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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 3, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 10 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Tuesday, December 3, 1974 -The Herald- Family Array of problems plague food co-op Electronic tools aid quadraplegics VANCOUVER (CP) Quadraplegics now are able to use electronic devices to per- form the many little tasks that have kept them almost totally dependent on other people using merely a flick of the tongue or a rub on the chin. "If you've ever been de- pendent on people to do things for you, there's a strong motivation right there to be says Andy Clark, managing director of the Canadian Paraplegic Association. And he says that PUBLIC BINGO 16 GAMES BLACKOUT Until Won) LETHBRIDGE ELKS LODGE ROOM EVERY p.m. by using electronic devices, a handicapped person has con- trol of his immediate environ- ment. Clark, a paraplegic without the use of his" legs, showed what he meant at a seminar on electronic control for the handicapped. Using only his chin, Clark rubbed a microphone-like sensing device, activating a signal that can turn on any of the appliances hooked into the master control board of the TOSC, short for touch- operated selector control. In short order, Clark turned on a radio, switched the chan- nel, started a dictating machine and showed how the unit could move an intercom and automatic door lock. An English group exhibited a typewriter that is activated by blowing and sucking on a tube. BINGO Lethbridge Fish Game Assoc. DIH U U at 8 JACKPOT IN 55 NUMBERS 3 4th 8th 10th in 7 Numtwrs GOLD CARDS PAY DOUBLE FREE CARDS EAGLES HALL, 13th STREET N. FREE GAMF-S No Children Under 16 By LYNNE VAN LUVEN Herald Family Editor It takes true grit to beat today's ever-escalating food costs. You have to grit your teeth and keep on trying for bargains, some people insist. You might even come up with some grits a coarse, un- refined but naturally healthy form of oatmeal. All of which may partially explain why the economy-minded members of Lethbridge's only incor-' porated food co-operative call themselves the 'River City Grits Food Co-op'. Organized for the past six months, the food co-operative has lived through what members readily admit has been a "checkered past." "We're still viable, but we're not really Beckie Holand and Bryan Huston frankly agree. Both, have been involved with the food co-operative since its in- ception and, like many of the members, have worked in co- ops elsewhere. "We cannot offer our members many benefits because we cannot really ex- pand our operation until we obtain retail says Mr. Huston. The food co-operative's original application for a retail license was refused by the Municipal Planning Com- mission, but co-op members are determined to approach the city a second time, in the very near future. "The MCP 'didn't quite know how to classify says Mr. Huston. "We were distributing our foodstuffs from a private home located in a commercial zone. We didn't quite fit in anywhere." "If we get a retail license, some of our major troubles will be he adds. "We'll be able to order an increased variety of foods and have more merchandise to offer members." Now the co-op obtains most of its foodstuffs by placing bulk orders with local firms such as Ellison Milling and the cheese factory at Coaldale. Ordering wholesale from more distant points is often "more trouble than it's worth" because members cannot take advantage of special deals and bulk buying. According to Mr. Huston and Ms. Holand, organizing and operating the food co-op was an up-and-down proposi- tion right from the beginning. "We were told we really couldn't do anything worthwhile unless we became recalls Ms. Holand who, since she was in- terviewed has resigned as food co-op chairperson. "After a two-month wait for our application to be processed, we were recogniz- ed under the Co-operative Associations Act, ad- ministered by the department of agriculture. Food co-op members main- tain the department was singularly un-helpful when it came to offering resource persons or information to aid their organization. Secondly, the food co-op is operating without revenue its only 'income' is J5 in membership fees from each of the 22 families it hopes to continue serving. Thus the co- op cannot afford to rent facilities and must operate 'out of donated premises at present, Ms. Holand's living room. Because the co-op has no capital with which to deal, members cannot take advan- tage of special deals on food- stuffs or order staples in huge quantities and save on overall costs. "What we really need is a donated premise somewhere for one or two days a month Facts to consider if starting co-op Aside from the hard work and philosophical commitment required by food co-operative membership, it's wise to keep in mind a few practical facts before you jump with both feet into organizing your own co-op. To launch a small, initial operation involving a dozen families in a medium-sized community, consider the following: wholesale suppliers in the region, days they are open; size of shopping vehicle, how to handle payment of gas, parking; duplicating your order sheet, either a mimeograph or copier machine; whether to recycle egg cartons and bags, or pay for new ones with each order; how best to sell surplus food, and at what mark-up; distribution point it should be large enough, unaffected by weather, easily mopped up and well-lit; weekly, biweekly or monthly cycle; how often to libt each item. Staples should appear each time, but storable foods like dried beans or onions might show up less often; complete written description of buying cycle, explaining full responsibilities of each job, once the system is functioning. only, as distribution point when we get food orders says Mr. Huston. The