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.

Read more: 2010-11 Council Self Evaluation

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.

Read more: Council Approves 2012 Budget;
Appoints Two New Members


Too Few Ballots Cast in Bylaws Change Vote

Council - Special News

Friday, 25 November 2011 14:04

Ethan Winn,
Vice President

At 6:30 pm on Nov. 17, the tellers for the most recent member vote on ten sets of proposed bylaws changes found that the number of valid member ballots cast did not meet the required minimum amount of 200 votes:

  • 189 total ballots were received.
  • 185 of those were valid ballots, according to current bylaws requirements.
  • 4 ballots were invalid due to lack of identifying information.

Council will certify the election results at the December 13 Council Meeting.


GreenStar Seeks Member Opinions on Upcoming Decisions on Member Equity and Store Expansion

Council - Special News

Thursday, 03 November 2011 02:44


By Ethan Winn, 

Membership Committee Chair

ExpansionYour Voice Is Important!

In advance of the Fall Member Meeting, GreenStar held the Fall Member Forum in early October. Though attendance was not as high as some of us would have liked, the event was a valuable opportunity for members, Council-members and staff to connect and discuss a wide range of important topics. Together, we explored directions the Co-op might go in terms of expansion, increasing member equity and further involving GreenStar's membership in the important decisions that we'll be tackling in the coming year. We look forward to continuing these discussions with a wider representation of our membership as we continue to move toward expansion and a revision of our equity system.

Expansion is always an exciting topic of conversation.  It is amazing to step back and contemplate how our collective resources can grow and produce truly magical results. Take, for instance, GreenStar as it is today: one of Ithaca's premier businesses that has grown directly out of the collective contributions and hard work of so many over the past 40 years.

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