
    DETAILS OF COMMENTS:                                                                              • We especially need the governance piece, which apparently got mired in discussion. This
    1. YES                                                                                        is not easy, and would require skilled Board involvement. If a selection of the Board could
    • No more than 12 members.                                                                    tackle this, then the issues on this excellent questionnaire would have a chance.
    • No more than 15 members.                                                                        • Board should reorganize, downsize & all current members should step down.
    • No more than 9 voting members.                                                                  • There should be an Executive Committee for efficiency.
    • We only need half the current number                                                        QUESTION 9: Can you help with marketing?
    • Yes, if the current Board has trouble making decisions.                                         YES (18); NO (73); MAYBE: (4)
    • Because now the Board doesn’t work.                                                             COMMENTS:
    • Definitely. This was recommended by the Accountability Committee and is important.              • Why market if you just have members? You have a captive audience.
    • 11 people are enough to make decisions and ensure diversity & that everything isn’t in          • Tell me more!!! How?
the hands of a few.                                                                                   • Word of mouth
    • Simplify                                                                                        • I tell my friends about Weavers Way already
    2. NO                                                                                             • Tried to get on a committee
    • If it works as is, keep it; if not, change it.                                                  • Don’t know about marketing
    • Seems very large, but if it functions well, why change it?                                      • If needed
    • Membership is large enough to have current number of board members.
    • Why? Is it too big now?
    • What do these 19 Board members do?
    • We may be able to reduce that number.
    • Do all committees need reps? Maybe all Board members should be reps to committees.
    • Would decreasing Board size decrease costs?
    • How much are Board members paid, and what do they do?
    • What can the Board do to prevent whatever led to our present crisis.
    • Why would this help?
    • Follow the Accountability Committee report. This was one of their prime recommenda-
tions and the Committee report provides a blueprint. Could the Board guide us in imple-
menting it?
    • I assume all positions are necessary and useful?
    • How would this save or make money?
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women. Perhaps most amazing is how           more intrigued and impressed I became.         borrowing from loan sharks. Grameen            happen to microloan participants. The
                                                                                            Bank showed that poor people, especially       most direct benefit is the additional
                                                                                            women, were good credit risks given            income. Studies show women are more
                                                                                            proper supports and low-interest loans.        inclined to spend the money on their chil-
                                                                                            The Grameen model has been replicated          dren’s nutrition, clothing, and shelter. In
                                                                                            all over the world, with extraordinary suc-    many parts of the third world, school is
                                                                                            cess and impressively low default levels.      not free, so women use the extra income
                                                                                            You can learn more about it at grameen-        to pay for schooling. If money is scarce, it
                                                                                   (If you are interested in con-       is typical for families to only educate
                                                                                            tributing, click on Grameen Foundation         boys. The mother’s status is enhanced by
                                                                                            USA - GFUSA.)                                  the extra income she brings to the family
                                                                                                 Women who are interested in               budget, and these micro-entrepreneurs
                                                                                            microloans apply as a group. They gener-
                                                                                                                                                            continued on page 14
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Micro-Philanthropist                           income. Each family gives their heifer’s
       (continued from page 13)                first offspring to another family in the vil-
                                               lage, so the gift keeps on giving. You may
begin to have more say in how family
                                               remember reading about the Heifer Fund
money is allotted. One frequent result is
                                               as a recipient of a grant from the Henry
that they can now send their daughters to
                                               School and Weavers Way’s Marketplace
school as well. This increased respect
                                               Project in a recent Shuttle. You can learn
enhances self-esteem, and we all know
                                               more about The Heifer Fund’s approach
lots of things change once women feel
                                               at lists
entitled to better treatment. They are also
                                               many resources to learn more about
motivated to increase their literacy skills,
                                               microfinance and organizations that sup-
because it improves their efficiency as
                                               port its work throughout the world.
businesswomen. Increased maternal liter-
                                                   Simplifying our high-consumption
acy promotes child literacy. So indeed the
                                               Western lifestyles yields many dividends
downward spiral is reversed into an excit-
                                               —cutting back is beneficial for our over-
ing growth trajectory.
                                               stimulated psyches, for our bottom lines,
    There are many models of microfi-
                                               and for the environment. With a little
nance. One exceptional program, The
                                               attention, many of us can find ways to
Heifer Fund, has its regional office right
                                               divert money that we flat out waste—and
in Chestnut Hill. The Heifer Fund, as the
                                               instead use it to invest in the lives of those
name implies, helps families with the
                                               who are seeking a fair chance to support
direct gift of livestock (rather than a mon-
                                               themselves with dignity. How remarkable
etary loan), along with training. The ani-
                                               that any one of us—even a little kid—can
mals provide enhanced nutrition, and the
                                               become a microphilanthropist!
surplus products are sold for additional
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Fascinating Facts About Vultures                                                            nest in our area, it is still less common
                                                                                            than the turkey vulture (known by birders
                                                                                                                                          to remain (relatively) clean after sticking
                                                                                                                                          their heads into carcasses while they dine.
by Brenda Malinics                            is their method of defense. While most        as a “TV”). The turkey vulture is a com-          Vultures and storks are the only birds
                                              wild animals bite, scratch, and claw to       mon sight, especially over open country       to practice the unique method of ther-
    Vulture is a pejorative term when used
                                              scare away predators, vultures simply         and areas where it can catch a thermal.       moregulation known as urohidrosis. They
to describe humans. However, a vulture in
                                              vomit. Yes, vomit. If you think a skunk’s     The characteristic mark of a vulture is its   deliberately void their own excretory
the bird world is anything but negative.
