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Council Seats New Members; Elects Officers; Arranges GM Candidate Interviews

Council - Council News

Friday, 01 July 2011 18:48

By 12th Moon,

Council President

11-5-12thMoon-72dpiCouncil held its June meeting in The Space @ GreenStar on June 14. We said goodbye and thank you to outgoing Council members Lauryn Beltz-Member and Neil Oolie as we welcomed the last three of our newly-elected Council members, Emma Silverman, Melissa Blake and Chris Negronida, with Tara Gross having been seated at our May meeting.

Brandon Kane, Interim General Manager (IGM), reported on the improvements made to the Produce and Bulk bagging area, installation of the new air conditioning unit on the roof of the West-End store, and progress toward installing an energy-efficient "in-line" hot water heater for the Deli. We were reminded that GreenStar will be showing the documentary "Bag It" at The Space during the summer months. Along with a favorable financial report for both locations, Brandon reported on the finances relating to our annex building at 700 West Buffalo St., showing that we are currently saving well over $850 a month compared to before the purchase, and we are realizing many uses previously unavailable to us.

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Council Reviews Additional Bylaws Changes

Council - Special News

Friday, 01 July 2011 18:46

By Michael Hoysic,

Bylaws Review Committee

The Bylaws Review Committee (BRC) presented our first batch of proposed additional bylaws changes to Council at its June meeting for discussion. Those items are outlined in this article. The BRC will continue looking at the bylaws for additional recommendations and will present those at the July Council meeting for feedback. Our goal is to have all of the Committee's proposed changes voted on at the August Council meeting and then presented to the members for a vote in October 2011.

The bylaws items presented at the June meeting included (words in quotes are the actual bylaws language under discussion):

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Council News - May 2011

Council - Council News

Saturday, 30 April 2011 19:00

Council Sends Anti-Fracking Letter;
 Selects CCMA Attendees

By 12th Moon,
Council President

Eric12Moon(72dpi)On Tuesday, April 12, Council conducted its monthly meeting at The Space @ GreenStar with nine of our thirteen members present. We took a few minutes to honor the passing of a local, and regional, food hero, Gary Redmond. Our thoughts and good wishes go out to his family and the whole Regional Access crew; we will miss his warmth, humor and concern for our local food systems. Thank you, Gary, for being you.

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Bylaws Review Process Continues

Council - Special News

Saturday, 30 April 2011 19:00

By Michael Hoysic, 
Bylaws Review Committee

When the Bylaws Review Committee (BRC) started our review of GreenStar's bylaws in 2009, we identified several areas for possible change. Since the approval by the membership of a number of those bylaws changes in October 2010, the BRC has continued working on a second round of possible changes for member consideration.

Our plan is to submit this group of proposed changes to Council at its June meeting for a discussion, to be voted on in August and sent to the members for a vote in October 2011.

Briefly, some of the areas we are looking at for proposed changes this time include: term limits for Council members; approval for the use of a new name for the Co-op in formal settings; adding to Membership Rights and Authority approval of changes to our Mission Statement; review of language relating to member access to Co-op information; review of Council Duties and Powers; review of Council conflicts of interest and recusal language, meeting attendance requirements, and Officers' Duties; Annual Meeting and Annual Report requirements — when they need to occur.

Additionally, the Membership and Finance Committees are creating the Member-Owner Equity Fees and Investment Working Group. The Committees accepted member applications in April and plan to hold the first meeting in early May. The goal of the Working Group is to consider possible changes to the Co-op's equity structure, mentioned in the Membership section of the bylaws, and, if there are any proposed changes, to have them to the members for a vote in October. If you have any comments or questions about these possible bylaws changes, please contact the BRC Chair, 12th Moon, at 607.342.7878, or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Council News - April 2011

Council - Council News

Friday, 15 April 2011 21:00

Council Encourages Members to Vote; Proposes Letter Against Hydrofracking

By 12th Moon,
Council President

Eric12Moon(72dpi)On March 8, we held our first Council meeting in The Space @ GreenStar. "The Space" is the name given to the north end of our building at 700 West Buffalo Street, which has already been used for some musical events, our kids' Halloween party and a photography exhibit, and will be the location of our Annual Spring Membership Meeting this year on April 22, and our first case lot sales, to begin Saturday, April 2.

We moved quickly through most agenda items with time to discuss topics that we have been working on for some time. The monthly report from Interim General Manager (IGM) Brandon Kane showed a respectable growth in sales compared to last year. Brandon informed us of the case lot sales and plans to install a reusable bag drop-off and pick-up area in the entrance to the West-End store. Included in the report was an extensive review of the effects of our newly established FLOWER discount program, which has been a great success. Our Finance Committee approved the IGM's 4th Quarter and Year-End 2010 Financial Report and concluded it was complete and on time.

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