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Fall Meeting Highlights Co-ops Worldwide Effects

Council - Special News

Sunday, 06 December 2009 16:28

By Kristie Snyder,

GreenLeaf Editor

Talk of the economy continues to flip-flop — green shoots here, job losses there — but one thing is certain, member-owners learned at GreenStar’s fall member meeting on Oct. 22 — GreenStar is doing fine. It shouldn’t be a surprise, as, speaker Adam Schwartz of the National Cooperative Business Association (NCBA) explained, GreenStar is part of a world-wide, economically-sustainable movement — the cooperative model.

GreenStar member-owners gathered at the Women’s Community Building to share a meal, get updated on the state of the co-op and hear Schwartz speak on the wider role that co-ops play across the globe. Council President 12th Moon kicked off the meeting with an invitation to member-owners to become more involved in their co-op, noting that several committees and Council itself are in need of members.

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Bylaws Update: Council and Membership Authority

Council - Special News

Sunday, 06 December 2009 16:22

By Michael Hoysic,
Bylaws Review Committee Member

Before I present this month’s bylaws topics, I want to remind all of our faithful readers (you are numerous I am sure) that, as the Bylaws Review Committee works through the bylaws review process and makes monthly presentations in GreenLeaf, we are looking for feedback about the possible changes to our bylaws. We are expecting to have a membership vote in 2010 on proposed bylaws changes. Your feedback now will allow us to proceed with a sense of direction from member-owners. Note the contact information at the end of this article and please exercise your opportunity for influence.

In the November GreenLeaf article we touched on some aspects of the membership’s authority, especially as related to establishing the conditions of membership. This month we look at Sections 7 and 8 of the bylaws and the other types of authority that the Membership and Council currently have, and any overlaps or tension in their respective authority. 

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BRC Update: Conditions of Membership and Notification

Council - Special News

Sunday, 01 November 2009 17:31

By Michael Hoysic,

Bylaws Review Committee Member

The Bylaws Review Committee continues our monthly presentation with two more areas of our bylaws that are under consideration for possible change: Conditions of Membership and Notices to Members, which are addressed in Sections 5, 6 and 7 of the bylaws. 

GreenStar exists to benefit our membership. The bylaws establish the terms and conditions of co-op membership. Sections 5, 6 and 7 address the various aspects of the membership relationship.

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Bylaws Review Committee Update: Member Initiatives

Council - Special News

Tuesday, 06 October 2009 15:34

By Michael Hoysic, 

Bylaws Review Committee Member

The Bylaws Review Committee’s monthly presentation continues here with two more areas of our bylaws that are under consideration for possible change — signature thresholds for member actions or initiatives, and referendums and bylaws amendments.

Fundamental to our cooperative is the ability of member-owners to participate in decisions and influence change. The bylaws stipulate in a few different places that a minimum threshold of 40 member signatures is required to bring a member action forward. In Section 6 of the bylaws, Membership Rights and Authority, a member petition to include an item on the agenda of a Membership Meeting requires this threshold. In Section 7, Membership Meetings, a meeting quorum and a member petition to hold a Special Membership Meeting require this threshold. In Section 13 on Referendums, and Section 14 on the bylaws, a member petition to initiate a referendum and member proposals to alter the bylaws also require this threshold.

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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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