                                              smell is rancid, you have never smelled       “slight dihedral” or bent wings while it      wastes on their legs. The legs are well
Feathered vultures are unique and fasci-
                                              vulture vomit. In short order, it can evac-   soars. Vultures also love to “rock” in open   supplied with blood vessels, and as the
nating and social.
                                              uate a city block. Think about a vulture’s    skies and seem to be having fun in the sky    evaporating liquid cools the legs, the
    These large creatures are the only
                                              diet-dead rotting flesh mixed with strong     as they soar along our roads, fields and      cooler blood is pumped to the rest of the
birds with a well-developed sense of
                                              gastric juices designed to break down         turnpikes.                                    body. In order to prevent the build up of
smell. Contrary to what our parents told
                                              week old carrion, and then you get a sense        Both vultures are extremely large         solid wastes on the legs, the birds bathe
us....mother birds will not abandon their
                                              of what vulture food might smell like on      birds; they average six foot wingspans,       frequently and will bathe daily if provid-
young because they can smell human
                                              the way back out of its stomach. If I         are 30 inches long and weigh approxi-         ed with water.
scent. Except for vultures, songbirds have
                                              haven’t grossed you out, read on for more     mately five pounds. From below, the               Preferring to lay their eggs directly on
no sense of smell. Sorry to dismiss yet
                                              interesting characteristics.                  turkey vulture’s wings appear two-toned       the ground or on cliff ledges, vultures
another myth, and transform our elders
                                                  We have two types of vultures in our      with brown and white feathers. Its head is    build no nests. Both parents incubate. The
into misled liars who were probably just
                                              area-the turkey vulture and the black vul-    reddish, its legs are pale, and its tail is   hatchlings are semi-altricial and are fed
passing along something they learned
                                              ture. The black vulture is less common        much longer than the black vulture. The       regurgiated carrion by both parents.
from their parents...
                                              and is known as a Southern bird. It was       distinctive field marks of the black vul-         Vultures are extremely social and tend
    Almost every facet of vultures is truly
                                              first sighted at Hawk Mountain in             ture are its white primary feathers, all-     to roost in large numbers. Their nests are
fascinating. What I find most interesting
                                              November 1969. While now known to             black underside, short squared tail and its   on steep cliffs, hollow stumps or logs, in
                                                                                            whitish/gray head. Both vultures have         dense thickets or in caves. Their roosts are
                                                                                            featherless heads. Nature adapted these       in trees or sometimes on the ground. They
                                                                                            birds without head feathers to allow them
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Vultures                                      bats, which are the vacuum cleaners of
                                              the night sky, vultures are our roadside
                                                                                            Ephedra Supplements Banned by FDA, Long
           (continued from page 15)
nest in February through June and bear
                                              clean up crews that make roadkill disap-
                                              pear. They work without pay, never go on
                                                                                            Absent from Co-op Shelves
two eggs. The turkey vulture’s eggs are       strike and provide us with a serene image     by Jonathan McGoran
creamy white with patches of pale and         as they rock and roll in the sky. Vultures        The Food and Drug Administration             The FDA has determined that
bright brown, 2 3/4 x 1 3/4 inches. The       definitely stand out from other birds, and    announced in late December 2003 that it      ephedrine-containing dietary supplements
black vulture’s eggs are grayish-green, or    some have even been labeled as ugly.          will ban the manufacture and sale of         “present an unreasonable risk of illness or
bluish-white if not speckled brown. The       Next time you encounter a vulture, decide     dietary supplements containing the           injury,” under the Dietary Supplement
black vulture has been known to “deco-        for yourself whether it is ugly or simply     ephedrine group alkaloids, including         Health and Education Act (DSHEA). This
rate” around their nest with brightly col-    different. But as you do, please appreciate   ephedra weight-loss supplements, effec-      is the first time the FDA has banned a
ored bits of trash. Both parents incubate     that all of its adaptations serve a purpose   tive sometime in March 2004.                 product under DSHEA since the law was
the eggs for 38-41 days. They fledge at 12    to help nature and mankind.                       Weavers Way stopped selling all prod-    enacted in 1994.
weeks. Breeding occurs at two years of            If you have an injured animal, call the   ucts containing ephedra several years ago,       More information about the ban can
age. Vultures breed across most of the        Schuylkill Center Wildlife Rehabilitation     when questions about its safety first came   be found on the internet at:
U.S., winter along the East Coast and         Clinic at 215-482-8217. Care is free and      to light.                          
