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Council Approves Stores Budget; Approves 
Final Policy Governance Policy

Council - Council News

Sunday, 05 January 2014 11:02

By 12th Moon,
Council President

11-5-12thMoon-72dpiWith winter upon us, Council met in the convenient new Classrooms @ GreenStar on Tuesday, Dec. 17, with nine of our fifteen members, five visitors, and various staff members in attendance. We made one amendment to our agenda, for the sake of our visitors: we moved an Executive Session item to the end of the meeting, so that we wouldn't have to ask anyone to step out into the cold unnecessarily.

Our first business item came from Brandon Kane, our General Manager (GM): the GM's monthly report. Brandon expressed how busy the stores get during the holiday season and how much anticipation there is for all of the changes the Co-op will see in 2014. Brandon asked us to come to the first Winter Farmers Market, on Saturday, Jan. 11, to see the newly renovated Community Room, formerly known as The Space. He expects both the Community Room and the Central Kitchen to be ready for occupancy in February. He also reported that plans are being made for renovations to the Classrooms, formerly the Enterprise car rental facility, and at both stores. Brandon also reported that member-owners have been expressing appreciation for the new U-Pick 10% discount day of your choice, a switch away from the hectic and crowded 10% on the 10th sales day.

Our next item came from the Finance Committee, a Report Back on the GM's B.1 3rd Quarter Financial Report, which the committee unanimously recommended that Council accept (we did). We then received the GM's B.1 3rd Quarter Financial Monitoring Report, which we found to be timely, complete, and showing compliance with all pertinent policies and sub-policies.

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Final Policy Governance Policy

 

Give Back to your Co-op — 
Run for Council!

Council - Special News

Thursday, 02 January 2014 21:17

By Colin Meeks, 
Council Member

12-12 Collins MeeksWe all love our Co-op, but have you ever found yourself wishing it could be a little different? Are there areas where you think we could improve or be more effective, or other directions you think we should be moving in? Well, now is a good time to stand up and make your voice heard. GreenStar will conduct its annual Council election this spring, which provides an opportunity for you to get involved on a whole different level.

Every year, GreenStar member-owners elect at least five people (more if there are vacancies to fill) to serve on Council. The only requirement is to be a member-owner in good standing (being current on your equity payments and not having violated the Standards of Conduct). You also need a desire to make your Co-op and community a better place and the time and inclination to do so. Each month, the time commitment includes one Council meeting (on the second Tuesday, at 6:30 pm) for three hours, at least one active committee meeting for two hours, and the time to prepare for these meetings. In addition, there are periodic Membership Meetings, trainings, tabling, and special events. A full Council term is three years; those elected to fill vacancies may win terms of one or two years.

In exchange for your service, you are rewarded with a super-worker discount (17.5% off delicious, healthy food and other groceries!), a modest monetary stipend ($600/year) and, most important, the knowledge that you are helping GreenStar to remain the amazing community resource we all rely upon.

Read more: Give Back to your Co-op — 
Run for Council!

Council Approves Matching Funds for GSCP; Certifies Equity Refund Vote Results

Council - Council News

Sunday, 01 December 2013 21:24

By 12th Moon, 

Council President

11-5-12thMoon-72dpiUtilizing our newly designated classroom space, in the former Enterprise car rental building, Council held its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 12 with all fifteen members in attendance. We quickly moved to the first business item on our agenda, the General Manager's (GM's) monthly report. GM Brandon Kane reported that staff are busy constructing next year's stores budget as they prepare for the holiday season. Both the budget structure and operational monitoring procedures are being updated to accommodate our soon-to-be-functional central kitchen and bakery, as well as our renovated Space @ GreenStar. With the bakery vacating the Oasis store and the West-End classroom having moved across the street, plans are being made for the renovations of those two areas. Meanwhile, construction continues on schedule for the kitchen and community spaces in the warehouse building. We are still anticipating that the Space will be ready for the Winter Farmers Market in January, and the kitchen/bakery will be ready for occupancy in February.

