Posted by Laura Hagen, HWFC Member-Owner

Here are today’s Grassroots-Grows-Capacity Action Steps:


Today the message is short and sweet (y’all need a break after the recent encyclopedic Bylaws ~Broadside~). So, one thing only to put on the calendar and the TO DO List:

1. Tomorrow, Tuesday, December 15, 2015, is the monthly meeting of the Honest Weight Food Co-op board of directors. Because the board anticipates a large turnout – and more than 720 of us turned out 16 days ago for an emergency Special Membership Meeting! – please note the change in location. The meeting will be held at the:

Emerson Community Hall
First Unitarian Universalist Society
405 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY (between Robin & Lake)

The meeting will begin at 6:00 PM.
Please click here for the agenda.

This is the first board meeting for three new board members whom you – member owners – voted for at our historic Special Membership Meeting on November 30, 2015: Nate Horwitz, Carolynn Presser and Kate Doyle.

What a wonderful expression of democracy-in-action and solidarity on November 30th! And people we need to see that again. Our community needs to come together to celebrate new directions, new energy, change and working together for our common cause of food & community!

So, please show up tomorrow night with a spirit of welcome, co-operation, and shared purpose!


ALERT to all you mid-winter celebrators & Medievalists: The winter solstice occurs on December 21, 11:48 P.M. EST. The dark triumphs … but oh so briefly.

And of course it is the changing of the seasons and time for a song – with  me being a musician and all – so without further ado, something I think we can all relate to, from our own local boys – known from Brattleboro to Albany and many points in between, Nowell Sing We Clear! John Roberts, Tony Barrand, Fred Breunig and Andy Davis singing, Rise Up Jock!

Laura & Tim <smile> and so many, many local families & their children and all the grandparents and all the local dancers & musicians …miss ya this year! And, John, Tony, Fred & Andy, we especially miss – and boy do we still need – the sage & erudite political commentary of that rowdy, disreputable group of Mummer’s who rag-tagged along with you!

So it’s Rise up Jock and sing your song,
For the summer is short and the winter long,
Let’s all join hands and form a chain
‘Til the leaves of springtime bloom again!

And why sing one song when you can just as easily sing two!  Just because this is such an awesome, celebratory song, here are the boys singing Chariots, also known as The Carol of the Alliteration, written by yet another wonderful musician, John Kirkpatrick. This is from their Old Songs Nowell Sing We Clear performance in Altamont, New York in 2012.

Go grab some mead and warm up those vocal cords! You can safely sing in the shower, bellow while busking, hum it in harmony and (of course) chime in with the children!

And for those of you who want all those alliterations to just trip off the tongue lightly …as Tony would instruct us, open up your hymnals

There is a special line in this song just for all you local recorder players out  there … So learn your tunes well and play your pipes proudly …and as a recorder teacher & performer I would be remiss in not reminding you to practice well! (Paul Rosenberg put down the fiddle and perform a little more on that recorder now and agin!)

And for all of us, let that line of pure melody soar in your soul…and swear that your singing it never shall cease…

As a candle can conquer the demons of darkness
As a flame can keep frost from the deepest of cold
So a song can give hope in the depths of all danger
And a line of pure melody soar in your soul
So sing your songs well and sing your songs sweetly
And swear that your singing it never shall cease
So the clatter of battle and drums of disaster
Be drowned in the sound of the pipes of peace

Of the power of human voices gathered together in jubilation to sing and celebrate! Nowell Sing We Clear John, Tony, Fred, Andy – this you taught us and with that blessed our families! We miss you and we will sing sweetly this holiday season, without you, and in your honor! Wassail! to you and your families!

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
Margaret Mead

Grassroots Action: One HWFC member-owner individual, family, and employee at a time …we can reach every HWFC member-owner if we ALL work it.
Build Capacity: If everybody does their little bit (or a bigger bit if they can),
we build our capacity day-by-day.  Boy, are we ever!
Have faith: It simply works!
You are the PR: Be factual, be calm, don’t attack anyone personally, and please do be impassioned about saving our member-owned, locally-owned & controlled co-operative!

This is co-operative, in action!


One thought on “GRASSROOTS ACTION and Monthly Board Meetings ARE POWERFUL!

  1. Susan Longtin

    Excellent! And the membership meeting tonight at the Co-op. I’d like to see an expanded role for the membership committee. Some of the documentation says that the Board is in charge of the regular GM’s. Some say the membership committee. I’d like a joint venture with the committee doing the logistics and the board doing much of the content.


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