Southern U.S. into Mexico, Central and        financial donations are always needed,            While the ban does not go into effect    /december2003/
South America. Their natural diet is car-     along with volunteers. Volunteer training     until March, the FDA is encouraging              Information included in this article
rion, but they will occasionally kill small   is held on the first Sunday of the month at   manufacturers and retailers to stop manu-    came from the National Nutritional Foods
birds or living prey on the verge of death.   11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (except in July and         facturing and selling ephedra products       Association.
    Adult vultures have few predators,        August) at 304 Port Royal Avenue.             immediately, and is advising consumers
although black bears and golden eagles                                                      to stop using ephedra products.
have been known to take vultures. The
primary threat is to the incubating eggs
and young hatchlings, which are favorites
of the common crow.
    By virtue of their diet, vultures have
highly developed immune systems that
make them resistant to most microbial
toxins. They are, however, susceptible to
chemical poisons, which may have killed
their food sources. Most of the injuries to
vultures are from impact with automo-
biles while feeding on roadkill.
    Vultures are fascinating creatures that
serve a valuable purpose in nature. Like
JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2004                                                              THE SHUTTLE                                                                            PAGE 17

Workshop Explores Integrative Medicine and Cancer
by John Ascenzi                                pies.” It has a goal of blending comple-           In other instances, Rosenzweig said,         • What is the level of potential risk
     Perhaps a sprig of mistletoe is linger-   mentary therapies, which may include           he may employ supportive complemen-          from a particular therapy?
ing above your doorway. For many of us,        nutritional therapies, herbal medicine,        tary therapies to ease the side effects of       • Have data on the therapy been pub-
it’s a mainstay of Christmas parties. For      homeopathy, acupuncture, yoga, mas-            oncology treatments: using herbs that        lished in a peer-reviewed journal?
Dr. Steven Rosenzweig, the green plant         sage, meditation and other mind-body           may strengthen the liver as it works to          • How does this approach relate to
with the waxy white berries is a potential     techniques, into a patient’s total medical     detoxify chemotherapy drugs, or using        current scientific knowledge of cancer?
cancer fighter.                                care.                                          “probiotics,” beneficial bacteria, to cor-       He also suggested a few Web sites for
     Rosenzweig, the director of the                For cancer patients in particular, many   rect the balance of microorganisms in the    obtaining helpful information on comple-
Jefferson-Myrna Brind Center of                of the center’s therapies aim to reduce the    bowel after a bout of antibiotics or         mentary therapies:
Integrative Medicine at Thomas Jefferson       pain, nausea and anxiety that many             chemotherapy.                                    • M.D. Anderson Cancer Center,
University, is leading a multicenter clini-    patients experience.                               Rosenzweig also touched on using         Houston (
cal trial of European mistletoe, funded by          Given that homeopathy, herbal treat-      meditation and mind-body techniques to       ments/CIMER)
the National Cancer Institute of the           ments and various other alternative prac-      help patients relieve stress and “even out       •      National Cancer Institute
National Institutes of Health.                 tices have often engendered sharp criti-       the ups and downs of the day.”               (
     There have been previous clinical tri-    cism from mainstream medicine, has he              When facing the wide variety of          am)
als of mistletoe extract, which is current-    encountered much resistance from con-          claims, some of them overreaching or             • Center for Mind-Body Medicine,
ly a regulated homeopathic cancer drug in      ventional practitioners? In a phone inter-     contradictory, from the whole universe of    Washington, D.C. (
Europe. Although, Rosenzweig said,             view, Rosenzweig said the center “has          complementary or alternative approaches,         [Note: Much complementary and
those trials had flawed designs, he added      rapidly been growing in acceptance. I’m        how does a layperson evaluate them?          alternative medicine, of course, is contro-
that overall results suggest the plant may     not practicing oncology, and we’re not         Rosenzweig advised asking a few ques-        versial. For skeptical critiques, see
have an antitumor effect. His current trial    competing with oncologists. We’re play-        tions about the evidence offered:  ]
seeks to discover whether mistletoe            ing a supporting role, and I work closely          • Are claims backed up by results in         For information about the Jefferson-
extract may improve immune function            in consultation with oncologists at the        humans, not just cell cultures and ani-      Myrna Brind Center of Integrative
and quality of life in patients with lung      Kimmel Cancer Center.”                         mals?                                        Medicine, call 215-955-2221 or go to the
cancer who are also receiving standard              In his workshop, Rosenzweig                   • Are the claims based on data from      center’s web site (www.jeffersonhospi-
chemotherapy.                                  described some nuances of integrative          clinical trials?                   
