Council - Council News
Sunday, 04 August 2013 22:09
By 12th Moon,
Council met in The Space @ GreenStar at 6:30 on July 9, with thirteen of our fifteen members in attendance. After our introductions and statements of preparedness we all individually filled out a copy of our new Conflict of Interest forms and submitted them to our Secretary for posting and archiving.
The first regular item was the General Manager's (GM) monthly report. Our GM, Brandon Kane, updated us on progress toward realizing our central bakery and kitchen. He told us that the bidding process for equipment was almost completed, and that the construction bids were still being negotiated with an emphasis being placed on having the general assembly/meeting space completed as soon as possible in order that we may begin to use the space for our meetings and for public gatherings. Our community is in dire need of a large gathering space. Brandon brought a request from the Area Supervisors (AS) team, consisting of all fourteen department managers, that Council look to redefine our definition of local and regional. Local is currently defined as within fifty miles and regional includes goods grown or produced within New York or Pennsylvania. Both classifications require at least eighty percent of ingredients to be sourced within these geographical limitations. The requested change would define local as within 100 miles and regional as within 300 miles.
Brandon also reported that we are working with How Good, Inc. (www.howgood.com), a product rating service, to produce GreenStar-specific tags over the next two months. In the future, How Good will have a shopping app for customers, and GreenStar will be a test point for a service kiosk that will show Co-op-specific products and the details as to why they received their rating from How Good. (See the article on page 1 for more details.) Brandon also reported that we have signed onto the Non-GMO Project's retail initiative (www.nongmoproject.org). This means there will be info in our stores available for customers regarding products certified as GMO-free and what foods to avoid. We will also be testing a phone app that can be used to shop GMO-free.
Council - Special News
Sunday, 28 July 2013 18:27
GreenStar Co-op: Application/Nomination for At-Large Committee Seat
GreenStar's Council (board of directors) seeks applications from Co-op members in good standing interested in serving on any of our various committees. You may nominate yourself or another member.
Committees play a crucial role in providing research, preparation and recommendations for proposals and issues to be voted on by Council. Committees have seats for Council members, staff and other ("at-large") GreenStar members. Committee members earn a 10% discount on purchases for their work.
Brief Committee descriptions and responsibilities appear on the next pages of this form.
Council makes at-large appointments annually, in July, for one-year terms. (There are no term limits.)
Often there are vacant seats during the year that can also be filled by Council, if there are applicants.
Paper application/nomination forms may be submitted to the Customer Service desk at the West End store, submitted electronically below or call Dan Hoffman (273-1323).
Please indicate your preferences for a committee, and provide a Statement of Interest below indicating why you would like to serve and what experience or skills you would bring to the role.
If you have any questions about any of the committees, or about this application, please contact Governance Committee Chair, or call Dan Hoffman (273-1323).
GreenStar Council's Committees – Composition & Responsibilities
Composition: at least 3 Council members (Treasurer is chair), 1 staff member, 3 at-large members (including at least 1 who is an accountant)
- Overseeing the annual budgeting process,
- Overseeing regular financial audits of the Co-op,
- Overseeing annual review of Co-op's insurance coverage and other asset protections,
- Recommending annual financial objectives, and
- Reviewing and recommending changes to the Co-op's financial policies.
Composition: at least 3 Council members; 1 staff member; 3 at-large members
- Overseeing annual Council elections,
- Recruiting candidates for Council and committee positions,
- Identifying possible training opportunities for Council members,
- Overseeing Council's Policy Book, and
- Developing proposed policies & procedures (when requested to do so by Council).
Composition: at least 3 Council members; 2 staff members; 4 at-large members
- Promoting member participation in the Co-op,
- Planning Membership meetings and mailings,
- Facilitating interaction between Council and members,
- Overseeing regular member surveys,Overseeing member referenda, and
- - Maintaining contact with other co-ops.
Composition: at least 3 Council members; 1 Staff Advisory Board member; 2 at-large members (Human Resources Manager is ex officio member)
- When needed, recruiting & screening candidates for General Manager,
- Assisting Council with the annual performance evaluation of the GM,
- Organizing regular staff/Council "retreats,"
- Reviewing and recommending amendments to the Co-op's Personnel Policy,
- Interpreting the Personnel Policy, when requested, and
- Handling employee grievances.
Ad Hoc Committees:
Composition: 4 Council members; 3 staff members; up to 3 at-large members
- Assisting Council in planning and preparing for the expansion of the Co-op
- (additional satellite stores, larger main store, etc),
- Providing feedback and support to General Manager on steps to implement expansion goals,
- Creating a timetable for moving forward with timely decision-making.
Composition: 3 Council members, 2 staff members, 3 at-large members
- Reviewing GreenStar's current bylaws and making recommendations (to Council) for revision,
- Involving the Membership in the bylaws review process.
OMBUDS ADVISORY COMMITTEE
[GreenStar's first Ombuds Program began operating in early 2012.]
Composition: 2 Council members; 2 staff members (1 = management, 1 = non-management); at least 2 at-large members
- Make recommendations to Council on Ombudsperson job description and contract, and other Program details;
- Recruit candidates for Ombudsperson positions, review and evaluate applications, make recommendation on selection to Council
- Provide oversight and assistance to Ombudspersons
GREENSTAR COMMUNITY PROJECTS, INC.
