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Council Approves Joining Business Coalition of Gas-Free Seneca; Welcomes Member at Large

Council - Council News

Friday, 28 February 2014 15:55

By 12th Moon, 

Council President

11-5-12thMoon-72dpiCouncil met Tuesday, Feb. 11 at 6:30 pm in the Classrooms @ GreenStar for our monthly meeting. After announcements and amending the agenda to include an application for a Member-at-Large seat on one of our committees, we received the monthly General Manager's (GM) report.

Our GM, Brandon Kane, reported that the renovated Space @ GreenStar and the Central Kitchen are on schedule for a mid-March move-in. The Space is currently housing the Winter Farmers Market on Saturdays from 11 to 2, and visitors have been very appreciative of the renovations. We also learned that the National Cooperative Bank closed on a loan to GreenStar and that those funds are now available to us for the renovation projects; further, the process for acquiring all of the licenses and permits for being able to rent out The Space is underway but likely to take some weeks.

Brandon also told us that the placement of How Good product-rating tags at the West-End store is about 25 percent complete, delayed by a busy beginning of the year, and that the change to a U-Pick 10% Off day has made everyone happy and less stressed on the tenth of each month (though I do miss the themed costumes of the staff).

Our next agenda item, which was approved, was a change to our Annual Council Calendar to move all four yearly B.1 quarterly and year-end financial reports back a month. The financial reports prepared for Council have become more detailed and are often difficult to prepare on time for the agenda packet. For the 4th Quarter and Year-End 2013 financial reports, we will have the reports go to our Finance Committee first and then come to Council for a vote, rather than having Council refer the reports to committee and receive them back the following month.

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Council Sets Spring Meeting Dates; Supports Dryden Hydrofracking Home Rule Efforts

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Monday, 03 February 2014 00:11

By 12th Moon,

Council President

11-5-12thMoon-72dpiCouncil met on Tuesday, Jan. 14 in the Classrooms @ GreenStar for our first meeting of the year, with 12 of our 15 members, a number of Co-op staff, and three visitors in attendance. We heard that GreenStar had contributed one of four buses that took community members to Albany for the governor's State of the State address on Wednesday, Jan. 8, to express their desire to continue a moratorium on hydrofracking in New York. This and other community donations made it possible for almost 70 high school students from New Roots and LACS to attend the rally. We received much appreciation from the rally participants and the schools.

Brandon Kane, our General Manager (GM), presented the first item of business, his monthly report. Brandon informed us that total gross sales for last year were above $18 million for both stores combined. We also learned that the renovated community space and central kitchen projects are on schedule with the hopes to have them fully functional by the end of March. Brandon reported that member feedback about the switch to a "U-Pick 10% Off" day from the "10% on the 10th" sales day has been overwhelmingly positive. He also reported that staff will start utilizing an Open Book Management process this year, which will give more ownership to staff over the performance of their departments. Brandon also informed us that the Living Wage adjustment for this year brought the Co-op's lowest-level pay rate to $11.80 an hour.

The next item on our agenda set the date for our Annual Spring Membership Meeting, which will be held Friday, April 25 in the Space @ GreenStar, with the introduction of Council candidates and other presentations. We then approved holding a Member Forum/Open Mic meeting, as an opportunity for members to express their concerns, ideas, and suggestions, for Thursday, April 10, also at the Space. We then approved the Council content for the Spring Member Mailing.

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Council Approves Stores Budget; Approves 
Final Policy Governance Policy

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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!

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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

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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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