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Members to Vote on Patronage Dividend and Collegetown Store During November

Council - Council News

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

Council - Council News

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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2011 Annual Report

Council - Special News

Thursday, 12 July 2012 11:38

 

GreenStar’s Council and staff accomplished much over the last year and are continuing to make improvements both behind the scenes and in the stores. The hiring of Brandon Kane as our new General Manager (GM) in July 2011, after a lengthy search process, was a great relief for Council, and we are all benefiting from the great work that he, our other managers and all of our incredible staff members are doing. The recent healthy financial statements, our membership numbers, and the warm and friendly atmosphere in the stores are all reflections of the great team we are lucky to have here at GreenStar. Thank you all so much for all of the time and effort you put into making our co-op rock. 

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Council Welcomes New Members; 
Sends Delegates to CCMA Conference

Council - Council News

Tuesday, 03 July 2012 16:44

 

By 12th Moon, 

Council President

11-5-12thMoon-72dpiCouncil met on June 12 in The Space @ GreenStar, and with an already-packed agenda we added two short timely items, tabled two to our July meeting, and managed to get through the rest of the items on time.

During his monthly report General Manager (GM) Brandon Kane reported that the stores are very busy and doing well. Activities during June included: a June 6 visit from Michael Shuman, Research and Public Policy Director for BALLE (Business Alliance for Local Living Economies); the annual GIAC fest on June 9, at which GreenStar tabled, provided volunteer labor and sold food from our Deli; Taste of the Nation on June 19, where Deli Manager Erik Lucas represented GreenStar as a featured chef; Juneteenth, at the Southside Community Center on June 23, at which GreenStar tabled and provided volunteer labor; and the Consumer Cooperative Management Association (CCMA) conference in Philadelphia in late June, attended by five staff and five Council members.

Brandon also reported that, in May, five staff members attended the Undoing Racism workshop led by David Billings and sponsored by the Multicultural Resource Center. This furthers our commitment to staff training related to diversity and inclusion. Also, staff members and I, as Council President, met with community leaders at GIAC in May as part of our quarterly commitment to discussing our efforts to continually develop our cultural competency.

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Sends Delegates to CCMA Conference

Council Addresses Policy Governance Reporting; Certifies Spring Election Results

Council - Council News

Sunday, 03 June 2012 00:25

 

By 12th Moon, 

Council President

11-5-12thMoon-72dpiCouncil met on Tuesday, May 8 in The Space @ GreenStar with a full agenda. During our allotted time for opening announcements, I presented to the Chair of our Membership Committee, Ethan Winn, a member-initiated petition that I had recently received for a change to our bylaws. The Membership Committee is charged with receiving member-initiated petitions for referendums or bylaws changes. They then verify signatures as those of current members and evaluate the content of the requested change for legality and adherence to our bylaws and procedures before making a recommendation to Council for action.

Brandon Kane, the General Manager (GM), presented his monthly report next. Brandon reported that both stores are doing well and both are expecting some scheduled projects to be completed soon. Recent new hires have led to a lot of training and adjustments over the past few weeks, but now we have a full management team and some friendly new faces. An exciting improvement planned for the West-End store will result in the loss of our "rain collection system" in the entrance foyer — as the roof leak will be fixed.

Brandon also reported that the Collegetown Crossing developers have been asked to have an independent parking study done to present to the city planning board before it can evaluate the developers' request for a parking variance. We also learned that there may be a local food producer interested in leasing the middle section of our building at 700 West Buffalo Street. Management is also considering the potential value of finishing the north end of the building to better accommodate larger community gatherings. Looking forward, Brandon said that managers were working to craft a policy for small loans to be offered by GreenStar to local food producers (something we have done sporadically in the past) as a way to provide more local offerings to our community and to further a local living economy.

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