Council Sets Bylaws Election Period of Oct. 15-Nov. 15; Approves Council Compensation

Council - Council News

Saturday, 01 October 2011 22:55

By 12th Moon,

Council President

11-5-12thMoon-72dpiMeeting in "The Space" on Sept. 13, Council approved eight items from our agenda, six unanimously, and tabled another two items, one for clarification and one because of a lack of time. As was noted while we considered a draft of the Council 2012 budget, it has been a great assistance to have our own location available for our Council, committee and membership meetings, providing adequate parking, consistency of location and an estimated savings of a thousand dollars just for room rentals.


Our General Manager (GM), Brandon Kane, was away attending a national GM meeting in Massachusetts, but his monthly report showed the stores doing well, with Oasis recording an impressive customer count that approached half that seen at the West-End store for one week as students returned. It was noted that our staff performed exceedingly well during a viral attack to our main computers, which disabled our discount system at the registers and generally wreaked havoc for two days. Many thanks to all of our customers who took the inconveniences well, to our great Customer Service staff and especially to Jeremy and Jonathan, our Information Services troopers, for a couple of way long hard days.

In preparation for fulfilling our goal of expanding our main store to a larger one owned and built by us, we next discussed contract negotiations with the National Cooperative Grocers Association Development Cooperative (NCGA/DC). Unfortunately, negotiations regarding an agreement with NCGA/DC to assist us with all phases of our expansion projects had not been resolved in time for our meeting (for further information please see the Council News column in September's GreenLeaf). A major expansion project will take us years to complete, and a certain urgency exists to get the process started before current opportunities change. To that end I will be calling for an Immediacies Committee meeting in conjunction with our regularly scheduled Executive Planning Committee meeting in September with the hopes that our questions will have been answered and negotiations resolved.

Read more: Council Sets Bylaws Election Period of Oct. 15-Nov. 15; Approves Council Compensation


Council Denies Petition for Membership Vote

Council - Council News

Wednesday, 31 August 2011 20:52

By 12th Moon, 

Council President

At its Aug. 9 meeting, Council voted against allowing a member petition to go to a membership vote. The petition, as submitted to Council by member Christopher Jones, read as follows:

Financial Disclosure Bylaw

All shareholders (member-owners) upon written request are to be issued (within a reasonable time period) photo copies of the following financial documents:

1. Tax returns (current year and previous years)

2. Bank Statements (current year) (no account nos.)

3. Payroll Information (position salary amounts of Staff, Managers, Board of directors (w/Stipend amounts, etc.) and any other persons employed by GS Cooperative Market Inc. (individual names withheld)

4. List of current of active shareholders (member-owners) with email address included (shareholders may omit email address if so desired)

5. Receipts (operating expenses, Utilities, monthly rent, mortgage payments, food products, and any other items sold at GS Cooperative Market Inc.

A reasonable fee may be rendered for retrieval and photocopy (or paperless email) of financial documents.

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Council Sends Bylaws Changes to Fall Vote; Member Meetings Scheduled for October

Council - Council News

Wednesday, 31 August 2011 19:54

By 12th Moon, 

Council President

11-5-12thMoon-72dpiMeeting in The Space on Tuesday, Aug. 9, with all fourteen members present, Council worked through a long list of agenda items, usually voting unanimously. This was the last meeting for both Victoria Demchak and Aaron Nichols, who are relocating to Portland, OR, and with much thanks and appreciation we recognized them for their service to our co-op during their tenure and wished them well in their travels and new environment. (Council now has three open seats that could be filled by Council appointment; see ad on p. 5.)

Through a national cooperative connection, some of us had learned that earlier that morning a tragic event happened at the Brattleboro Food Co-op in Brattleboro, VT. Their Store Manager, Michael Martin, whom some of us remember from the national Consumer Cooperative Management Association conference this year, was shot to death by a coworker at the co-op. Council and staff members present spent a few minutes in silent meditation sending healing energy and love to our sister co-op and the whole Brattleboro community. I ask that you also take a moment to send positive thoughts for their healing.

Read more: Council Sends Bylaws Changes to Fall Vote; Member Meetings Scheduled for October


Bylaws Changes Go to Vote

Council - Special News

Wednesday, 31 August 2011 19:12

By Michael Hoysic, 

Bylaws Review Committee Member

At its Aug. 9 meeting, Council approved the proposed bylaws changes presented by the Bylaws Review Committee. The membership must now vote on these proposed changes. The voting period has been set as Oct. 1-30.

In order to help familiarize members with the proposed changes, there will be a number of informational opportunities over the next two months. The changes are posted on our website ( and as hard copies in both store locations. The two versions available include one with just the changes and another with the changes incorporated into the current bylaws. There will be an educational session (date yet to be set) that will provide an opportunity to learn more about and discuss the changes. The Fall Member Mailing, which will arrive in members' homes in early October, will contain the proposed changes, pro and con statements, and pertinent voting information. The Fall Membership meeting on Friday, Oct. 21 will offer an explanation of the changes, pro and con statements, and more opportunity for discussion.

Read more: Bylaws Changes Go to Vote


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.


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