Council News November 2010

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Tuesday, 02 November 2010 13:22

Council Addresses 2011 Budget; Continues to Discuss 700 W. Buffalo

By 12th Moon,
Council President

Council held its regular monthly meeting October 12 with fewer than the normal number of agenda items, some of which led to lengthy discussions. The meeting started with an announcement by our Treasurer, long-time Councilmember Arthur Godin, that he will resign from Council at the end of this year so that he may devote more of his time to his family, his work and to his creative career as a talented musician. It goes without saying that we will sorely miss his experienced perspective and calm, even approach. Much thanks and best wishes to Art for his input over the years and to his future adventures; we’ll miss you, if we can’t convince you to change your mind.

Next a request was voiced by a member present for Council and staff to look toward ways to include more of a diverse population in our staff, our membership and our shoppers, with an acknowledgement that the newly-initiated “FLOWER” discount program was a positive step in that direction.

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2010 Council Self-Evaluation

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Thursday, 14 October 2010 09:50

Summary Report on GreenStar Council’s 2010 Self-Evaluation

According to our policies, GreenStar’s Council is supposed to “monitor and regularly discuss” its own performance.  For the past three years, we have used a standard self-evaluation process including an  annual questionnaire and discussions with Kirby Edmonds of TFC Associates.  This report to the Membership summarizes the methods of the questionnaire, its results as analyzed by Kirby, and the findings adopted by Council.  Full questionnaire results and Kirby’s analysis are available to members upon request or contacting the member center at the West End store.

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How Should Council Govern GreenStar? (Norman and Godin Respond)

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Tuesday, 05 October 2010 01:29

By Jan Rhodes Norman & Art Godin, 


GreenStar has come a long way from our humble beginnings in 1971, when being a member meant involvement in all facets of running our co-op. Given that history, it’s not surprising that we still have a tendency to step in and take charge of things. However, we are a vastly different co-op now. With 150 employees and over $13 million in sales, it takes skill and expertise to guide us through uncertain economic times. We are fortunate to have a strong management team that knows how to do just that.

Over the years, GreenStar’s Council (our term for our Board of Directors) has gone through growing pains along with our co-op. As the Co-op has evolved, we’ve been called upon to ask ourselves, “What is Council’s job? What is expected of us and what are the boundaries between Council and staff?”

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How Should Council Govern GreenStar? (Hoffman Responds)

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Tuesday, 05 October 2010 01:28

By Dan Hoffman,

The cooperative we know today as GreenStar was created almost 40 years ago, to meet a basic need -— good food at reasonable prices — in a way that was community-controlled, democratic and empowering to its participants. While GreenStar has grown, evolved and prospered, the Co-op’s basic, core values have been consistently reaffirmed since then by our Membership.

The current debate about how GreenStar should be governed touches on these basic values. The challenge, as I see it, is: How can we further improve the ways Co-op leadership is exercised, while ensuring that our enterprise remains economically viable and reflects our multiple values, and while maintaining our strong commitment to democratic operation and active member engagement?

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Council News October, 2010

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Tuesday, 05 October 2010 01:21

Council Addresses Governance; Discusses Use of New Property

By 12th Moon, 

Council President

At our regular monthly meeting on September 14, Council, after working through our agenda and hearing from a special guest, adjourned ten minutes early. Really, that’s big news.

The Interim General Manager’s (IGM) monthly report was our first item on the agenda. We heard from IGM Brandon Kane about plans to make improvements at both stores, clean up the property we now own at 700 West Buffalo Street, initiate improvements to our recycling and composting, as well as supporting a local television show entitled “Get Foodie” that will air on PEGASYS local access and online. Look for a link on this GreenStar web site. We also learned that GreenStar welcomed 230 new members last month. Hello, welcome, and we hope to see you all at our Fall Membership Meeting to be held at the Women’s Community Building on West Seneca Street, from 6 to 8:30 pm on Oct. 21 (see the agenda below).

Read more: Council News October, 2010


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