third and most crippl- ing problem encountered by the River City Grits is a un- iversal difficulty which befalls most co-operative ef- forts: finding willing workers who'll stick with the project. "Members think a food co- op sounds like a great says Ms. Holand, who as co-op chairperson wound up doing a good deal of the phoning and fetching for the group, "but they don't realize how much paper work, telephoning and running around is involved. Some people just aren't will- ing to keep up their end of the bargain by volunteering time and work in return for the savings on their food." "Most of us are still too affluent to really want to put in all the work necessary to make a food co-op adds Mr. Huston. "We'd just rather have the convenience of shopping at large super- market chains, even though such food may cost more." Because the Lethbridge food co-op must operate on such a small scale and because shipping costs for items ordered from Van- couver or Edmonton drive up the price for foodstuffs, some members say they don't real- ly save much on grocery costs despite their co-operative af- filiation. DHANCE Girls' Jackets "Wet Look" nylon cire, with pile lined body and hood. Made in Canada. These attractive jackets come in colors of Red or Blue. Sizes 4 to 6x. EACH Girls' 2-piece Ski Suits 100% nylon cire quilt with sharp pile trim on collar and cuffs. Nylon lining and made in Canada. Colors of Red or Blue. Sizes 4 to 6x. Ladies' Juniors Dressy Coats Crushed velvet, wools, and tweeds to choose from in a selection of smart looking styles. Choose from a broken size range. EACH Dressy Coats Womens size coats in a genuine Borg fabric that is made in.Canada for extra warmth during our winters. 4 only. EACH Assortment of Teens' Coats and Jackets Good selection of plain, plaid and im- itation leather. Broken size range. Sizes 10 to 14x. Red, brown, navy. and up Girls' Coat Clearance Choose from the Suede look or Leather look. Hooded style and made in Canada. Sizes 7 to 14. SET Ladies' Shirt Jackets The popular jac shirt made of 60% wool and 32% acrylic. Choose from a good as- sortment of plaids in sizes S.M.L. EACH Each cofOP J! Ladies' Pant Coals A good selection of coats featuring imitation leathers, wool, acrylic in as- sorted plain colors. Broken size range in each style, including 10 to 16. EACH cor LADIES' PANT COATS 100% nylon coats with a warm quilted lining. Complete with a hood for extra protection in cold weather. Colors of navy, red and blue. Sizes 8 to 18. EACH in Canad fur a DFPARTMtNT STORFS i Division Of r xnoiMOHTH co tro WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO LIMIT QUANTITIES College Shopping Mall 2025 Mayor Magrath Drive Monday, Tuesday Wednesday a.m. to p.m. Thursday ft Friday a.m. to p.m. Saturday a.m. to p.m. mwnicciNKK! SATISFACTION GUARANTEED "It really doesn't pay us to admits one member. "The amount of work involved exceeds any savings, but we're just hanging in there for ideological reasons." Essentially, most food co- ops members band together out of a basic conviction that "there must be a way to get basic foods cheaper." They think they can beat some of the distribution systems and attending costs through bulk buying, says Ms. Holand. She points out that any savings going to co-op members are rapidly diminishing as suppliers' costs increase nearly every subsequent order is placed. The River City Grits have divided their co-operative into seven collectives, each of which appoints a person to handle such tasks as placing orders and distributing foods for its members. "I think people will go on trying to organize food co-ops, even more so in the future as prices get says Ms. Holand, "But even if they are less naive than we were and have a hard-working membership, their co- operative won't have much future unless they have power in capital and a spokesman to represent their interests with the government." Community calendar Friendship Lodge will hold their regular meeting on Wednesday at 8 p.m. in the IOOF Hall. The officers will be hostess to a special lunch and there will be an exchange of Christmas gifts. The next meeting of the dis- abled on the move will be held Tuesday at p.m. in the patients' lounge of the Aux- iliary Hospital. Everyone welcome. The Lethbridge and District Humane Society will hold a general meeting on Wednes- day at p.m. at Bethlen Presbyterian Church Hall. All interested persons and members urged to attend. There will be a Christian Science testimony meeting on Wednesday at p.m. in the church auditorium, 1203 4th Ave. S. All are cordially in- vited to attend. The Ladies aid of St. Peter and St. Paul's Greek Catholic Church will meet Tuesday at 8 p.m. in the parish hall. Hostesses will be Ann Peta and Ann Szabo. St. Patrick's CWL will hold their general meeting and Christmas party on Wednes- day at 8 p.m. in the rectory hall. Everyone is reminded of the gift exchange. HELP US TO HELP OTHERS! The Salvation Army Welfare Services Need Clothing, Furniture, Toys, Household Effects CALL 328-2860 FOR PICK-UP SERVICE or LEAVE AT 412 AVE. S. LOYAL ORDER OF MOOSE 1234-3rd Ave. North REGULAR WED. NIGHT BINGO 8 P.M. 25 GAMES DOUBLE MONEY CARDS MANY EXTRAS This Week's Jackpot in 55 Numbers 5 CARDS SI CARDS PAY DOUBLE DOOR PRIZE We one under 16 years allowed to play1 LEGION BINGO EVERY WEDNESDAY at 8 P.M. JACKPOT BLACKOUT IN 56 NUMBERS OR LtSs number until won) 1st GAME JACKPOT Stti GAME (X) 10th GAME JACKPOT IN 51 NUMBERS FMH BUS SBMVICI KOMI AFTBB SINOO MEMORIAL HALL PUBLIC MEMBERS AND GUESTS NORMANDY LOUNGE CHILDREN UNDER 16 NOT ALLOWED Sponsored by Ladies' Auxiliary to Canadian Legion ELRANCHO HAIR STYLES (Located in the El Rancho Motor Hotel) NOW OPEN LADIES' and MEN'S HAIR STYLES Perm Si TUES., WED., THURS. FOR THE MONTH OF DECEMBER KAY MCLEAN Owner Operator Phone 327-1904 CAROLJONES Operator ;