I am very excited to share the good news that we now have nearly 450 members! When I first visited with Gary and Jason last December, one of the things I was impressed with was their ambition. They set a high, challenging goal of getting 600 members by the end of September. I, for one, like a good stiff challenge – especially when it’s for a good cause.
But I’m also a big believer in the power of community, and I know that’s what has gotten us this far. Many of you have hosted a house party (and I’m hoping many more will do so in the future!) and they have been very successful. Others share information about the Iowa Food Cooperative with family, friends, and co-workers whenever you have the opportunity and that too has generated new members.
We want to up the ante and tell you about the next big push to reach our goal of 600 members before the first of October. And, we want to provide some incentive to you to help. During the month of August, each person who brings a new member to the Iowa Food Co-op will receive a $10 gift certificate to the IFC. But for those who like a good challenge – we’ll have three gift baskets that will go to the three people who bring in the most new members. These gift baskets will, of course, have a food theme: a Breakfast Basket, a Lunch Basket, and a Dinner Basket.
Many of our producers are donating to the baskets, so you know they’ll be good!
When you invite someone to join, just make sure they put your name in Section 5 where it says, “Please give more detail.” We’ll tally up the new members on September 1, and announce the winners in the September newsletter.
Let’s make it happen!