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People's Annual Meeting

The People's Annual Meeting is an opportunity for Member-Owners to hear about how the Co-op is doing. This year, that will include everything from department reports to updates on the long-term planning process, from hearing updates from the Board of Directors to a key note speaker. 


St. David of Wales Church, Parish Hall

2800 SE Harrison St, Portland, OR 97214

We will have childcare available!


  • 9:45-10:25am: Welcome, Registration, VOTE! & Light Breakfast
  • 10:30-11am: Reports from the Board and Collective Management
  • 11-11:30am: Long-term Planning Updates
  • 11:30am-12pm: Member-Owner Table Talks
  • 12-1:15pm: Buffet-style Lunch
  • 1:15-2pm: Keynote Speaker Phyllis Robinson of Equal Exchange

About the Keynote speaker

Phyllis Robinson is the Education and Campaigns Manager at Equal Exchange, a worker-owned, Alternative Trade co-operative selling coffee, tea, chocolate, bananas, dried fruit and nuts from small farmer co-operatives throughout the world. She began working at Equal Exchange in 2002 as Producer Relations Coordinator and since that time has coordinated many initiatives to support small farmer co-operatives and to educate and engage U.S. consumers about Equal Exchange’s Authentic Fair Trade model.  She manages the Small Farmer Big Change blog, co-coordinated the Principle Six Co-operative Trade Movement, and has led educational delegations to visit the farmers, organized farmer tours in the U.S., and raised funds for environmental, community development, and emergency aid projects at the farmer co-ops.  For the past five years, Phyllis has also been responsible for purchasing small farmer dried fruits and nuts and has worked to develop Equal Exchange’s Central American small farmer cashew supply chain. She has served on the Board of Equal Exchange and the Small Producer Symbol (SPP) certification system.  


Wambui Machua, owner of Spice of Africa Catering, immigrated to Portland from Kenya. She started Spice of Africa to share her culture with others. As Chef and Owner, she cooks up delicious African recipes using organic and all natural products. Lunch is vegan, soy-, gluten-, and corn-free.   

The menu

Earlier Event: July 15
Petite-Sized Clothing Exchange
Later Event: July 17
Member-Owner Yoga