     Mistletoe was one of many topics          medicine, such as striving to avoid poten-
Rosenzweig discussed at his October 27         tially harmful interactions among differ-
workshop, “Integrative Medicine and            ent therapies. For instance, antioxidants
Cancer,” at the Weavers Way Annex.             such as vitamin C, vitamin E and seleni-
     An emergency medicine physician,          um weaken the injurious effects of free
Rosenzweig established the center in           radicals in the body. On the other hand,
1993 with four other Jefferson faculty         some cancer treatments, such as radiation
members. The center operates within the        therapy, generate free radicals to kill can-
University’s Kimmel Cancer Center.             cer cells. “No one knows if antioxidants
     Integrative medicine, according to the    weaken the therapeutic effects of radia-
center’s web site, is “bridging mainstream     tion,” he said, “but one approach is to
medicine to promising alternative thera-       avoid antioxidants until a course of radia-
                                               tion therapy is completed.”
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Winter Collage
by Mark Goodman                                     In my sophomore year at Temple, I           the student who used to read the bare min-   tion that helped draft dodgers (this was
                                                participated in the college ritual of driving   imum became a lifelong voracious reader.     1970) and other wayward Americans. The
    Around this time of year, my mind is
                                                to Florida for winter break. I foolishly            As a young adult and into my thirties,   house with a variety of transient guests
a collage of winters past. Still visceral are
                                                took the driving shift from 3 a.m. and          I made many winter visits to New York’s      could have been in Powelton Village or
the winters of my youth in West Oak
                                                spent the wee hours fighting mirages of         Lower East Side to spend time with my        Spruce Hill. The character who ran the
Lane, where I was lucky enough to live
                                                bears crossing the road, until I was            twin sister, Donna, and niece, Leila. I      place, with a long beard and a hard but
on a hilly, one-way street. Snow meant
                                                stopped at dawn by a small town police-         took the train and then walked so I could    vacant stare, called himself the Fisher
sleds, belly flops, sled trains, and double-
                                                man for my first speeding ticket. I had not     stop at the famous Strand used-book          King. Those were the days when people
deckers where one kid piled on top of
                                                reacted quickly enough to the sign telling      store, paradise for book lovers. Once, the   were calling themselves Lilac, Neptune,
another and sledded down Independence
                                                me to slow down to 10 mph after doing 60        heat went off in Donna’s apartment build-    and Neon, so I didn’t care. One night I
Street to just before the traffic and trolley
                                                on the highway. My three compadres and          ing. Unfortunately, it was a week when       came home late, didn’t have a key, and
cars of Ogontz Avenue. As a sixteen-year-
                                                I grumbled, paid, and left amid the smirks      the temperature dropped to zero.             climbed through a window. The Fisher
old, winters meant working Saturdays at
                                                of school children whose teachers’              However, with sweat clothes, sleeping        King was sitting in a chair staring and
my father’s auto supply store in
                                                salaries were probably paid by the speed        bags, and blankets, we slept through the     didn’t seem to notice me, even when I
Germantown selling antifreeze, ice scrap-
                                                trap revenues. In Miami, I sprained my          chilly night, only to awake watching our     said “Good night” and went to bed.
ers, and tire chains. On winter Sundays, if
                                                ankle playing basketball against guys           own breath. Donna did not curse the cold;        Winter in Los Angeles wasn’t like a
the temperature was above 35 degrees,
                                                from New York (we beat them), and I had         she started a rent strike — and won!         real winter, but it was adventuresome. A
there were basketball games at the school-
                                                to fly home. I was on crutches for two              That wintertime in Toronto was fun       car caught fire in a parking lot, and while
yard. If there was snow on the ground,
                                                weeks, and couldn’t drive or play basket-       because I went sledding on flattened card-   others shouted and watched, I ran into a
guys came with snow shovels and cleaned
                                                ball, so with nothing to do that winter, I      board boxes and hooked up with friends       store, got a fire extinguisher, and put out
the court, even while their sidewalks at
                                                picked up a book (Grapes of Wrath), and         from Scotland, Ireland, and Trinidad. I      the fire. Then, while riding the infamous
home went unshoveled.
                                                                                                found a place to stay through an organiza-
                                                                                                                                                             continued on page 19
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Winter Collage                                 just over a year old, and since neither my    Amber, loved to chase any critter that        enjoyed the story and were an apprecia-
         continued from page 18                wife, Shelley, nor I could get to work for    moved, including a white hare that out-       tive audience.
                                               a couple of days, we kept a fire blazing in   smarted her by circling a tree and then           My daily rituals sounded like a
freeways, our car ran out of gas. I was
                                               the fireplace, listened to music, and         running off while Amber kept chasing its      Johnny Carson monologue. It was so cold
elected to go down into Watts and bring
                                               enjoyed being with each other in cozy Mt.     scent around and around the tree.             that I had to take the car battery inside
back gasoline. I caught some stares as I
                                               Airy.                                             There were about two six-inch snow-       every night so the acid wouldn’t freeze. It
walked through the neighborhood, recent-
                                                   But the most memorable winter was         falls every week, which I’m told was rel-     was so cold that I left an electric dipstick
ly a scene of riots, with a gas can, but
                                               up in rural Maine where I lived in a cot-     atively light, although the temperature did   in the car overnight to keep the oil fluid.
nobody said anything. Also in L.A., I got
                                               tage in the woods with a dog and a four-      plummet to -18° one night. The old-           It was so cold that I needed snowshoes to
my first and only jaywalking ticket. The
                                               wheel-drive Scout. I had cut firewood all     timers gathered at the mechanic’s garage      walk across the frozen pond from
policeman looked like a surfer, but he was
                                               summer and fall imitating my back-to-         around a fifty-five gallon drum made into     November to March.
serious, so I played along and didn’t laugh.
