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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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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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