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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

 

Policy Governance — A New Approach

Council - Special News

Tuesday, 03 January 2012 19:27

 

By Melissa Blake, 

Council Member and Policy Drafting Committee Chair

11-6-Melissa-Blake-72dpiThere is excitement on GreenStar's Council as we near a milestone we've been working towards for over a year: the implementation of Policy Governance as our new governance model. Our efforts began in earnest at a Council retreat last July where Art Sherwood of the Cooperative Board Leadership Development program led us in a first round of drafting Policy Governance-style policies. Ever since then, the ad hoc Policy Drafting Committee has been working diligently to complete policies related to Council's internal processes, our delegation to the General Manager, and the Council-management relationship. We are so close to being finished, we can taste it!

These new policies will be in a format consistent with the Policy Governance model, a system of board leadership created by Dr. John Carver. In the words of the Carver Policy Governance website, policy governance "enables the board to focus on the larger issues, to delegate with clarity, to control management's job without meddling, to rigorously evaluate the accomplishment of the organization; to truly lead its organization." As part-time, volunteer members of a 
mission-driven board like GreenStar's Council, those are all things we look forward to achieving.

Read more: Policy Governance — A New Approach

Council Approves Loan to Fellow Co-op; Discusses Low Turnout for Member Bylaws Vote

Council - Council News

Tuesday, 03 January 2012 17:20

By 12th Moon, 
Council President

miraposa coopMeeting in The Space, Council held its Dec. 13 meeting with all Council members present. Receiving the monthly General Manager's (GM) Report as our first item of business, we learned that AFCU and GreenStar staff will be working together to spread the good word about the cooperative way of doing business and helping your community during 2012, deemed the International Year of Cooperatives by the United Nations. Brandon Kane, our GM, also reported that staff at both stores have handled an immense amount of seasonal business and that sales at and membership in our Co-op continue to grow. We learned of physical improvements at Oasis and the West-End's outside storage area, as well as forthcoming new entrance doors at the West-End store. Brandon reported that The Space is being utilized for many community arts and entertainment events, various meetings and this winter's Ithaca Farmers Market during the months of January and February.

Next, Alexis Alexander, Membership Manager, and Asha Sanaker, Finance Manager, provided Council with a report concerning the recent Focus Group Dinners held with members to invite feedback regarding possible changes to our membership equity contributions. Two dinners were conducted with a total of 20 randomly selected GreenStar members to openly discuss their feelings and impressions regarding possible changes to our equity contribution or time frame, as well as to discuss other Co-op plans for the future. The five-page report was very informative and warrants continuing these dinners to gather more of our members' ideas and impressions about the Co-op's direction and development.

Read more: Council Approves Loan to Fellow Co-op; Discusses Low Turnout for Member Bylaws Vote

 

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