Hello foodies of the mindful kind. My mind is still a little bit fuzzy from last nights outings so you'll have to forgive my bleary introduction to the bulletin. This week there are lots for bits & bites on ways to get involved so make a New Semester Resolution and start racking up those volunteer discounts!
Access to Thoughtful Foods this Thursday (Foundation Day)
This Thursday the Roundhouse will be hosting the Foundation Day party. We've been told that a thoroughfare will be kept open between the Roundhouse and Squarehouse but, if for some reason you can't get through to Thoughtful Foods from that direction on the day, there is an alternate route: walk up to the Law Building, and around the outside of the Roundhouse and International House. You'll pass the gym, and find T-Foods on the left, at the back of the Roundhouse.
Training Day - This Sunday
We are running our training day next Sunday, August 2, from 10am to 6pm. It is intended as a training session for new and existing coordinators but it is open to all members. We will be discussing roles and principles within Thoughtful Foods, demonstrating advanced register 'features', how to close and open the shop, and how all the IT stuff works. Between sections we will be running games, socialising and taking breaks for food and tea. It's a great opportunity for you to find out more about how your food cooperative works behind the scenes! It will be held in the ARC building, the opposite side of the Roundhouse to Thoughtful foods, and we ask that everyone arrive at 9.30am so we can start on time.
If you would like to come along, please RSVP to Andrew (email@example.com) by Wednesday so we have an idea about numbers and can organise catering. Also use that email address if you have any questions about the day.
Training Sessions in Semester 2
At last week's meeting we decided on the official time for training sessions in semester 2. These will run for an hour and start at 11am and 2.30pm Tuesday and Wednesday only. If you've never volunteered in the shop before, it is best for you to attend one of these sessions, but if the times are not good for you please discuss an alternate training time with a coordinator.
Last Thursday I gave (very) brief training to our new roster person. From now on Sujata will be fixing up the blackboard every Thursday afternoon and updating the roster which is viewable on the website. In addition to this she has (tentatively) agreed to give you, dear bulletin readers, weekly updates on our shop volunteer needs, and hopefully talk you all into helping out and (very helpful for us!) writing your name down on the roster board.
This week we have only one name down on the roster. This is not good! It is likely, of course, that we will have some volunteers dropping by to help out at some stage but knowing beforehand who will be around and when is highly preferable as we can better plan our workload through the day, so please write your name on the blackboard if you have some idea about your future volunteer shifts.
And finally, if you do have any time to spare this week, please come by and volunteer. It's fun and it earns you a discount!
Gardening is on the agenda. From 10am to 1pm every Tuesday (this semester) come down to the co-op and have fun getting your hands dirty. This week we'll be getting into the worm farm. So if you're interested in starting your own worm farm or just interested to seeing our wiggling friends this might be a good place to start.
Food Co-op Meeting
4:30pm - every Monday - Training Room 1, Blockhouse (enter at Arc Reception)
Want to help out with the running of the co-op? Come along and be part of our collective decision-making.
P.S. this counts for your volunteer discount.
Still no yoga. Stay tuned!
Place egg orders before Tuesday and pay for them when you pick them up. If you can't make it into the shop to place your order, you can email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Eggs are $3.60 per dozen and may receive a member or volunteer discount.
Please get all orders in by midday on Wednesday. All order must be paid for in advance - money placed inside order form.
Boxes can be picked up between 2pm and 5pm on Thursday. If you can not get your box before 5pm, please call the shop on 9385 6097. If you have any questions about the process, please email email@example.com or speak to a volunteer in the shop during opening hours. Bread Bread arrives on Thursday morning and must be picked up that day before 5pm. Place orders (and pay in advance) by the end of the previous Thursday. Orders must include your membership number. Please talk to a volunteer in the shop if you'd like to place an order. If you'd like to see a price list, please see the bread page on our website (http://thoughtfulfoods.org.au/bread).
Native Plants: From Garden to Table
Create a beautiful garden that is easy to maintain, requires only minimal watering, encourages birds and other native wildlife back into the city and reduces the strain on the environment. The use of all featured plants as bush tucker will be explored with taste testing on the menu.
It's FREE on Tuesday 6:30 to 8:30pm for 1 Session of 2.00 hrs , starts 08 Sep 2009, Waverley Council Chambers.
More info: http://www.escc.nsw.edu.au/cgi-bin/WebObjects/East.woa/wa/subCategory.shtml?ID=76
Ethical living and choices: towards a future sustainable Sydney
Join one of Australia's most influential thinkers Professor Peter Singer for a compelling talk on the ethics and practicalities of living sustainably.
As Professor of Bioethics at Princeton University and Laureate Professor at Melbourne University, Peter Singer's opinions have profoundly challenged the way people think about what they consume and how.
Sydney residents are increasingly demanding opportunities to green their own lives and communities. Peter brings his acclaimed intellect to bear on why this is and the ethics of living sustainably.
In a world where 20% of the population uses over 80% of the resources, the benefits of making ethical choices are undeniable.
"The decisions people make every day about how and what they consume are increasingly coming under the spotlight as we embrace sustainable living," said Lord Mayor Clover Moore MP.
"From growing food in community gardens, to using renewable energies and cycling to and from work; people are realising that the choices they make have a real impact on the world around them."
A panel discussion involving Professor Peter Singer, Lord Mayor Clover Moore MP, restaurateur Kylie Kwong,Managing Director of Rise Up,Bronwyn Darlington and Bernard Carlon, Divisional Director Sustainability Programs at the Department of Environment and Climate Change will directly follow the talk. It promises to be an informative discussion on what this all means for you and the choices you make every day.
DATE: Tuesday 4 August 2009
TIME: 6.30pm - 8.00pm
VENUE: State Theatre, 49 Market Street, Sydney
TRANSPORT: Rail: St James & Town Hall
Bus: Castlereagh, Elizabeth, George & York Streets
Bike: Free bike parking located at Hyde Park North 6pm - 9.30pm
Tickets are FREE and ESSENTIAL and available from Ticketmaster on 136 100 or www.ticketmaster.com.au
Media Contact: Maya Catsanis 02 9265 9553, 0409 045 425.
City of Sydney and Planet Ark’s Tree Planting Day
The City of Sydney and Planet Ark invite you to come along to Sydney Park and help make a positive difference to our environment by planting a tree on National Tree Day.
There will be a Live Native Animal Show, a ‘meet and greet’ with Fifi and the Flowertots, worm farming demonstrations, environmental stalls, a free BBQ for the first 500 participants and lots of tree planting!
Tools will be provided, but don't forget your gloves!
When: 11:00am – 1:30pm, Sunday 2 August
Where: Sydney Park, near Barwon Park Rd