A New Year, A New Opportunity — 2013 Council Election!

Council - Announcements

Friday, 08 February 2013 17:02

By Jessica Rossi, 

Council Secretary

jessicarossi72dpiThe beginning of a new year, for many people, brings the promise of new possibilities, opportunities, and commitments. Freshly invigorated by contemplative end-of-year festivities, we push forward with renewed energy into the experiences, twists and turns, and changes life continually brings. Here at GreenStar Cooperative Market, we embrace the promises of the new year by preparing for our annual Council Election. This friendly contest enlists willing member-owners to run for election to the Co-op's board of directors, which we call our "Council." 

GreenStar's dedication to running a democratically controlled business with a set of strong ethical values distinguishes us from other grocery stores. The overall purpose of the cooperative, as stated in our bylaws, includes "the operation of one or more cooperative business enterprises and other lawful activities not conducted for profit but for the mutual benefit of the cooperative's members." In addition, GreenStar is guided by ten broad principles, which include Community Involvement and Democratic Operation. These principles, as explained in our bylaws, ensure that the cooperative "will seek out and invite people from all segments of the community to learn the benefits of cooperatives and to become actively involved in them," and that "each Co-op member has a voice in the governance of the Cooperative."

This is what energizes me to serve on GreenStar's Council year after year: our inclusive, collaboratively balanced approach to decision making that encompasses everything we do for the Co-op. Right now is a great time to join, as Council is gearing up to re-draft the goals and visionary "ends" for the Co-op. These "big picture" policies will go beyond directing the General Manager; they will enable Council to capture the various hopes and dreams of all member-owners in our cooperative community and project them outward to any human being on Mother Earth willing to listen and reflect.

Read more: A New Year, A New Opportunity — 2013 Council Election!


Council Revisits GM Job Description; Seeks Candidates for Spring Council Election

Council - Council News

Friday, 08 February 2013 16:47

By 12th Moon, 

Council President

11-5-12thMoon-72dpiCouncil met Jan. 8 at 6:30 pm in The Space @ GreenStar for our regular monthly meeting. During our time for announcements we heard that the second evening of the "Feeding Our Future: Building Community for Food Equity & Sustainability," organized by our affiliate GreenStar Community Projects (GSCP), was a great success. We hope the two networking events will lead to more communication between different organizations in Tompkins 
County. To that end, GSCP will be working to organize similar networking events as often as every other month. We also learned that GreenStar had contributed $1,550 to Shaleshock to cover the cost of one of the four buses that took local residents to Albany on Wednesday, Jan. 9 to protest fracking at the annual State of the State address given by Gov. Cuomo. GreenStar also provided goodie bags with snacks and signs for those attending the event.


General Manager Brandon Kane (GM) in his monthly report told us that he expects that 2012 will have been the best year since 2003 in sales and accomplished projects. Brandon outlined our progress transitioning to our new policy governance system, establishing GSCP as a strong organization in our community and actively pursuing several expansion initiatives. The Space @ GreenStar, 700 W. Buffalo St., will house the winter Ithaca Farmers Market each Saturday starting Jan. 12 and lasting through March. The Space will not be rented otherwise while work is being done to establish the needs and viability of constructing a centralized bakery and kitchen as well as a large public assembly area that could hold as many as 300 people.

The next item on our agenda was a proposal to delay presenting to our members for a vote a change to our Capital Contribution structure. This annual member investment is currently $9 plus a $1 processing fee. Earlier we had decided to bring a proposal to members during the spring voting period, but after the results of the vote against patronage dividend and some continued disagreement about how to handle the situation of those members who have reached full equity, we decided to postpone bringing this forward until we did more information sharing with our members.

Read more: Council Revisits GM Job Description; Seeks Candidates for Spring Council Election

Council Finalizes 2013 Budgets; 
Certifies Fall Member Election Results

Council - Council News

Tuesday, 01 January 2013 22:30

By 12th Moon, 

Council President

11-5-12thMoon-72dpiCouncil held our monthly meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 11 in The Space @ GreenStar with nine of our fifteen members in attendance; evidently we are not immune to the flu and colds of the season.


During announcements we heard of the success of the first of a two-evening event organized by our affiliate GreenStar Community Projects. The events, entitled "Feeding Our Future: Building Community for Food Equity & Sustainability," are networking events designed to bring together as many as seventy-five people from different local organizations concerned with food equity issues. The second evening was held Thursday, Dec. 13. It is hoped these events will lead to more communication between different organizations in Tompkins County.

Our first item of business was the monthly report from our General Manager (GM) Brandon Kane. Brandon reported that the stores did well during the Thanksgiving crunch, even though we sold out of turkeys (for the first time ever) and were in the middle of the fall voting period. He also reported that the construction of a second walk-in refrigeration unit had begun at the West-End store and that research work has started for a feasibility study required by Council prior to getting the go-ahead for construction of a new central kitchen and bakery in our building at 700 West Buffalo Street.

Read more: Council Finalizes 2013 Budgets; 
Certifies Fall Member Election Results


2012-2013 Councilmembers

Sunday, 16 December 2012 19:00

To contact one of your representitives on Council, click his or her name.


12th Moon  President

Committees: Executive Planning (chair),  Membership, Expansion (chair), Bylaws Review (chair), CBLD Liason, Policy Reveiw


Tara Gross 

Vice President

Committees: Personnel (chair), Executive Planning, CBLD Liason, Policy Review, Expansion


Keith Babuszczak 


Committees: Finance, Ombuds Advisory

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Eric Banford

Committees: Membership


Melissa Blake

Committees: Policy Reveiw, Governance/Monitoring

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Britton Dougherty

Committees: Memberhship


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Dan Hoffman

Committee: Governance/Policy Monitoring (chair), Ombudsperson Advisory (chair), Bylaws Review, Executive Planning, Policy Reveiw (Chair), GSCP Council Liaison



Kash Iraggi

Committee: Finance


Mark Lenzenweger

Committee: Personnel

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Colin Meeks


Committees: Finance


Chris Negronida Treasurer

Committees: Finance (chair), Bylaws Review, Policy Review, Executive Planning, Bylaws Reveiw


Jan Rhodes Norman

Committees: Expansion, Governance/Policy Monitoring


Jessica Rossi Secretary


Committees:  Personnel, Expansion


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Ethan Winn   

Committees: Membership (chair), Executive Planning,  Policy Review

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Jihong (Angela) Zhang

Committees: Personnel

Patronage Dividend and Collegetown Crossing Vote Results

Council - Announcements

Monday, 03 December 2012 13:53


Voting has ended. The Patronage Dividend measure failed to pass. The Collegetown Crossing store measure passed.

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