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Council Hears PG Reports; Approves Co-op Film Donation and Kitchen Consultant

Council - Council News

Friday, 30 November 2012 14:55

By 12th Moon, 

Council President

11-5-12thMoon-72dpiCouncil held our regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 13 in The Space @ GreenStar. During announcements we were informed that our affiliate GreenStar Community Projects has organized a networking event to bring together as many as seventy-five people from local organizations concerned with food equity issues. The event, entitled "Feeding Our Future: Building Community for Food Equity & Sustainability," will take place over two evenings, Nov. 29 and Dec. 13, and is designed to get all of these folks together at the same table, as the four-hour program each evening will include food sharing as well as information and networking.

 

Brandon Kane, our General Manager (GM), presented his monthly report next, and told us that both stores are doing very well; we survived another very busy tenth of the month; and we are preparing for the holiday season. We also learned that the installation of a new additional walk-in cooler for the West-End store may well have to wait until after Thanksgiving because of shipping delays. The annual staff satisfaction survey will be going out to all staff soon and there will be both a managers and assistant managers meeting and an all-staff meeting in the second half of November.

Brandon next submitted the Third Quarter Financial B.1 Report in the new Policy Governance (PG) format that we have been transitioning into. The report was referred to our Finance Committee for review and report back next month. The PG format of reports, called Monitoring Reports, starts with policies that Council has approved, then the GM writes his interpretations of the policy and what data he will use to report, and presents this to Council for approval. This system should provide Council with the data it needs in a consistent way that makes it easier to compare years of data. As we are still in this process of transitioning, our next agenda item was to vote on a set of the GM's interpretations for another policy.

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Make Your Voice Heard — Vote This Month 
on Two Important Proposals

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Thursday, 01 November 2012 14:45

By 12th Moon,
Council President

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

 
12-12 Voting_Results_CSS_WebCouncil met Tuesday, Oct. 9 in The Space @ GreenStar, and set a record (at least a record for recent times) by adjourning at 8:35 rather than our usual 9:30 p.m. We all appreciated the early ending and that we had taken care of much business during the meeting.

During announcements we appreciated our outgoing Board Administrator Shayna Grajo for all she has done with us and we welcomed Brad Dingman as our new Board Administrator.

General Manager (GM) Brandon Kane presented the monthly GM's Report as our first item, showing that the stores are both doing well and staying quite busy. All departments are working with the Finance Department to create the 2013 budget in a new format that will separate departmental expenditures for each store. This will help prepare staff for evaluating a new satellite store in the future. The 2013 stores budget will be presented to Council at our meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 13 and is likely to include costs associated with building a central kitchen and bakery in our warehouse building at 700 West Buffalo Street.

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on Two Important Proposals

Council Appoints New Members; Approves Wording for Member Votes in November

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Tuesday, 02 October 2012 22:32

By 12th Moon, 

Council President

11-5-12thMoon-72dpiCouncil met on Sept. 11 in The Space @ GreenStar and went through a long agenda of items in record time, finishing by 9:15! After introducing ourselves and stating our preparedness for the meeting, we heard from a member-owner about her concerns regarding whom to speak with when she has issues at the stores.

 

Brandon Kane, General Manager (GM), next presented his monthly GM report which updated us on the progress staff has made toward preparing for expansion, including compiling the necessary information to be submitted to our members for the upcoming votes regarding both the leasing of a second satellite store in Collegetown and the proposal to change our current two-percent discount to a Patronage Dividend system. (Information regarding the Patronage Dividend and Collegetown Expansion votes will be mailed or e-mailed, to those who have elected that option, and posted in the stores.)

Brandon also reported that an advisory committee of staff members will be drawing up plans and equipment lists to assess the needs and costs for an expansion project that would give GreenStar a central kitchen and bakery in our building at 700 W. Buffalo Street. In conjunction with the kitchen project, changes to both stores will be planned along with a renovation of The Space @ GreenStar to accommodate larger public events. Because of the work being planned for The Space, we will no longer be accepting requests to rent to the public until after renovations have been made.

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Members to Vote on Patronage Dividend and Collegetown Store During November

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Saturday, 01 September 2012 16:15

By 12th Moon,
Council President

11-5-12thMoon-72dpiOn a dark and stormy night, Tuesday, Aug. 14, Council held its monthly meeting at The Space @ GreenStar. We lost power for a minute but barely missed a beat with our laptops providing an interim light source. It was a well-attended meeting with lively and respectful discussion, and much was accomplished.

General Manager (GM) Brandon Kane related in his monthly report that both stores are doing very well, with much attention focused on future plans and the upcoming 2013 budget. At this time, we're looking at two separate expansion plans for GreenStar over the next two years. Brandon presented a projected timeline for the outfitting and opening of a second satellite store in Collegetown in 2014, as well as renovations in 2013 to our warehouse building. The latter will include installing a central bakery and kitchen to serve all GreenStar locations and making improvements to the north end of the building, yielding a larger, nicer area for community events and meetings. Brandon also informed us that staff is no longer accepting requests to rent out The Space @ GreenStar in anticipation of the upcoming construction work. The final piece of the GM's monthly report was a compilation of results from a survey that staff had sent out to our members; this will be studied in more detail by our Membership Committee.

We next received the GM's second-quarter Financial Report, which was referred to our Finance Committee for review. The report shows the stores doing well, with staff striving to keep expenses in line with the budget despite unexpected repairs. Thanks to Finance Manager Joe Marraffino for his improvements to the format and presentation of financial information; the new layout and information provided were very well received by Councilmembers. The Finance Department's recent shift from quarterly to monthly financial statements allows staff to better adjust to changes in the economic environment.

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Council Discusses Patronage Refund; Approves Member-Initiated Meat Referendum for Vote

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Thursday, 02 August 2012 15:11

By 12th Moon, 

Council President

11-5-12thMoon-72dpiCouncil met on Tuesday, July 17, but not at The Space @ GreenStar because of the high temperatures. We met in the smaller, air-conditioned, meeting room in the administrative offices on the other side of the building.

In conjunction with our normal round of introductions and declaration of preparedness, we declared any known conflicts of interest, or situations that could be perceived as such, to our serving on Council. After learning that the Annual GreenStar Ice Cream Social will be held on Monday, Sept. 3 at 2 pm in the picnic area outside the West-End store, we moved on to the GM's monthly report. General Manager (GM) Brandon Kane reported that the upgrades to both stores' air conditioning systems were completed just in time for the recent heat wave. He reported that both stores are doing well, that staff have been negotiating better rates from our credit card service provider, that the Annual Report mailed out earlier this summer to all members has been very well received and that many of our member-owners have been providing their e-mail addresses for future announcements, something that we're hoping will save paper and printing costs. Brandon also reported that the developers of the Collegetown site we have been considering have completed the independent parking research required by the city. We are hoping things will move forward with that project soon.

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