Sunday, 02 February 2014 16:00
By Joe Romano,
On Jan. 20, at Beverly J. Martin Elementary School, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Celebration Committee presented their annual luncheon, an event that recognizes the life and work of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This year's theme was "The Curse of Poverty Has No Justification." Kirby Edmonds, a Dorothy Cotton Institute senior fellow and program coordinator, presented the clear and inspiring keynote address, "How We Can Create a Socially Just Local Economy." Kirby cited specifics about poverty and the lack of opportunity in our community and offered simple ways we can all get involved.
Well-known for his work in the community, Kirby has collaborated for many years with staff, managers, and Council at GreenStar. The luncheon, which continues to be free and open to all, also featured performances by Trece, Cal Walker, and John Simon. GreenStar has always taken an active role in planning the event, as it coincides with our "A Day On, Not a Day Off" drive, which donates all of GreenStar's profits for the day to the planning committee.
This year's luncheon was organized by the Greater Ithaca Activities Center, Multicultural Resource Center, Center for Transformative Action, Cornell Public Service Center, SLECA and Cornell Dining, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County, GreenStar Cooperative Market, GreenStar Community Projects, Ithaca College Office of Student Engagement & Multicultural Affairs, and various community members.
By Dan Hoffman,
12th Moon, Kristen Kaplan, Eric Banford, Susan Beckley, Jessica Rossi and Mark Darling finished the counting in just under four hours.
412 Total valid envelopes
21 total invalid = 19- no ID, 1- first of two ballots, 1- no ballot in envelope
Also = 1- name tag, 5- 2 cent slips, 1- Member Labor Request and two wooden nickles.
Two thirds vote required to pass.
Q#1 = PASS
Q#2 = FAIL
Q#3 = PASS
Q#4 = PASS
Q#5 = PASS
Q#6 = PASS
GreenStar member-owners are the only ones who have the power to change the Co-op's bylaws, the organization's most basic and important document. There is an opportunity to do so (or not) during this month — at the Fall Member Meeting, at the stores, or by mail.
GreenStar's Council has established an ad hoc Bylaws Review Committee, which started meeting again earlier this year, after being inactive for at least two years. Council had referred a couple of issues to the committee, which identified several more on its own. In August, Council voted (unanimously, except in the case of #2, below) to send the committee's six recommended bylaws amendments to the membership for a YES or NO vote on each of the following questions:
1. Should the Co-op be allowed to use a withdrawing member's refundable equity contribution [which could be up to $90] to pay off any outstanding debt the member has to the Co-op (such as for bad checks)?
2. Should all Council candidates and members be required to satisfy any requirements associated with operational licenses maintained or sought by the Co-op (such as to sell or serve alcohol)?
3. Should Council be allowed to conduct closed executive sessions for two additional topics — possible litigation or contract negotiations?
4. Should the composition of Council's Immediacies Committee be changed to match that described in Council policy, and that of the Executive Planning Committee?
5. Should the use of gender-specific pronouns (such as "he" or "she") be eliminated in the bylaws?
6. Should three "clerical errors" made when the bylaws were amended in 2010 be officially corrected?
Much more information on the proposed amendments, including detailed explanations, pro and con statements and voting instructions, are available in the Fall Member Mailing, which all current members should receive in the mail by October 6. Members can vote up until close of business on Oct. 31 at either store, by mailing in the ballot from the Mailing, or in person at the Fall Member Meeting, on Friday, Oct. 16, at the Space.
By Alexis Alexander,
I have woken to a new day, a day when GreenStar's annual Member Meetings and pancakes are defined as pure elegance and inspiration. Surprised?
The morning after our Fall Member Meeting, I'm entranced by the experience of last night. I realize how far GreenStar has come over the years, and how integral and essential a partner we are in the wider regional food movement before us. Our roots as a buying club and grain store have matured into a multimillion-dollar community-ba...