                                               the-land mentor, Scott Nearing, by using      a stove and swapped yarns. I enjoyed              So whenever the winter’s length, cold,
    Even the infamous “ice winter” of
                                               only a bow saw and an ax. My dog,             hearing about horse-drawn sleighs and         darkness, and slush start to get me down,
1995 had its charm. My son, Alex, was
                                                                                             logging camps. My nearest neighbors           I visit the ol’ memory bank, and suddenly,
                                                                                             were residents of a home for mentally         winter is a story again, the kind that you
                                                                                             challenged adults. Each week I walked         find in your favorite movie, or in a book
                                                                                             there to read from Charlotte’s Web, by        that’s so good you forget what time it is.
                                                                                             Maine author E.B. White. The residents
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Manager’s Corner                             ditions, or prefer to be ignorant of the

                                                                                                                                                                   PHOTO BY JONATHAN
        (continued from page 1)              consequences of our purchases. One
                                             example of this kind of unfair treatment is
that I deplore smoking and junk food. I
                                             that Wal-Mart pays its associates an aver-
view consuming cigarettes and junk food
                                             age of $8/hour, and the average associate

as a form of insanity, like paying someone
                                             works 32 hours per week, or
to poison you. It pains me to see teens
                                             $1024/month. The health plan offered
buying into this con, especially since so
                                             costs $250/month, which is about one
many of the teens I know are disparaging
                                             fourth of the average associates monthly
of cons and hypocrisy. After I’m a movie
                                             earnings. Few workers can afford this,
star, I’m going to launch a campaign to
                                             and as a result, according to an article in
induce teens to eschew cigarettes and
                                             the December 2003 issue of Fast Facts
junk food and replace them with Peelu
                                             magazine, “nearly 700,000 Wal-Mart
gum and organic figs.
                                             workers are forced to get health insurance
    Speaking of insane consumption, I
                                             coverage from the government or through
recently read some articles in trade jour-
                                             spouses’ plans. Wal-Mart shifts the cost of
nals about Wal-Mart. Wal-Mart is now the
                                             health insurance to taxpayers and other
world’s largest company with sales of
                                             employers, driving up the health costs for
$244.5 billion. Wal-Mart is a major force
                                             all of us.” For more information, visit
behind the U.S. economy; their decisions
                                             “” and click on the
on what to sell and how to price it have
                                             “activism” button and then follow the link     LONGTIME CO-OP SUPPLIER MICHELE D’AMBROSIO, CREATOR OF MICHELE’S
widespread impact on what gets produced
                                             on “why you shouldn’t shop at Wal-Mart”
and where. One article I read had inter-
                                             at the bottom of the petition page.            PRODUCTS (INCLUDING HER FAMOUS TOFU-TAHINI DIP) HANDS OUT SAMPLES AT
views with a few Wal-Mart suppliers.                                                        A RECENT PRODUCT TASTING. AS IF ANYONE STILL HASN’T TASTED IT.
                                                  Co-ops can offer an alternative to
They discuss how Wal-Mart has both
                                             Wal-Mart type shopping, by choosing to
helped and hurt their supplier’s business-
                                             stock products that are less exploitive in
es. Apparently, if you supply Wal-Mart,
                                             their production, like Fair Trade products
you have to be extremely disciplined; for
                                             (like Equal Exchange coffee). There are
example, you are given a 30-second win-
                                             movements afoot to build on the “Fair
dow to deliver your goods to their ware-
                                             Trade” label concept, and create some
house. Complying with Wal-Mart’s oper-
                                             kind of certification label for products
ational standards has helped some busi-
                                             that consumers can have confidence were
nesses to operate more efficiently.
                                             produced in compliance with a delineated
However, the other thing Wal-Mart does
                                             set of social standards. Co-ops, especially
is constantly apply pressure for suppliers
                                             if they unite as a group, can help this type
to lower prices. This has resulted in man-
                                             of standard evolve.
ufacturers looking for the cheapest way to
make something, which translates into
moving factories where workers are real-
ly cheap. In one case I read about, the
workers sound like indentured servants.
