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Council Receives Reports and Annual Member Survey Results; Presents Council Budget

Wednesday, 01 October 2014 13:23

By 12th Moon, 

Council President

11-5-12thMoon-72dpiTuesday, Sept. 9, Council met in the Classrooms @ GreenStar for our regular monthly meeting with six of twelve Council Members, six staff, and three member-owners in attendance. We did not have enough Council Members present to reach quorum, which requires that a majority of those seated on Council be present. Hoping that one of those absent was just running late, as we knew that five people were out of town or had family matters to attend to, we proceeded with the meeting knowing that no formal decisions could be made without quorum.

After introductions and announcements, we received Brandon Kane's General Manager (GM) Monthly Report. Brandon told us that plans are in progress to add another express register to the West-End store and to make some changes to the DeWitt store's product selections and placement. As the Co-op's 2015 budget is being drafted, Brandon said that projections for next year's budget are being compiled with an eye on the progress of the proposed Collegetown Crossings development where a third GreenStar store may be located. If all goes well, we would be expecting to move into the store on College Avenue in July 2016.

Brandon further reported that it was recently discovered that a former GreenStar employee was responsible for theft estimated to be above $1,000. Staff was not able to accurately estimate the total loss at meeting time but it will be reported to Council when determined. Also, the Area Supervisors are considering partnering with the Rosie app to open an online store and delivery service of GreenStar products. Staff is currently evaluating the service. If it's endorsed by staff, it will be presented to Council for approval.

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Council Hosts Co-op Visitors; Approves DeWitt Location Name Change, Selects Tellers

Monday, 01 September 2014 15:36

By 12th Moon,

Council President

11-5-12thMoon-72dpiCouncil met on Tuesday, August 12 for our monthly meeting with nine of our twelve members present, five staff members, one member-owner, and three visitors from Syracuse. Our visitors were all board members of the Syracuse Real Foods Co-op who had come down earlier that afternoon to tour our West-End store, the Central Kitchen, and our community room, The Space @ GreenStar, and they stayed for the first part of the meeting to witness our process.

Our first item on the agenda was the monthly General Manager's (GM's) Report. GM Brandon Kane reported that the repaving project at the West-End store and the new customer restrooms have been completed and that upcoming plans are to add a new express register in the store. There are also plans to make some changes at our DeWitt location, with a reset to be accomplished by the holiday season. Brandon reported that some members have requested that we no longer carry products from Eden Foods as they are following the restrictions of health-care coverage that Hobby Lobby won in a Supreme Court case. While we may not agree with their decision, we also have to acknowledge that Eden Foods has been a leader in bringing BPA-free containers to the US. Rather than pull their products, management encourages our members to vote with their purchase dollars and buy products they do support.

Next, we discussed a proposal to change the name of our satellite store from GreenStar Oasis to GreenStar DeWitt. The rationale for a name change was twofold: first, that some people in the community did not recognize that it was part of the Co-op; and secondly, that as we look toward hopefully opening another satellite store in Collegetown, the geographic reference would consistently identify the different store locations while making it clear that each location is part of the GreenStar cooperative. The proposal had first come to Council at our June meeting, but a decision was held off until we could solicit feedback from our members about the change. As most of the responses were in favor of the change, we decided that we would call the location "GreenStar Co-op at DeWitt Mall" or a shorter derivative thereof.

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Council Approves Meat Referendum for October Vote; Elects 2014 Officers

Friday, 01 August 2014 17:01

By 12th Moon,

Council President

11-5-12thMoon-72dpiCouncil was in the dark for most of our meeting on Tuesday, July 8 as a storm took out power and blew down trees around town. We met in The Classrooms @ GreenStar with nine of twelve Council Members, three staff members, and our Board Administrator present. Through the threat of tornadoes and high winds we proceeded, moving high-priority items first, and managing to hang in and complete our agenda for the night.

First, we approved a proposal to bring a member-initiated referendum to our member-owners for a vote in October. The petition to conduct a referendum came to Council in May and, if approved by our members, would change some of the guidelines currently in place regarding the inspection of farms selling meat to GreenStar, as well as increase the mileage limit within which farms must be located in order to sell meat at the Co-op.

Next, we approved the content of our fall membership mailing and three membership meetings to be held in October. A Member Forum will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 pm on Thursday, Oct. 2 at The Space @ GreenStar for discussion of the above-mentioned referendum. An Open Mic meeting will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 pm on Tuesday, Oct. 7 in The Classrooms @ GreenStar as a venue for members to bring suggestions, comments, and ideas to Council's and staff's attention, and will give another opportunity to discuss the referendum. Our Fall Membership Meeting will take place from 5:30 to 9 pm on Friday, Oct. 17 at The Space.

Our annual officer elections, which had been postponed from last month, came next. Congratulations to Chris Negronida, our new Vice President, Bob Rhea, our new Treasurer, and Jessica Rossi, re-elected as Secretary. Thanks to my fellow Council Members for electing me as President again.

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  • By Dan Hoffman,
    Council Member

    14 10 mailingGreenStar members can vote during October of this year on whether or not to change a policy enacted by the membership in 2003 about what kind of meat the Co-op is permitted to sell.

    For the first two decades of its existence, the Co-op did not sell meat of any kind. Then, in 1992, member referendums approved the sale of certain types of fish and poultry. The following year, a different referendum allowed the sale of pet food containing meat. A de...

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Next Council Meeting

Tuesday, October 14,
6:30 - 9:30 pm

The Classrooms @ GreenStar
(Former Enterprise Building)
702 W. Buffalo St., Ithaca

Members always welcome!

Possible Agenda Items:

 

  • Receive GM’s 2nd Quarter Financial Report
  • GM’s Interpretations for Policy B.12 Sustainability
  • Voter Record Proposal
  • Proposed Decision Tree and Procedure for Receiving GM Monitoring Reports
  • Proposal to Join CBLD 2015
  • Proposed Council Action Plan
  • Proposed Council Self-Assessment 2014
  • Proposed Council 2015 Budget
  • Report from GSCP

NOTE: Agenda is tentative and subject to change. To confirm items, see actual agenda posted here and at the stores six days before the meeting.

 

Upcoming Council Events

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Governance Committee Meeting
Monday October 06, 06:00 PM

OCT
09

Membership Committee Meeting
Thursday October 09, 05:00 PM

OCT
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Regular Council Meeting
Tuesday October 14, 06:30 PM

OCT
16

Personnel Committee Meeting
Thursday October 16, 05:30 PM

OCT
28

Executive Planning Committee Meeting
Tuesday October 28, 05:30 PM

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