Weavers Way provides many opportunities for members to work cooperatively, exchange information, share ideas and have an impact on how the Co-op operates. Committees, as described in Article VII of the Weavers Way Bylaws “are formed to provide members with a way to participate actively and meaningfully in the life and mission of the Co-op, and are vital to the Co-op and its community.” Committees stage member events and workshops and contribute articles to the Shuttle, the monthly Co-op newspaper.
Jump to a Committee:
Some of our committees have standing meeting times; otherwise, check the Weavers Way events calendar. Committee chairs have mailboxes on the second floor of 559 Carpenter Lane.
Formed in the spring of 2018, the PRTF is a sub-committee of the Weavers Way Environment Committee. The Task Force investigates waste issues associated with the full life cycle of plastics, raises awareness about the effects of unregulated plastic production and advises the Co-op on ways to reduce single-use plastics in our operations.
- Chair: Alisa Shargorodsky
- Vice Chair: Stephanie Bruneau
- Staff Liaison: Bettina de Caumette
Contact the PRTF at email@example.com.
The Education Committee maintains a largely free continuing-education program related to the Co-op’s purpose and operations, enriching the cultural environment in the surrounding community.
- Committee Chair: Larry Schofer - firstname.lastname@example.org
- Staff Liaison: Bettina de Caumette - email@example.com
The Environment Committee researches environmental concerns and informs the Co-op and its members about current environmental issues. This committee develops green projects locally, monitors store-related environmental concerns and makes recommendations.
- Committee Chair: Sandy Folzer - firstname.lastname@example.org
- Staff Liaison: Steve Hebden - email@example.com
Regular meeting times: Second Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m., Community Room, 555 Carpenter Lane.
The Farm Committee lends critical support to our two farms. This committee provides extra help directly to our farm manager, Nina Berryman, and her hard-working staff, and also helps organize special events and volunteers at the farms.
- Committee Chair and Staff Liaison: Nina Berryman - firstname.lastname@example.org
The Finance Committee advises the board and staff about issues related to Co-op finances.
- Committee Chair: Chris Hill - email@example.com
Regular meeting times: Third Thursday of the month at 7:30 p.m., Community Room, 555 Carpenter Lane.
The Food Justice Committee works to alleviate hunger and advocates for fair food-production and food-distribution systems. This group studies how food insecurity directly affects our neighborhoods and examines ways to promote equal access to whole, natural foods. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the Weavers Way Food Justice Committee page.
- Interim Chair: Eric Borgstrom
- Administrator: Mimi Kahn
- Education & Programming Coordinator: Jeannine Kienzle
- Staff Liaison: Jeannine Kienzle
- Project Coordinator: Jon Scaffidi
Regular meeting times: First Wednesday of the month at 6 p.m., location TBA.
The Health & Wellness Committee is dedicated to exploring and educating the Co-op community on a wide variety of health resources and modalities. The committee includes, but is not limited to, professional practitioners of both conventional and natural or alternative disciplines, and welcomes anyone interested in physical, mental, spiritual and collective well-being.
- Committee Chair: Trudi Dixon - email@example.com
Regular meeting times: Every fourth Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.
The Leadership Committee identifies and encourages members to serve on the committees and the Board of Directors, and manages Board elections.
- Committee Chair: Designated Board member
- Staff Liaison: David Chaplin-Loebell - firstname.lastname@example.org
The Membership Committee provides support for the Membership Department in monitoring, maintaining and promoting our working member program, planning and executing General Membership Meetings, and other member engagement projects and programs.
- Committee Chair and Staff Liaison: Kirsten Bernal - email@example.com
The New Economy Incubator Committee will research, imagine, identify and incubate models for locally based, co-designed, cooperative and collaborative development in Germantown and other parts of Northwest Philadelphia. We hold out a vision of shared enterprise that can catalyze communities as community members take their economies into their own hands.
Objectives for the committee in the coming year:
- To launch FLAG, Free Loan Association for Germantown — writing its bylaws, selecting a Board, becoming a 501 (c)(3) organization, presenting the project to members of Weavers Way, soliciting donations for its revolving loan fund.
- To review and prioritize already-identified project possibilities, and to solicit input for new incubator projects, prioritizing those based in Northwest Philadelphia, especially Germantown.
- Founding Members: Chris Hill, Herb Levine, Peter Winslow, Susan Christian, Andy Trackman
Regular meeting times: Third Friday of the month at 9 a.m., Community Room, 555 Carpenter Lane.
Philadelphia Backyard Chickens acts as a resource for members who are interested in raising and keeping chickens. Members share experience and information, advocating for the legalization of raising and keeping backyard chickens in Philadelphia.
- Committee Chair: Maureen Breen
- Staff Liaison: Anton Goldschneider - firstname.lastname@example.org
The Co-op chess club meets every week in Mt. Airy for games, learning and competition.
- Club Leader: Al Pearson (US Chess Federation rated player) - email@example.com
Regular meeting times: Mondays at 7 p.m., 555 Carpenter Lane.