Dear Cooperators,

Several weeks ago, I announced that I would be leaving my position as general manager of the co-op. Since that time, the board has hired Patrick Doud to take my place. I have been working with and getting to know Patrick over the past month, and, in short, I can say with confidence that our co-op is in very capable hands.

Aside from being intelligent, thoughtful, and friendly, Patrick has a great respect for the value the co-op brings to our community, and he embraces the beautiful cooperative model just as we have been taught over the
last 10 years. I find this entirely reassuring. I might add that his playful sense of humor is not only fun, but is sure to keep him going through any tough spots!

Many co-ops across the country are looking for a general manager, but are struggling to find the right person. It is a challenging job in a competitive environment that requires a great deal of time and attention. Thanks to our diligent board and search committee, we found Patrick before anyone else did! I am so grateful that he came along. Please make a special point to welcome him the next time you’re in the store.

This message was primarily to serve as a farewell, but we all know I’ll be at the Co-op shopping and supporting it, daily. What I really want to convey is the tremendous gratitude I feel for having had the opportunity to play a role in the East Aurora Co-op since the beginning. I certainly could not have predicted the array of experiences I would gain by being part of this undertaking. The thing I value most is getting to know so many talented and generous people in the community, whether in East Aurora, the Southtowns or the broader co-op community. I made many supportive friends through volunteers and consultants, and I am 100 percent certain that the East Aurora Co-op would not exist were it not for them.

You have likely noticed the sign in the back of our store that reads: “Great Food, Great Friends.” It is by far my favorite element of the store, as nothing could sum up the vision of the co-op, and my experience here, more aptly.

Lastly and most importantly, I want to thank my husband, Fred, and my three daughters, Erin, Caroline and Elinor. Out of necessity, the Co-op often monopolized my time, which meant they ended up with the short end of the stick. I am grateful for their never-ending patience, love and support throughout this journey. Thank you so much, and go co-op!

Your friend in cooperation,