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.

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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.

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2010-11 Council Self Evaluation

Council - Special News

Monday, 05 December 2011 02:21

Summary Report on GreenStar Council's 2010-11 Self Evaluation

According to its own policies, GreenStar's Council is supposed to "monitor and regularly discuss" its own performance. For the past several years, we have used a standardized self-evaluation process including a questionnaire and discussion of the results. This process has been facilitated by Kirby Edmonds of TFC Associates.

Kirby analyzed our recent questionnaire results, especially in comparison to results from previous years, and presented that analysis to Council at its June meeting. After discussion, Council approved the "findings" set forth below. The questionnaire was extensive and covered most aspects of Council's work. The raw data is, therefore, difficult to interpret directly. Council retained Kirby to draw out trends (both from the current survey, and over the past three years), which you will see reported below and more fully in his complete analysis. Full questionnaire results and Kirby's analysis are available to members upon request by Council or asking at the Front Desk at the West-End store.

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Council Approves 2012 Budget;
Appoints Two New Members

Council - Council News

Thursday, 01 December 2011 18:22


By 12th Moon, 

Council President

Eric12MoonCouncil met in The Space on Election Day, Nov. 8, for our regular meeting. We moved quickly into our monthly report from General Manager (GM) Brandon Kane. During Brandon's report we heard that Oasis will be getting some additional equipment to add space for grab-and-go Deli foods between Thanksgiving and Christmas. There was concern expressed for the continuing congestion in our West-End store parking lot, where signs were recently added directing traffic flow to help make the lot safer for our shoppers. Brandon also reported that our efforts to accept donations at the registers in our stores yielded over $4,400 for victims of the Southern Tier flooding this October.

This fall has been especially busy with all of the events in October — a Member Forum, the Fall Membership Meeting, an All Staff Meeting, the GreenStar Community Projects Food Justice Summit, the Annual Kids' Halloween Party and a lecture and workshop by Michael Shuman of BALLE (Business Alliance for Local Living Economies), co-sponsored by GreenStar and Local First Ithaca. With all that behind us, we now move into the holiday season.

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Appoints Two New Members


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