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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Save the Date — Earth Day Member Meeting

Council - Special News

Friday, 15 April 2011 17:33

By Ethan Winn,

Membership Committee Chair

11-03-29-spring-meeting-smLet me just say: this year's Spring Annual Membership Meeting is going to be awesome! We hope that you will join us for an evening that will showcase the best of what GreenStar has to offer: delicious food, democratic decision making, a connection with local food producers, great Ithaca music, and, of course, a fantastic community. Celebrate Earth Day with our Co-op community in our new building on April 22, starting at 5:30 pm.

As we on Council's Membership Committee read over the feedback from last year's Fall Meeting, it was clear that it was time to shake some things up. Our tireless Membership Manager, Alexis Alexander, reached out to other co-ops, GreenStar staff and membership and brought back the best ideas for creating fun and engaging meetings. Over the past few months, the Membership Committee has crafted an event that brings out the best of the GreenStar community, and I think I speak for all of us when I say that we are proud of the result.

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Council News-March 2011

Council - Council News

Friday, 15 April 2011 17:27

Council Sets Spring Meeting Agenda; Discusses Proposal for New GM Job Description

By 12th Moon,
Council President

Eric12Moon(72dpi)Council held its February meeting on the eighth of the month. We made twelve unanimous decisions regarding nine items on our agenda, and managed to adjourn early.

At the beginning of our meeting, the Governance & Monitoring Committee and the Marketing Department staff were recognized for having made special efforts this year to reach out to our member-owners with new recruitment information and a Question and Answer Session to explain how and why to become a candidate for Council in our annual April election.

Read more: Council News-March 2011

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.

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