Environmental concerns also become
lower priority. We Americans say we
want clean air and water, good living con-
ditions, good health care, and fair treat-
ment from employers. However, by shop-
ping at Wal-Mart, we are in effect saying
that we either are unwilling to pay for
anything manufactured under these con-
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Beef at Co-op a Good Choice                                         What Does It Mean To Be a Progressive?
by Dale Kinley                                                         Weavers Way’s Education Committee and the          The College of New Jersey and Weavers Way board
   With all the concern about mad cow disease in the news, we       Social Action Committee of the Unitarian Society of   member, who will introduce the discussion with
want to assure everyone that the beef at Weavers Way is a good      Germantown are proud to co-sponsor the upcoming       remarks based on his most recent book Changing the
choice. All of our beef is from steer, not cows, and none are fed   forum entitled “What Does It Mean To Be a             World: American Progressives in War and Revolution.
any animal by-products. Esposito’s beef is Angus Beef, raised       Progressive?” The forum will be held Monday,          In light of his recent trip to Cuba, he will also reflect on
in the Midwest. Golden Valley Naturally-Raised Beef and             February 9, 2004, 7:30 p.m. in the Assembly Room of   what progressivism has to offer to a world where com-
Natural Acres Organic Beef are raised in Lancaster County.          the Unitarian Society of Germantown, 6511 Lincoln     munism has collapsed. Opening remarks will be brief to
They both have self-contained stock, and are mostly grass-fed,      Drive.                                                allow plenty of time for discussion.
except in winter months when grain is added to their diets.            The forum will feature opening remarks by Alan           Please contact USG at 215-844-1159 for further
                                                                    Dawley, an award-winning historian and professor at   information.
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Easy Hearty Winter Eating                                                                      Garlic Bread
                                                                                                 One long crusty loaf of Italian or
                                                                                                                                                  If you have more time for real cooking,
                                                                                                                                              and want to avoid the risks of commercial
by Anna Herman                                ture, spread it on a well-oiled sheet pan,           French bread, cut in half                  beef, try the Nature’s Valley beef the Co-
    My idea of easy eating in winter is to    spread the topping on top and bake at 400          2-3 cloves garlic                            op has been stocking for the last few
serve soup, stew or casseroles. My other      degrees till brown and crusty. Other easy          ½ stick butter, softened or melted           months. All the cuts I’ve tried have been
idea is to see what prepared foods I can      toppings include the marinated roasted             3 T. olive oil (or use all butter or all     quite good — the steak may the quickest to
find at the Co-op and incorporate those       tomatoes and shredded mozzarella, with               olive oil)                                 make into a meal, but our favorite is the
into an otherwise “home-made” dinner. I       or without a thin layer of any of the Co-op        Grated Parmesan or Romano cheese             brisket. Brisket, a cut used for corned beef
figure it’s still cheaper than going out or   made pestos. Chopped pitted olives and             salt                                         and pastrami, is best braised in liquid over
ordering Chinese, and I don’t have to slice   white bean salad are a surprisingly good             Peel garlic and press or chop finely and   medium low heat for several hours. I make
and dice each item I put on the table. With   topping for pizza. I find that a little bit of   add to softened or melted butter, add oil.     a favorite winter Friday night dinner on
the third printing of The Weavers Way Co-     mozzarella underneath helps hold on dry          Spread or brush mixture onto both cut sur-     Wednesday or Thursday with the follow-
op Cookbook: A Culinary Tapestry, now         toppings. If you don’t use cheese, push the      faces of bread. Sprinkle with cheese and/or    ing recipe. (In the summer, look for ideas
on the shelves, I am also reminded to         ingredients firmly into the dough, and let       salt. (Fresh pepper here is also good).        on smoking brisket, which is even better!).
encourage all of you to try some of the       sit for 10-20 minutes before baking. These           Bake at 350-400 degrees till lightly       Slow cooked and cooled overnight, the fat
winter recipes from that book. There are      pizzas, cut in small squares or triangles,       browned. Slice and serve. Make extra           can be skimmed off the gravy and the meat
great, easy recipes for soups and vegetar-    are great appetizers or afternoon snacks.        unless all your friends and family are on      sliced and returned to the liquids to reheat
ian casseroles. Try one of the recipes             Our next favorite winter meal from the      Atkins, in which case freeze the extra for     to tender savory delight.
below — then buy your own copy.               Co-op is Mrs. Celentano’s Eggplant               reheating as needed.                                           continued on page 23
    The easiest quick “home-made” din-        Parmesan (better than most homemade ver-
ner from the Co-op is fresh pizza dough       sions I’ve tried). I usually make a good gar-
topped with one of the prepared spreads       lic bread and simple romaine salad with
or salads. Our favorite is the artichoke      anchovy vinaigrette to accompany. The gar-
spread with mozzarella and tomatoes. Let      lic bread is great with lots of other meals,
the pizza dough come to room tempera-         and makes a simple bowl of soup a meal.
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Winter Eating                                  splash red wine                                If you have a pan with sides that is      reach to mid way up the meat, if not add
        (continued from page 22)               1-2 stalks celery, washed and sliced       large enough to hold the brisket and fixins   enough stock or water to fill to that point.
