President Jim opened the meeting on time. 

Grace, offered by Roy, was in memory of Jim Gilles, president in 89-90 and Oreste Valsangiacomo, a long time member of the club.  Both gentlemen passed away this week. 

Claire, and my notes aren't sufficient to describe what she said about colors brought on a fine by Bob Pope who reminded her she wasn't President anymore, although she may consider herself the Boss.  The fine passed.

President Jim announced that the Charities Budget meeting is set for Thursday, September 13th, 5:30 PM, at the Community National Bank.

Tom Babic gave a happy dollar....47th wedding anniversary.

Claire introduced Karen Lauzon and Hillary Schwoegler, representatives from the Granite City COOP.

There is an effort to have a COOP grocery store in City Place.  They are raising $15,000, have applied for $12,000 in grants, and have a $57,000 start up budget in place.

So far, they have raised $6195 from 60 people, and they need 600 members.  They are asking for $150.00 pledges to help with the start up and $200 for memberships.  Members will receive discounts and other benefits.  City Place is hoping to break ground in November 2012, and the coop has one year to be ready to open a store,

A outreach meeting was scheduled for Thursday evening.  

The Coop is planning to fill 8000 square feet at City Place.  It will include a cafe, have about 30-40 employees, and will operate from 7:00 am to 10 PM.  They hope to offer all types of foods, including ethic choices and prepared foods.

They plan to have consultants work with the startup and operation.

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