This is a tax-exempt affiliate of GreenStar Co-op, with its own Board of Directors. Composition of Board: 1 member named by Co-op's Council; 1 member named by Co-op's General Manager; up to 7 at-large members (named by the affiliate's Board).
Purposes of Affiliate:
- Provide information to public on cooperatives, healthful living, local self-reliance, self-sufficiency and community, ecological sustainability and/or social justice;
- Initiate and/or support community projects that promote cooperatives, local self-reliance, self-sufficiency and community, ecological sustainability and/or social justice in ways that honor and enhance the socio-economic diversity of the projects and those intended to benefit from them.
- GSCP sponsors the annual Food Justice Summit, and more frequent gathering for a Network of groups, businesses and individuals in Tompkins County working to strengthen the local food system.
Options for involvement:
- Serve on the Board of Directors.
- Serve on a committee (e.g., fundraising, networking) or help with a specific project or event.
- GreenStar work credit is possible for any level of committed service.
Council - Council News
Monday, 01 July 2013 22:08
By 12th Moon,
Council held our regular monthly meeting on June 11 at 6:30 pm in The Space @ GreenStar, with a lengthy agenda. During announcements I informed Council members and staff present of the high amount of positive feedback we received after our workshop presentation at the recent Consumer Cooperative Management Association (CCMA) 57th annual conference, which brought together 450 people from 113 co-ops from around the country. Our General Manager (GM) Brandon Kane and our Membership Manager Alexis Alexander had put together a very thorough presentation outlining GreenStar's FLOWER (Fresh Local Organic Within Everyone's Reach) low-income discount program and the success of our diversity and inclusion efforts. We were extremely well-received by approximately 80 cooperators who attended the workshop, some saying they had been waiting years for something like this to be presented, and we gave all the information we could for them to take home to use in their co-ops and communities.
First on our agenda was the GM's monthly report, which showed that both stores continue to do better than expected, with Oasis having some record-breaking weeks of sales. Brandon also told us that the central kitchen and bakery project planned for our warehouse building is on track. We expect to be having a walk-through for our members in mid-July, so look for announcements in the stores and on this website. Brandon also let us know that a full audit, compiled by an outside accounting firm, should be prepared in time for our July 9 Council meeting. We were also brought up to date on the fantastic work our affiliate organization GreenStar Community Projects (GSCP) is doing. They will be launching a donation drive to run from mid-June through July, so please check out their link on our website. Donations can be made at our registers, by check, or online to help them accomplish their food justice and food equality initiatives.
Council - Council News
Friday, 31 May 2013 17:16
By 12th Moon,
Council held our regular monthly meeting on May 14 in The Space @ GreenStar with all Council Members attending most of the meeting. Losing no time after the annual Council elections, we had just held our annual Area Supervisors and Council dinner meeting on Friday, May 10, and held our annual retreat with our consultant from Cooperative Board Leadership Development (CBLD) all day on Saturday, May 11, with all three newly elected Council Members participating.
After removing two items from our agenda that were not ready for presentation yet, we moved on to receive the General Manager's (GM) monthly report. Brandon Kane, our GM, reported on progress made on the central kitchen and bakery to be constructed in our warehouse building at 700 W. Buffalo Street. He also reported that a new lease agreement had been signed with the developer seeking to build the Collegetown Crossings project (which would include a GreenStar satellite location), contingent on the City's removal of the parking requirements for the project. Brandon further informed us of a consumer product education service that he and Operations Manager Sara Paulison are investigating, provided by a firm entitled How Good (www.howgood.com), and he informed us that managers are looking at the possibility of selling the Ithaca Chai business. He also announced that our tax-exempt affiliate, GreenStar Community Projects (GSCP), has hired a new staff support person, Luke Jones, is making progress on a donation drive, is continuing regular community networking dinner meetings, and is planning for an all-day event in the fall.
We next certified the voting results of our April Council elections and referendum vote, with much discussion around how people vote and what we could do in the future to guide members to submit the ballots whole (some members submitted their ballots cut into separate pieces for the various votes: Council, referendum, etc.). Look for the posted voting results at both stores and on our website, www.greenstar.coop. We then seated Patrice Lockert Anthony to fill our one vacant seat. A big welcome and thank you to Patrice and our two other new Council Members, who will be seated at our June 11 meeting, Courtney Mayszak and Scott Morris.
Council - Council News
Sunday, 05 May 2013 16:58
By 12th Moon,
Council held its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, April 9 in The Space @ GreenStar with twelve of our fourteen members present, and a full agenda.
We received the General Manager's (GM) monthly report first. Brandon Kane, our GM, reported that a few of the managers have spent much time over the past months compiling a feasibility study regarding the proposed project of building a centralized kitchen and bakery, and renovating The Space @ GreenStar to hold public events. This project was presented to Council later in the evening (see below for more).
Brandon also reported that GreenStar Community Projects hosted their third "Feeding our Future" networking event in The Space on Thursday, March 28, with sixty in attendance focused on finding solutions to equitable access in our community's food system. The Winter Farmers Market closed out the season after another great winter at The Space @ GreenStar. Brandon said that the 2012 Annual Report will be available at the Annual Spring Member Meeting and thereafter at both stores.
The GM's report told us that the online Council Policy Book is now up to date, and that GreenStar is collaborating with GIAC and Loaves and Fishes to present the three-part PBS documentary "Race: The Power of an Illusion" for staff and board members on three consecutive weekdays in June.
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