                                                 thin                                     then use this to start, if not, brown the     Cover pan and place in low oven 275-
Friday Night Brisket                           1-2 t. fresh thyme or rosemary leaves,     meat in a frying pan and transfer to a        300. Cook for two-three hours or until
(make at least a day ahead-freezes great)        or half that dried                       roasting pan later.                           “fork tender.” You really can’t overcook
    This brisket is very saucy, so I like to   some of the following are also nice:           Remove meat from plastic and pat          this (but don’t try to). Let cool overnight.
serve it with noodles (home-made for           ½ pound mushrooms, (a variety is nice,     dry. Heat oil in frying pan, dutch oven or    Skim the fat if you like. Remove meat and
company, especially spatzle), rice or            but plain white just fine) sliced thin   braising pan (see above) until oil is quite   slice thin. Return meat to liquid to reheat
polenta. Roast potatoes are also great and       1-4 potatoes, washed and cut into        hot. Sprinkle lots of salt and fresh pepper   covered either in the oven or stove-top.
then you may have leftover gravy for a           pieces                                   on the outside of the meat and brown on       Check for seasoning, and add more salt if
noodle dish with meat sauce later in the       1-4 turnips or parsnips, washed and        all sides. Remove meat from pan and set       needed. You can thicken the gravy by
weekend).                                        cut into pieces                          aside. Add onions to pan and cook, stir-      either pureeing some of the vegetables
  4 T. olive oil                               8-16 oz. can crushed or chopped or         ring regularly till translucent, add garlic   (especially if you used potatoes) or
  1 brisket of beef - 3-6 pounds                 even whole tomatoes                      and cook an additional few minutes till       adding a bit of cornstarch (1-2 t. corn-
  1-2 onions, peeled and chopped               beef, chicken or vegetable stock (or       the onions and garlic brown nicely. If you    starch mixed first with ¼ cup cold water)
  3-6 cloves garlic, peeled and sliced           water)                                   are using mushrooms, add them now and         to the gravy before returning the meat to
  1-3 carrots, washed, tops off and sliced                                                cook down till most of their liquid has       the pan and reheating. If using cornstarch
    or minced                                                                             cooked off and they are beginning to          to thicken, stir once or twice during
                                                                                          brown. Add the red wine and scrape the        reheating.
                                                                                          browned bits from the pan bottom. Add             Anna Herman cooked professionally
                                                                                          the meat back, the other chopped vegeta-      for many years and currently consults to
                                                                                          bles, herbs, and the tomatoes with their      food businesses part time and feeds her
                                                                                          liquid. There should be enough liquid to      family full time.
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                                                pretty dependable supplier, with whom                                  r: (Bonnie and Norman) All Weavers
                                                we’ve never had a freshness problem.                               Way sandwiches are made daily — any-                s: “Please make more vegan sand-
                                                Also, in general, when we do get cheeses                           thing with a reduced sticker is one day old     wiches.”
                                                with expiration dates pre-printed from the                         — after that we give them away. Since the           r: (Bonnie) Our Prepared Foods
                                                manufacturer, they are dated for months                            sandwiches are not here that long, people       department does make vegan sandwiches,
                                                after we get them. Also, if packaged                               find it difficult to establish a relationship   but we’ve found those to be weaker in
                                                cheese has a freshness or quality problem,                         from which dating could then result. Also,      sales. The Deli, however, carries many
                                                it is usually visible in the form of mold or                       although we appreciate your suggestion,         vegan sandwiches, so check the right side
                                                a package whose wrap has broken.                                   and although Co-op staff and members            of the Prepared Foods case as well.
                                                                                                                   sometimes date each other, it is usually by
                                                    s: “The only chocolate bars that are on                        mutual agreement, not in response to a              s: “I’m a big fan of Prepared Foods.
                                                the first floor and easily available are                           member suggestion.                              Last week I bought Greek Salad and
                                                Ghirardelli — neither organic nor Fair                                                                             found it with salty feta — not French —
                                                Trade. Please place the Green and Black’s                              s: “Pomegranate juice! You can sip it       and far too much dressing — a big let
                                                Fair Trade/organic chocolate bars next to                          like wine and it won’t make you feel            down. I won’t buy it again soon!”
                                                Ghirardelli so shoppers know they have a                           stupid afterwards, yet has the same anti-           r: (Bonnie) Thanks for being a fan!
                                                choice and can easily choose the organ-                            oxidant benefits as red wine. This house-       We never, ever, ever, use regular feta
                                                ic/Fair Trade brand. As things stand now,                          hold would buy it regularly if we could         cheese in the Greek Salad (once you’ve
by Norman Weiss                                 most shoppers never even see the Fair                              stock it.”                                      tasted French feta, you’ll never go back).
   Greetings and thanks for writing. As         Trade/organic brands. Thanks!”                                         r: (Chris) We’d need more requests to       However, I have found the French feta on
usual, suggestions and responses may                r: (Chris) Good Suggestion. Once the                           add a juice that is this expensive. It would    rare occasion, to be a bit salty. Also, the
have been edited for clarity, brevity           Ghirardelli “pure milk” chocolate sells                            sell for $4.78/quart, quite a bit more than     Kalamata olives can sometimes be quite
and/or comedy.                                  out, we’re planning to discontinue it and                          our other juices.                               salty, so we don’t add additional salt to
                                                use that spot for Green and Black.                                                                                 this recipe. Thanks for your feedback.
