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Want to Be on Council? Act by March 1!

Council - Special News

Friday, 11 February 2011 20:47

By Dan Hoffman,

Council Member

Some very important decisions about GreenStar are going to be made in the coming months. Who will be hired as our new General Manager, and what will be his or her style and background? What will the Co-op decide to do with the property we purchased at 700 West Buffalo Street? Will it be used for a new, larger store, or for some other cooperative purpose? And what will GreenStar's new governance system (based on the Policy Governance model) actually look like? How will it affect our stores and our members?

GreenStar's elected Council (our board of directors) will be in the thick of grappling with and answering these big, exciting questions. And you, dear member, could be a central part of it, by becoming a candidate for Council in the election coming up in April. If you want to be on the ballot, you need to submit a Declaration of Candidacy form by March 1.

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Council Looks Forward to Challenges Ahead in 2011; Seeks Candidates for Election

Council - Council News

Friday, 11 February 2011 20:40

By 12th Moon,
Council President

As the snow started to fall on January 11, Council began our first regular monthly meeting of the year. It was a credit to the work that Council accomplished in 2010 that we had a light agenda of items to address for the evening, that our last agenda item was the process of updating our Policy Books with all of the changes generated by our actions over the last six months, and that we were able to adjourn the meeting early.

The Interim General Manager’s (IGM) report also reflected the process of ending one year and beginning another. As our managers compile the financial information and other data relevant to assessing the Co-op’s progress during 2010, they are planning many projects and improvements for 2011, while also preparing for the annual membership renewal season and continuing to explore various uses of our 700 West Buffalo property.

Read more: Council Looks Forward to Challenges Ahead in 2011; Seeks Candidates for Election

Council Approves Policy Governance; Elects New Treasurer

Council - Council News

Friday, 31 December 2010 19:00


By 12th Moon,
Council President

Eric12Moon(72dpi)Council ended 2010 by deciding on a course for 2011. At our last meeting of the year, held Dec. 14 at Cooperative Extension, we completed business of the past year as we identified ambitious goals for the coming year. We also said goodbyes and expressed appreciations to our departing Councilmember and Treasurer, Art Godin, and our Board Administrator, Betsy Appleton.

Read more: Council Approves Policy Governance; Elects New Treasurer

 

Council News December 2010

Council - Council News

Tuesday, 30 November 2010 14:47

Council Discusses, Postpones Policy Governance Decision

By 12th Moon, 

Council President

Meeting November 9, Council addressed most business on our agenda, met the recently-hired Program Director of our affiliate organization, GreenStar Community Projects, Inc. (GSCP) and once again discussed, deliberated, debated and further delayed any final decision on our future governance system, arguably the most important issue facing us for more than a year now.

At the beginning of the meeting I read into the record a petition received from a member for a bylaws revision regarding “Financial Disclosure” of a list of documents and information to be made available to any member upon request. The petition was given to the Membership Committee to start the process of verification of member signatures, the first step when Council receives a member-initiated petition. It was determined that there were not enough verifiable member signatures to go forward with the process and the petition was returned to the petitioner, having garnered only 23 of the necessary 40 (at the time, now 100 under our new bylaws revision) signatures.

Read more: Council News December 2010

Bylaws Change Vote Results

Council - Special News

Thursday, 04 November 2010 10:48

MEMBER VOTE ON THE BYLAWS CHANGES - SETS 1-9
229 valid ballots received
 
Must pass by 2/3 or 153 votes
 
Set 1.) NAME OF THE COOPERATIVE (AND REFERENCES TO IT)
217 yes; 8 no; 2 blank - passes

Set 2.) COUNCIL COMPOSITION
146 yes; 80 no; 3 blank - does not pass


Set 3.) COUNCIL ELECTIONS
211 yes; 16 no; 2 blank - passes

Set 4.) THRESHOLD FOR MEMBER INITIATIVES;  MEMBERSHIP MEETING QUORUM; MINIMUM NUMBER OF VALID VOTES REQUIRED
202 yes; 25 no; 2 blank - passes

Set 5.) NOTICES TO MEMBERS; ABSENTEE VOTING
218 yes; 10 no; 1 blank - passes

Set 6.) COUNCIL/MEMBERSHIP AUTHORITY
203 yes; 23 no; 3 blank - passes

Set 7.) BYLAWS AMENDMENTS, REFERENDA AND MEMBERSHIP MEETING ACTIONS
214 yes; 12 no; 3 blank - passes

Set 8.) REMOVAL OF COUNCIL MEMBERS
213 yes; 11 no; 5 blank - passes

Set 9.) COUNCIL COMPENSATION
185 yes; 27 no; 7 blank - passes
 
Validation and counting of ballots occurred on the evening of November 4th 2010, with the following tellers present:
 
Aaron Nichols  (Assistant Head Teller)
Bob Rhea
Victoria Demchak
Ethan Winn

 

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