Bylaws Review Committee Update: Focus on Council

Council - Special News

Monday, 31 August 2009 12:25

By Michael Hoysic,
Bylaws Review Committee Member

If you survived the lengthy bylaws article in the August GreenLeaf, then you may be happy to see the Bylaws Review Committee’s monthly presentation continue here. If you found that article daunting because of its length, we hope our upcoming series of shorter articles will be more accessible and informative for all members. We will focus on a particular area of the bylaws each month to present more information about the identified bylaws items.

 This month’s focus is the Council itself, or Section 8 of our bylaws, which outlines the activities, responsibilities and election of GreenStar’s Board of Directors.

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Bylaws Review Committee Seeks Feedback

Council - Special News

Friday, 31 July 2009 15:34

GreenStar’s Bylaws Reviewed for First Time in Over Ten Years

By the Bylaws Review Committee

GreenStar members and other shoppers can readily see the changes made by managers and other staff in our stores’ appearance or day-to-day operations. Changes in our governing structure or procedures can be harder to perceive or even to understand, without a closer examination. Nevertheless, the impact of organizational or philosophical changes can be more profound on a long-term basis. For this reason, we hope members will pay attention to possible changes to the Co-op’s Bylaws, and will offer their feedback and ideas early in the process — well before the time when a Yes-No vote by the Membership will be required.

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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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