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Meet the 2012 Council Candidates

Council - Council News

Wednesday, 04 April 2012 19:00

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1. What skills, experience, education or training do you have that is relevant to serving on GreenStar's board of directors? (Are you currently or have you previously been on Council? If so, for how long?)

2. What life experiences or perspectives can you bring to Council that would help Council better represent the Membership?

3. What do you think are the most important issues for Council to be working on at this time?

4. One of Council's primary roles is listening to our members and keeping them informed as to important Co-op developments and upcoming discussions. What are your ideas or concerns about the involvement of the Membership in Co-op matters?

5. What would you like GreenStar's involvement with or connection to the larger community to be?

6. Is there anything else you want to say to the voters?

See the candidates' responses

 

Vote in April for Council Candidates and 
Proposed Bylaws Changes

Council - Council News

Sunday, 01 April 2012 17:28

Meet the candidates, read their statements.

By 12th Moon, 

Council President

2012-vote

11-5-12thMoon-72dpiOn March 13 Council met in The Space @ GreenStar, enjoying the spring-like weather, with four of our declared Council candidates in attendance. I'd like to remind you to exercise your unique opportunity as a GreenStar member to vote during the month of April. Please review the candidates' statements and proposed Bylaws changes (these are also posted in the stores and included in the Spring Member Mailing which was also sent to members' homes). Also be on the lookout for our GreenStar Annual Report in its new format this year. This will be available at the Spring Member Meeting, chock-full of good news about our co-op.

After beginning our meeting with a round of introductions and a few announcements, we moved on to receive the monthly General Manager's (GM) Report. Our GM, Brandon Kane, reported that both stores and the warehouse building will be receiving improvements to their refrigeration units and Oasis will be getting a salad bar and expanding its hot bar offerings. He also reported that he has been working on a business plan for a possible GreenStar satellite store in the Collegetown Crossings development, to assess the viability of the project, which is contingent on the city's approving variances. At the West-End location, a revitalized "Delicatessen @ GreenStar" was introduced to our customers in March, and negotiations are underway for additional nearby store parking. Sales at both stores are above budget, a testament to the ongoing careful efforts of our staff members. Last month, Council was introduced to our new Operations Manager, Sara Paulison, former Grocery Manager at the West-End store, and this month we learned that Joe Marraffino was hired as the new Finance Manager. Joe was appointed to Council at our November 2011 meeting and has subsequently resigned to accept the Finance Manager position. All of us on Council wish you luck in your new position, Joe, and thank you for your continuing service to our co-op. We also heard that both our regular memberships and FLOWER program memberships continue to grow. We currently have a total of over 8,000 members, including over 300 member-workers. Soon the findings from the recent membership survey will be made available. Great work all around— thanks to you, all of our staff.

Read more: Vote in April for Council Candidates and 
Proposed Bylaws Changes

GreenStar Explores Collegetown Store Option; Bylaws Vote Returns in Spring

Council - Council News

Thursday, 01 March 2012 13:00

 

By 12th Moon,

Council President

11-5-12thMoon-72dpiCouncil held its Feb. 14 meeting at The Space with GreenStar's newly hired Operations Manager, Sara Paulison, sitting in for our General Manager (GM), Brandon Kane, who was on vacation. Welcome and congratulations to Sara for the promotion and twelve years of service to our co-op.

After introductions and during our agenda review, we added a short item to the agenda, to update our Council Election Policy to reflect the change made two years ago incorporating two committees, the Governance and the Policy Monitoring committees, into one committee called the Governance and Monitoring Committee. The amendment passed without much discussion.

We next received the monthly GM Report that Brandon had submitted with the agenda packet, and noted that the stores are doing very well and are maintaining a steady pace of improvements to their infrastructures. The Information Services department has been busy upgrading our computer services to integrate both stores more fluidly and to protect us against internet down time. Oasis is progressing with planned improvements and the Deli Department is working on even more new offerings (see the article on page 1 for details). The Winter Farmers Market held in The Space @ GreenStar during January and February has been a great success, and provides one more example of the community service our ownership of the building has allowed us to offer.

Read more: GreenStar Explores Collegetown Store Option; Bylaws Vote Returns in Spring

 

Bylaws Proposed Changes Move to Membership Vote

Council - Special News

Friday, 17 February 2012 15:19

SOLICITING PRO/CON STATEMENTS

 

The GreenStar Council has approved a series of proposed bylaws changes to go to the membership for a vote in April of 2012. The Bylaws Review Committee was formed to oversee this process.

The Committee is looking for informed members who would like to write a pro or con statement on one or more of the proposed 10 sets (see the Proposed Amendments document) to appear in the upcoming Spring Member Mailing. The statements are part of the information made available regarding the April bylaws vote.

You must indicate your interest in writing a statement by:

WEDNESDAY, February 22

If selected to write a statement – it is due by:

TUESDAY, February 28

Read more: Bylaws Proposed Changes Move to Membership Vote

Council Approves New Policy Governance-Style Policies; Seeks Election Candidates

Council - Council News

Friday, 03 February 2012 21:51

By 12th Moon, 

Council President

11-5-12thMoon-72dpiCouncil held its January meeting on the 17th in The Space. We met on the third Tuesday rather than the normal second, following policy guidelines approved last year to avoid holding meetings on the "10% on the 10th" sales days. Look for our monthly meeting to be on the 17th again in both April and July this year.

Our General Manager (GM) Brandon Kane presented our first item of business, the monthly GM's Report. Brandon reported that both stores had a very good year, showing continued attention by staff to improving operations at both locations. He also reported that Oasis will be undergoing a reset of both Grocery and Deli areas, and that staff have started to compile email lists for all staff and would like to compile an email list of our members, in an effort to reduce paper consumption and for better lines of communication.

Read more: Council Approves New Policy Governance-Style Policies; Seeks Election Candidates

 

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