November & December 2014 HGC Newsletter
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Hudson Grocery Cooperative Board of Directors (l-r) President Dietmar Schlei, Megan Laney, Don Kirkpatrick, Treasurer Sarah Atkins, David Larson, Secretary Jacki Bradham, and Vice President Kathy Tobias. (Not pictured: Marina Onken)

HGC Elects Directors and Officers

The Annual Hudson Grocery Cooperative (HGC) owners meeting was held on November 11 at Seasons Tavern in North Hudson and members in attendance elected the HGC 2015 board of directors.
New to the board this year are Marina Onken and Megan Laney. Marina, a HGC Steering Committee member, is a professor of management who specializes in strategic management. Megan is a nurse and has been a HGC member from the Co-op’s beginning. She looks forward “stepping up” to help launch the new co-op grocery store in downtown Hudson.
Sarah Atkins and Kathy Tobias were reelected to the board. Directors Dietmar Schlei, Don Kirkpatrick, David Larson, Jacki Bradham are continuing their terms on the board.
Following the owners meeting the board held a short meeting to elect officers: President Dietmar Schlei; Vice-President Kathy Tobias; Treasurer Sarah Atkins; and Secretary Jacki Bradham.
View more about the HGC Board.

HGC Directors meet with Stuart Reid (l-r) Don Kirkpatrick, Marina Onken, Stuart Reid, David Larson, Sarah Atkins, Kathy Tobias and Dietmar Schlei.

HGC Board of Directors Meet with Stuart Reid

Executive Director of the Food Co-op Initiative, Stuart Reid, stopped for a visit with the HGC Board of Directors on December 4th. Stuart has an extensive background working with a variety of cooperatives, so the visit provided a great opportunity to speak to Stuart one-on-one. Stuart discussed available resources, different strategies for engaging volunteers and building ownership. He recommended breaking down goals into smaller tasks and focusing on accomplishing specific tasks. He also encouraged HGC to celebrate the small successes.

HGC Book Club Seeks Members

HGC would like to coordinate additional book events with Chapter 2 Books in 2015. This new book club would focuses on topics that explore what we eat and where our food comes from. Topics like organic, locally sources, and much more.

If you are interested in helping to coordinate future book club events and/or participating in a monthly book club, please contact Ramona ( We hope to continue with the book club if enough interest in is generated.

HGC Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers are needed with the following activities and events. Whether you can volunteer only a few hours or you can tackle a larger project — your co-op needs you!
1. Hudson Hot Air Affair will be on February 6-8, 2015 with a theme of “Field to Flight: E-I-E-I-Ooo” that highlights agriculture. We are looking for volunteers to organize an activity and/or help with an HGC booth during the event.
2. Brochure distribution to downtown businesses occurs monthly on the second Saturday of the month of a couple of hours in the morning.
3. We need writers for the co-op’s newsletter, The BeetThis is and ongoing task for someone interested in submitting short articles on health, nutrition, recipes, and/or articles about HGC.
4. We are still looking for more HGC Ambassadors. Volunteers would meet face-to-face in either one-to-one or group meeting settings with potential new owners. Training is provided.
Thanks in advance for your time!

For questions or to volunteer, please contact Jacki Bradham at 715-386-3826 or

Welcome New HGC Members:

Matt & Christina Dobberstein
Bryan & Melia Pike   
Brad & Kym Rebers
Kelle & Chris Anderson
Felicity Plansky & Julian Price
Liane Niedernhoefer
Dolores & Grover Eaton
Karen Mueller
Elizabeth Kaldun-Buchholz
Robert & Adrien Porter
Kari Lippert
Amy & Todd Stonestrom
Gift Ownership - it’s a surprise
Bill & Paulene Feyereisen

Hudson Grocery Co-op
247 Members
as of 12/9/14
Megan Laney and her daughters who are showing the tree ornaments we were making.

HGC at Reindeer by the Park

Thank you to Megan Laney, Kathy Tobias, Jill Kivi and Jacki Bradham for volunteering at the HGC table at the Reindeer by the Park on December 6th. HGC had a great time making Christmas tree ornaments with the kids, as well as sharing with parents HGC's efforts to bring a grocery co-op to downtown Hudson.

HGC Seeks Groups for Presentations

If you are part of a group or know of a group that would be interested in learning more about the co-op, let us know. How about your book club, wine club, bike club or even your workplace colleagues? HGC has ambassadors ready to come and talk to your group about the co-op. If you know of a group interested in a guest speaker, please contact Jacki Bradham at 715-386-3826 or

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