Thursday, 01 January 2015 16:21
By Dan Hoffman,
Governance Committee Chair
That's the opportunity coming up soon for GreenStar members, as the Co-op prepares for its 34th annual Council election, in April. To appear on the ballot, a candidate must submit a written Declaration of Candidacy by March 1. Now is the time to start thinking about whether running for and serving on Council would be the right thing for you (or someone you know) to do.
There are 15 seats on Council, and the staggered terms of elected directors are normally three years, so at least five seats are open each year for incumbents or newcomers to vie for. Because of an unusually high number of resignations (five) from Council Members since the 2014 election, a whopping nine (!) seats will be filled in this year's election. The only time there were more seats to be filled since Council was created was in 2010, when 10 slots were available. This year, the top five vote-getters will win three-year terms, while the next four will earn one-year terms.
Monday, 01 December 2014 01:21
By Joe Romano,
Sticks in a bundle are unbreakable.
— Kenyan proverbWhen you look up commonality in the Oxford Dictionary, it provides a simple and sole definition: "1. The state of sharing features or attributes." The definition is followed by this use in a sentence: "A commonality of interest ensures cooperation."
Finding the word cooperation in this brief thirteen-word entry seemed odd, because the purpose for my seeking the definition in the first place was to support the idea that there exists a commonality between Kwanzaa and cooperation.
Kwanzaa's Nguzo Saba, or seven principles of African Heritage, and the seven principles of cooperation that guide us at GreenStar certainly seem to share features and attributes. Do Kwanzaa and cooperation have a commonality of interest that would ensure cooperation between them? That they each hold seven principles as the foundation of their philosophy is a promising start.
Sunday, 02 November 2014 02:12
By Joe Romano,
— Henry Van Dyke
We're rolling into that part of the year when Thanksgiving arrives, with its festive overtones and deeply misunderstood history. Most of us know that there are problems with the holiday as it's currently celebrated, so why not update the festivities?
Everyone enjoys a good meal and getting together with friends, neighbors, and family. And most of us have much to be thankful for. Since Americans have already built a perfectly good holiday season, and because this is one of the better events in it — you can, after all, eat and fall asleep without buying a single present — maybe we should keep it around ... with a few updates.
The name, Thanksgiving, is fine. A day to actually celebrate gratitude would be a great holiday, even for those among us who suffer trying circumstances in their lives. As a youth, for example, Alice Walker had less to be thankful for than many others did. The daughter of sharecroppers, her mother worked as a maid to help support the eight children in her family. She had what most Americans would call an underprivileged upbringing. When she was 8, she was shot in the eye with a BB pellet. The serious injury left her quite self-conscious of the scar on her face. She wanted nothing more than to be able to hide from the world, which, in her mind, was that of a young, disfigured black girl in the racially divided South of the 1950s. After all, what could she have to be thankful for? Instead of building hate or resentment, she managed to write words of gratitude: "'Thank you' is the best prayer that anyone could say. I say that one a lot. Thank you expresses extreme gratitude, humility, understanding."
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By Alexis Alexander,
In October, member-owners have the opportunity to vote on six bylaws changes being proposed by Council. GreenStar's bylaws, the rules that govern the internal management of the Co-op, were originally established when GreenStar was incorporated. According to our bylaws, one of the essential rights of member-owners is the ability to vote on the creation and changes to the bylaws and missio...