Brandon also told us that products certified by the Non-GMO project at both Oasis and the West End have now been labeled. This is an ongoing project as more products become certified. "How Good" labeling has been delayed by a few weeks as we discovered a formatting error on the tags when we began to place them on our shelves.

Brandon next submitted the GM's B.1 3rd Quarter Financial Report, which was referred to our Finance Committee for a report back next month. Our next item was a report back on the GM's Compensation Report. It was found to be complete and submitted on time, and shows our commitment to our employees' benefits.

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Council Approves 2014 Council Budget; 
Appoints Member to Serve on GSCP Board

Council - Council News

Friday, 01 November 2013 14:18

By 12th Moon,

Council President

11-5-12thMoon-72dpiCouncil held its monthly meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 8 at the "Just Be Cause" Not-for-Profit Development Center at 1013 West MLK/State Street. We're hoping that our meetings will be held on GreenStar property in the future, as Enterprise Rent-a-Car moved to their new location in mid-October, allowing us to transform that building into meeting and classroom space.

General Manager (GM) Brandon Kane presented his monthly GM report as our first item. Brandon informed us of the plans to renovate the former Enterprise building and that the Central Bakery/Kitchen and adjacent community room project are on schedule. The community room should be completed in time for the Winter Farmers Market starting in January and the Bakery/Kitchen should be ready to move into by February. Brandon also told us that the Co-op's Managers and Assistant Managers are preparing to implement Open Book Management (OBM) at GreenStar for 2014. The basic idea behind OBM is to have departments look closely at their contribution to our co-op's success on a regular basis and with a large degree of investment in the outcomes. This kind of staff-driven department management has been gaining momentum in the co-op network on a national level.

Brandon also told us that shelf tags from the Non-GMO project are in place at both stores, and the addition of the How Good shelf tags, as well as a kiosk at the West-End store, is progressing. In addition to the kiosk, which provides additional information on product ratings, there is a downloadable app for smart phones that provides access to the same information.

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Appoints Member to Serve on GSCP Board

Council Finalizes Wording of Bylaws Change for Membership Vote; Cast Your Vote this Month

Council - Council News

Tuesday, 01 October 2013 21:37

By 12th Moon,
Council President 

11-5-12thMoon-72dpiCouncil met at the Human Services Building at 320 West MLK/State St. on Sept. 17, the third Tuesday of the month, because the 10% on the 10th sales day fell on the second Tuesday in September. Our General Manager (GM) Brandon Kane was in Seattle at a national co-op GM conference, so Sara Paulison, Operations Manager, presented Brandon's monthly GM report. We learned that the construction projects at our warehouse property were on schedule and that the Enterprise rental staff plan to move into their new location by mid-October, so we'll be able to use that building for classes and meetings by November. Our newly renovated public gathering area at the north end of the warehouse building should be completed in time for the Winter Farmers Market in January; the central kitchen and bakery should be ready for occupancy by February. With help from P.J. Hoffman, the Business Development Director for the National Cooperative Grocers Association, staff will develop an expansion plan for both the West End and Oasis that will capitalize on the space and capacity gained by the central kitchen/bakery project. The improvements at both stores will happen in early to mid 2014 and are being incorporated into the proposed budget for next year, a year that will also see a living wage increase from $10.70/hr. to $11.80/hr. Brandon also reported that starting in January of 2014 he will institute Open Book Management, a way of involving staff in the Co-op's finances on a much deeper level, which will not only increase transparency but also draw more engagement from all concerned.

Our next item was a revised GM's B.1 1st Quarter Financial report, which was necessitated by the discovery of a mistaken inventory count from the 1st quarter. The report was approved and we next received the GM's B.1 2nd Quarter Financial report, which was accepted and referred to our Finance Committee for review and a report back to Council at our October meeting.

A proposal to use $7,000 of the Co-op's savings to purchase a share in the National Cooperative Bank (NCB) was tabled until next month after many questions were raised. Staff was asked to provide more rationale and more background. NCB has already agreed to loan us as much as $700,000 to complete the central kitchen/bakery project if needed.

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