Council Election and Referendum Results: 4 Win Council Seats-Referendum Defeated

Council - Special News

Thursday, 04 June 2009 15:14


By Dan Hoffman, 

Council Vice President

GreenStar members had an opportunity to vote in April.  Some did, and they elected four unopposed candidates to Council, and narrowly turned down a referendum proposal to mandate “equal time, equal resources” for both points of view on issues subjected to a Membership vote. Total turnout was quite low — 232 member-owners cast valid ballots in the referendum, 206 in the Council election. The Co-op has about 6,000 active members.

As a result of a couple of resignations, seven out of 15 seats on Council were to be filled in this election.  However, only four candidates announced in time to get on the ballot (i.e., by March 1).  Meanwhile, Council modified its Election Policy this year, to stipulate that a write-in candidate would be “qualified” (to be elected) only if s/he publicly announced before voting began on April 1. Because no such write-in candidates declared their candidacy, none could be elected, meaning the four candidates on the ballot were completely unopposed (although about a dozen members cast write-in votes anyway).  Thus, all four declared candidates were elected — to full, three-year terms, receiving between 156 and 177 votes.  Congratulations to Gary Fine, Jan Rhodes Norman and David Scovronick (all of whom are continuing on Council) and to newcomer Mark Lenzenweger (who will take his Council seat in June).  Mark replaces Claudia Stoscheck, who decided not to run for re-election, after serving since 2006 and steering Council’s Personnel Committee through an especially challenging time, much of which was spent without a General Manager.

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Co-op Membership Gives More than Just a Discount

Council - Council News

Friday, 31 October 2008 11:23

By Eric 12th Moon,
Councilmember and Membership Committee Chair

As I have talked with and listened to many of our member-owners and shoppers over the last few years, I have often heard it said that membership at GreenStar means that you get a two percent discount at the register, so if you spend $500 in a year you recover the cost of your $10 yearly membership fee.

Is that all? Is that it?

We get a lot more as member-owners of our local co-op than that.

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Council Recommends Bylaws Changes

Council - Special News

Wednesday, 01 October 2008 09:14

By Art Godin,
Council Treasurer

Between Oct. 15 and Nov. 15, members will be asked to vote on the adoption of bylaws changes to permit 1) the institution of a patronage refund system, and 2) the refundability of member capital contributions.  Some GreenStar Councilmembers, myself among them, think these are among the most important policy changes that have ever come before the membership for a vote.

During the past seven months, GreenStar’s Council and staff have worked hard to explain the proposed changes to members.  The proposed patronage refund system was the focus of a lively discussion at the Spring Member Meeting.  Several articles have been written for GreenLeaf, the most recent addressing questions raised at that Spring meeting.  Brochures are being circulated, Council and staff have been tabling at the store and open member forums to discuss the proposed system are being held.

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New Look for Co-op Approved by Council

Council - Special News

Thursday, 03 July 2008 12:37

By Joe Romano,
Marketing Manager

At its June 10 meeting, GreenStar’s Council approved a new logo for our co-op.  In an 8 to 3 vote, the board gave their support to a logo developed by GreenStar’s  marketing staff, which relied heavily on staff input, surveys of members, focus groups  and consultation with the National Cooperative Grocers Association (NCGA), the national co-op community and a local design team.


Today our co-op is known as GreenStar, but, in the late 1970s, there was only the Ithaca Real Food Co-op, made up of two parts—a store that carried grains and other non-perishables, and a pre-order system for perishable items.  At that time, the Co-op used a hand-drawn logo of an ear of corn and a sheaf of grain holding hands.

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Referendum Upholds Ban on Chinese Goods, Write-Ins Win 5 of 7 Council Seats

Council - Council News

Saturday, 31 May 2008 19:00

By Dan Hoffman,
Council President

The Membership Referendum that took place in April drew a small turnout, but by a three to one  margin rejected allowing goods from the Peoples Republic of China (PRC) to be sold at GreenStar—albeit with certain exceptions.  At the same time, members chose seven people for open seats on the Co-op’s Council (Board of Directors), including the two candidates whose names appeared on the ballot and five write-ins. 

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