    We recently changed the brand of

                                                                                                                      Weavers Way
non-dairy margarine-type spread we                   s: “During apple season, only one
stock, from Spectrum Spread to Earth            organic apple is carried by the Co-op.
Balance Natucol because the Spectrum            This is...unsatisfactory. Even during apple

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Spread didn’t sell that well and we had         season we should give organic apple
requests for the Earth Balance. I wanted        eaters a choice. Please — it’s organic
to pass on a simple alternative that my         apple season, too.”
wife discovered, which is to simply pour             r: (Eileen) We are committed to local-                                            Fruit & Cheese
olive oil into a bowl and put it in the         ly grown and organic, which in this case                                               Vegetables and Dip
refrigerator. The olive oil solidifies and is   comes into some conflict. When possible
then easily spread on bread or whatever.        we carry two organic apples. However,                                                  Mediterranean
                                                farmers of the locally grown apples                                                    Deli Meats & Cheeses
suggestions and responses:
                                                (which we buy direct from the farmers)
   s: “Sugar-free everything: cookies,          use less pesticides and soil treatment, par-                                                                                               t o !!
                                                                                                                                       Wraps                                         ab skets
cake, brownie mix, sorbet, ice cream,           tially because the apples don’t have to be
peanut butter, etc. etc.”                       shipped long distances. We therefore                                                                                               k
   r: (Norman) We don’t get many                judge that it’s better to cut organic apple                                            Smoked Fish                               As ft Ba
requests for sugar-free stuff, and the          slots from two to one, and devote the                                                  Ducktrap Nova                              Gi
cookies we’ve had in the past were a dud.       space to local apples, which are plentiful,
                                                cheap, fresh, support local agriculture,
    s: “Why don’t we get single serving         and sell really well.                                              To order, call Bonnie, 215.843.2350, ext. 102, and leave your name, phone
Fantastic Soups anymore?”                                                                                          number and the best time to call. Please order by Wednesday for the follow-
    r: (Norman) In a brilliant marketing            s: “Another request for the Co-op to                           ing weekend, or three days in advance. Last-minute orders will be filled
move, Fantastic Foods appears to have           carry Old City Coffee — a Philadelphia                             whenever possible. Your individual platter ideas or substitutions are welcome.
put the same amount of dry soup mix in a        women-owned business that roasts daily
larger cup, so you get more soup by             in Reading Terminal market. Is their any
adding more water. They’re so committed         reason not to carry it?”
                                                                                                                   Welcome to Weavers Way Cooperative Association
to the success of this idea that they have          r: (Norman) We’re happy with our                               Dear Neighbor,
discontinued what you refer to as the “sin-     current 3 coffee suppliers, two of which                           If you are not already a member of Weavers Way Co-op, you are invited to
gle serve” sizes and only sell the “Big         are local (Fonseca and Blue Water) and                             join. Weavers Way is a member-owned, not-for-profit cooperative. Our bylaws
Bowls.”                                         two of which are Fair Trade (Equal                                 require that in becoming a member someone from your household attend an
                                                Exchange and Blue Water). There isn’t                              orientation meeting, where details of membership will be explained. Meetings
    s: “I like Shalom Farms organic             really room for a fourth choice, although                          are held at the Germantown Jewish Center (GJC), Lincoln Drive and Ellet
cheeses very much, but I’d feel happier         we are considering a fourth as an alterna-                         Street, and at Church of the Annunciation (CA), Carpenter Lane and Lincoln
buying them if their packaging had expi-        tive to Fair Trade coffees. The brand is                           Drive. Upcoming Orientation Meetings are on the following dates:
ration dates on them. Can this be done?”        “Take Advantage,” where instead of                                          DAY             DATE                   TIME            LOCATION
    r: (Nancy and Norman) Shalom Farm           money we pay the peasant coffee growers                                      Wednesday,         Feb. 4, 2004               6:45 p.m.          GJC
cheeses come to us already pre-packaged,        with shopper’s unused frequent flyer                                         Wednesday,         Mar. 3, 2004               6:45 p.m.          GJC
so we would just be guessing if we put          mileage.                                                                     Wednesday,         Apr. 14, 2004              6:45 p.m.          GJC
expiration dates on them. However, we                                                                                        Saturday,          May 1, 2004                10:30 a.m.         CA
get Shalom Farm cheeses weekly, from a             s: “Please date sandwiches.”
                                                                                                                   Meetings start promptly and last about 1 1/4 hours. Latecomers cannot be
                                                                                                                   admitted. Written reservations are required, so please fill out the tear-off
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                                                                                                                   sheet below and return it to the store. At the close of the orientation meeting,
                                                                                                                   you will be expected to pay your initial $30 annual investment (check or
                                                                                                                   cash). We look forward to seeing you and welcoming you into the Co-op.

                                                                                                                   Madelyn M. Morris, Membership Coordinator

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