Council Approves Living Wage Amount and 
2014-15 Council Calendar/Workplan

Council - Council News

Friday, 02 May 2014 15:21

By 12th Moon, 

Council President

11-5-12thMoon-72dpiCouncil held our monthly meeting on Tuesday, April 8 in The Classrooms @ GreenStar with ten of our thirteen members, five staff members, two member-owners, and a very sweet and cute three-month-old present. Our number on Council has been reduced to thirteen after Colin Meeks, one of two staff members on Council, resigned for personal reasons. Many thanks for your contributions while on Council, Colin; we will miss your input.

During our announcements period we learned that Ithaca is a very busy place. On Thursday, April 10, as an example, Council held a Member Forum in the West-End store meeting room, while GreenStar Community Projects held their eighth networking dinner/meeting — this one focused on local food business entrepreneurs, and Building Bridges hosted a presentation by two organizers from Virginia Tech who explained the college's Civic Agriculture and Food Systems minor program. Our Spring Membership Meeting was also set to be held on Friday, April 25.

General Manager (GM) Brandon Kane brought the first item of business, the monthly GM Report. Brandon reported that staff was all moved into the new Central Kitchen and Bakery, working out the kinks and stretching out into a beautiful new space, and would soon be finalizing catering offerings and The Space @ GreenStar rental specifics. He also told us to expect to see a member-owner survey offered on our website and at both stores during May. Participants can win one of three $150 gift certificates. He also said that a reusable bag program called Bring Your Own Bag, Use It For Good would begin at both stores in April. This program promotes the use of reusable shopping bags, boxes, or other containers. Those who reuse a bag at the register are offered a wooden token worth a five-cent donation to one of three local non-profits. Brandon expressed much appreciation to all staff for both the group effort to move into the new kitchen and their continued involvement in the Open Book Management weekly meetings and trainings.

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2014-15 Council Calendar/Workplan


Vote in April's Council Election

Council - Announcements

Thursday, 03 April 2014 18:49

By Dan Hoffman,

Council Member and Governance Committee Chair

ballot-boxOnce every year, GreenStar's member-owners have the opportunity to select people who will represent them by serving on the Co-op's governing body — which we call the Council. The annual Council election — which fills at least one-third of the seats on the board — occurs throughout the month of April, and member-owners can vote at either store, by mail, or in person at the Co-op's Annual Meeting on April 25.

This year, there will be six candidates on the ballot — including three incumbents running for re-election (designated with asterisks below) and three member-owners who haven't previously served on the Council (or one of its committees):








The five candidates who receive the most votes will each win full, three-year terms on Council. The sixth-place finisher will receive a one-year term (filling out the remainder of the term of former Council Member Angela Zhang, who resigned in February). It's possible to add write-in candidates to your ballot, but the only write-ins qualified to be elected are those who publicly declare their candidacies by March 31 (before voting starts). As of late-March, one write-in candidate had declared — Robert Rhea, former Council Member and Treasurer.



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Council Extends West-End Lease; Begins General Manager Evaluation Process

Council - Council News

Thursday, 03 April 2014 18:47

By 12th Moon, 

Council President

11-5-12thMoon-72dpiCouncil held its monthly meeting on Tuesday, March 11 in the Classrooms @ GreenStar, with twelve of fourteen Council Members, five employees, and one member-owner present. Council has had a full contingent of fifteen members until recently, when Angela Zhang resigned for personal reasons. We will miss her contributions to Council, but as you will read later she has applied for a Member-at-Large seat on our Finance Committee, where she has served for the last two years.

After agenda review and announcements we received the General Manager's monthly report from our GM, Brandon Kane. Brandon informed us of the schedule for the transition to the new central kitchen facility. We have received the Certificate of Occupancy for the building, and staff will be training on new equipment, then moving into the new space very soon. We expect that obtaining the needed licensing for the Community Room/Space @ GreenStar will take a few more weeks. By May we should be able to rent the Space out for events. Brandon also reported that the work being done by staff doesn't stop there, as plans are being made for renovating the Classrooms and then reconfiguring the Dewitt Mall store and the Deli/former classroom area of the West-End store.

Brandon updated us on the Open Book Management implementation progress. He reported that staff members across departments are engaged in the necessary financial training, and the weekly meetings have fostered a positive understanding of the relationship between departments and of their labor and financial differences. The report also showed the continuing success of the FLOWER program and the well-received U-Pick 10% Off member appreciation day.

We next received the GM's B.1 4th Quarter and Year-End 2013 Financial report. We accepted the report as being in compliance with policy. The report showed that GreenStar is healthy and stable even with all of the renovations, kitchen design, and furnishing expenses. We ended 2013 with gross sales of $18.25 million. Job well done, staff.

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2014 Elections Home

Council - Announcements

Wednesday, 02 April 2014 16:47


Download the 2014 Spring Mailing for state of the Co-op reports, election and voting materials and more....

2014 GreenStar Spring Mailing Cover

New Staff Support Person Selected for GSCP

Council - Announcements

Friday, 28 February 2014 16:09

By Dan Hoffman,

GSCP Board Member

hollypayneGreenStar Community Projects (or GSCP, the Co-op's non-profit affiliate) recently announced its choice to fill the group's Staff Support position, which has been vacant since October. Holly Payne, a long-time resident of the Ithaca area and GreenStar member-owner, was hired from among more than 30 applicants, and started the job in February. Holly has also worked for Cooperative Extension, the Cayuga Watershed Network, and Building Bridges, and has worked in both Chile and Mexico.

Holly will assist GSCP with its efforts to build an ongoing network of organizations, businesses, and individuals in Tompkins County that are working to make our food system more locally based, more sustainable, and more equitable. She brings experience with grant writing and administration to help expand the organization's funding base.

Stay tuned for a more detailed update of GSCP's recent efforts and plans, and more about Holly Payne, in a future issue of GreenLeaf.


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