Council - Special News

Wednesday, 31 August 2011 13:24


Would you like to serve on GreenStar's Council? There are currently three vacancies.

Council can appoint members to fill vacancies, until the next election (in the spring of 2012). Council members earn a super-worker discount and are expected to attend regular meetings (at least once a month, on the second Tuesday, 6:30-9:30 pm), to serve on at least one standing committee (generally, one more meeting per month), to participate in trainings and membership events, to become familiar with GreenStar policies, and to prepare for Council meetings (by reading agenda packets, etc.). To be eligible for appointment, a member must have attended at least one Council meeting (next one is on September 13, at 6:30 pm at the Space @ GreenStar). Download an application for appointment or pick one up at the Customer Service Desk at the West-End Store. For more information, please contact Governance & Monitoring Committee Chair, Dan Hoffman, at 607.273.1323.


Bylaws Proposed Changes Move to Membership Vote - Soliciting Pro/Con Statements

Council - Special News

Wednesday, 17 August 2011 17:16


The GreenStar Council has approved a series of proposed bylaws changes to go to the membership for a vote in October of 2011. 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 Fall Member Mailing. The statements are part of the information made available regarding the October bylaws vote.

You must indicate your interest in writing a statement by: FRIDAY, AUGUST 19.

If selected to write a statement – it is due by: SUNDAY, AUGUST 28.

The Bylaws Review Committee will have final approval of who writes the statements. If you have any questions or want to submit your interest in writing a statement, please contact Michael Hoysic, Human Resources Manager, at GreenStar's Admin Offices or the Bylaws Review Committee Chair, 12th Moon, or at 607.342.7878.

Paper copies of the Proposed Amendments to the Bylaws are also available at the Member Centers in each store. 


Council's Working Retreat on Policy Governance

Council - Special News

Tuesday, 02 August 2011 16:42

By 12th Moon, 

Council President

bigstock_Group_Of_Mixed_HandsLast December, after a long process, Council decided to change our governance system to one utilizing the Policy Governance model. We also chose to join the Cooperative Board Leadership Development (CBLD) program offered by Cooperative Development Services (CDS) of the National Cooperative Grocers Association (NCGA), an organization formed in the 1990s by individual co-ops across America coming together to share information and experiences — to cooperate with each other. CBLD offers orientations, training materials and services to co-op boards on a wide range of subjects.

CBLD assigned Art Sherwood, from Bloomingfoods Co-op in Indiana, as our consultant for the program and we have been conducting monthly phone conferences with him, as well as holding a special Council meeting using the materials they have provided to us, to prepare for our authoring of GreenStar's new policies. To that end we held a weekend working retreat with Art during July 8-10.

Read more: Council's Working Retreat on Policy Governance


Council Moving Toward Fall Bylaws Vote

Council - Special News

Tuesday, 02 August 2011 16:24

By Michael Hoysic, 
Bylaws Review Committee

In the July GreenLeaf, the Bylaws Review Committee (BRC) discussed the proposed bylaws changes that we presented at the June Council meeting. At the July Council meeting, the BRC presented another batch of proposed bylaws changes. The BRC will review all of the feedback we have received from Council and plan to have the Committee's final proposed changes presented for a Council vote at the August Council meeting. Those changes will then be presented to the members for a vote in October 2011.

The proposed bylaws items have been organized into sets, which is how they will be presented to the membership for a vote. These are the proposed sets, with brief descriptions of their bylaws subject (language in quotes is actual proposed text):

Read more: Council Moving Toward Fall Bylaws Vote

Council Hires New GM, Considers Bylaws Changes and Addresses Referendum Petition

Council - Council News

Tuesday, 02 August 2011 16:22

By 12th Moon,
Council President

Eric12MoonCouncil met in The Space for our July 12 meeting to, among other things, select a new General Manager for GreenStar after coming together over the weekend to participate in a working retreat, writing new policies using the Policy Governance model adopted by Council last December (see my Council Retreat Report on page 6). I'm pleased to announce that Council has selected Brandon Kane, GreenStar's Store Manager for the past six years and Interim General Manager for the past year, as our new General Manager. See the article on page 1 for more about Brandon and his vision for GreenStar.

We started off our meeting with the monthly report from Brandon. We heard that a new AC unit has been installed on the West-End store, helping our refrigeration units to operate more efficiently and improving the level of comfort for staff and shoppers during the hot summer days we have been experiencing. We also learned that a small reset is planned to improve services at our Oasis store, that the monthly case lot sales will be conducted on the 10th of the month to coincide with the 10% on the 10th sales days, and that both stores are switching from biodegradable shopping bags to ones that are compostable. Brandon also informed us of an ongoing cooperative relationship he has made with the General Manager at Weaver's Way Co-op in the Philadelphia area. They have been working on many projects similar to ours, such as expansion, establishing an affiliate working toward resolving local food justice issues, changing their governance system to Policy Governance and looking to improve the local distribution network of local farm and food production to consumers.

Read more: Council Hires New GM, Considers Bylaws Changes and Addresses Referendum Petition


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