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

Council - Special News

Tuesday, 05 October 2010 01:29

By Jan Rhodes Norman & Art Godin, 

Councilmembers   

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)

Council - Special News

Tuesday, 05 October 2010 01:28

By Dan Hoffman,
Councilmember

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

Council - Council News

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).

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Council Ponders Options for Governance

Council - Special News

Friday, 03 September 2010 15:21

By 12th Moon,

Council President

Much has changed since GreenStar became a cooperative corporation almost 28 years ago. Members of our co-op worked hard to write our bylaws and to develop an organizational system that reflected our members’ wants and needs while successfully operating a cooperative natural foods store. Our co-op has grown substantially over the years, becoming far more complex, and likewise our governance vehicle, which is our Policy Book, has grown to the bursting.

During the last few years many issues have been identified that Council has had difficulty addressing. These include hiring and keeping a GM, defining the lines of authority between the GM and Council, too many items on our agendas and less time to discuss them than we’d like, recruitment of candidates for Council elections, orientation/training of new Councilmembers, and how to hold individual Councilmembers accountable for their performance.

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Council Ponders Options for Governance

Council - Special News

Friday, 03 September 2010 15:21

By 12th Moon,

Council President

Much has changed since GreenStar became a cooperative corporation almost 28 years ago. Members of our co-op worked hard to write our bylaws and to develop an organizational system that reflected our members’ wants and needs while successfully operating a cooperative natural foods store. Our co-op has grown substantially over the years, becoming far more complex, and likewise our governance vehicle, which is our Policy Book, has grown to the bursting.

During the last few years many issues have been identified that Council has had difficulty addressing. These include hiring and keeping a GM, defining the lines of authority between the GM and Council, too many items on our agendas and less time to discuss them than we’d like, recruitment of candidates for Council elections, orientation/training of new Councilmembers, and how to hold individual Councilmembers accountable for their performance.

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