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.

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Bylaws Proposed Changes Move to Membership Vote

Council - Special News

Friday, 17 February 2012 15:19



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

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New GreenStar Store in Collegetown? Members Will Decide!

Council - Announcements

Friday, 17 February 2012 11:29

bigstock blueprintThere is some important news to share with member-owners of GreenStar - about an opportunity for the Co-op to open and operate a third store in Ithaca.

As you may have heard, the owner of the property at 307 College Avenue wants to replace the existing building there with a new, 6-story, mixed-use structure that would include a grocery store on the ground floor. The owner approached GreenStar, through me, and the Co-op's Council asked me to explore this possibility, which I have done with enthusiasm. It is important to note that both the Council and the Membership have endorsed a policy of supporting the expansion of the Co-op, through a larger, primary store and/or through the opening of satellite stores (such as the Oasis operation).

You may have seen a recent article in the Cornell Daily Sun, which made it appear that the decision for GreenStar to open a store at this Collegetown location has already been made. My emphasis to the Sun on the Co-op's democratic decision-making process was not clearly expressed in the article.

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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.

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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


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