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Lexington Co-op’s Annual Meeting & Draft Shared Vision for Expansion

By Patrick Finan (Co-op Board Member):
Last Wednesday, more than 200 people gathered in the Nardin Academy cafeteria and gym to eat together, learn together, and grow together while celebrating Lexington Co-op’s 40th anniversary at its annual meeting.  At the packed record-setting event, member-owners shared diverse and lively discussion on coop operations, voted for Board Members, premiered a Co-op documentary film and participated in a portion of the meeting dedicated to gathering feedback on the Co-op’s upcoming expansion.
This April, after a year of study, communications with member-owners, and reflection, the Co-op’s Board of Directors set a goal of doubling retail square footage by 2015 based on identified needs of increased demand. Over the summer, the results of meetings with more than 100 member-owners plus survey interviews with additional member-owners were collated. After reviewing this feedback, plus letters and emails, the board adopted a Draft Shared Vision that is broad enough to allow exploration of multiple options while being specific enough to energize the more than 8,000 member-owners.
The four tenets of the Draft Shared Vision express the Co-op’s future goals as: More accessible. More choices. More impact. More community. 
^A teaser for the film. The entire film will be released in the coming weeks, and be available for sale at Lexington Co-op. 
Over the next two months, the Co-op will continue soliciting thoughts of member-owners on the Draft Shared Vision, and invite participation by sending an email to  Although the board will not consider potential expansion sites until the Draft Shared Vision is refined, one decision has been made:  Lexington Co-op will not be leaving Elmwood Avenue.
Another highlight of the evening was the premiere of a documentary about the history of the Co-op by Buffalo filmmaker John Paget. Paget has recently worked on several films for Visit Buffalo Niagara, including the acclaimed video “Buffalo, NY: This Place Matters.”
Joann Tomasulo, Marketing Director for Lexington Co-op, worked with Paget on the film and hopes that the documentary “will educate Western New Yorkers on the exciting 40-year history of the Co-op, share stories about its Lexington Avenue roots, and remind the community that this is their store, a store we built together, ground up.”
Tomasulo says, “We’ve reached a new day in the Co-op’s history. 200 people attending the annual meeting shows how passionate owners are about their food and their co-op community. The film was exciting to work on; it really isn’t hard to pay tribute to our owners who have worked so tirelessly, shopped regularly and steered their co-op through so many changes. The difficult part is not being able to interview all 8,000 owners!”
Photo Credit: Lexington Co-op

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