Thursday, 02 July 2015 06:53
By 12th Moon,
Council met in the Classrooms @ GreenStar on Tuesday, June 9 with ten Council Members, one Council Member-elect, five staff members (one, a Staff Advisory Board member), and four member-owners present. After some clarification regarding an agenda item and announcements we moved on to our business items.
The General Manager's monthly report came first with GM Brandon Kane reporting that, after a slow start to sales for the year, things are picking up and we are now matching budget. We hope that continued growth will bring us back in line with the projections for 2015. Brandon told us that both the new Member Deals and Flash Sales programs were meeting with member approval and continue to be a way to offer best prices to our member-owners. He also reported that a chalkboard has been mounted to the east wall of the West-End store that gives the number of local products we're carrying — currently 3,700 plus — and which will be updated weekly.
Brandon reported that much of his time lately has been dedicated to the financing of our planned Collegetown location and refinancing the annex, Central Kitchen, and Space building to allow us to install a large array of solar panels this year. GreenStar has applied to be a vendor at this year's Magnaball Festival in Watkins Glen in August — this will be our first foray into the concept of a pop-up co-op store. The construction of the Waterfront Trail is progressing but not without disrupting the traffic flow between Court and Buffalo Streets. Prior access that is now blocked by the construction has meant that people driving through are now on our side of the fencing between our building and Corks and More, creating a hazard for our staff as the entrance to our kitchen opens directly onto this route. Joy Mathews of Facilities staff has been working hard at the raised flower beds at the West-End store and added large flower pots around the Classrooms and the Space to help beautify our grounds. The DeWitt location has a new air conditioner to help cool the store and equipment.
Wednesday, 03 June 2015 01:50
By 12th Moon,
Council met Tuesday, May 12 at the Classrooms @ GreenStar for our monthly meeting with all thirteen Council Members, two newly elected but not-yet-seated Council Members, five staff members, and a number of member-owners interested in a member-initiated petition to conduct a referendum vote regarding having GreenStar halt the sale of certain products from Israel and/or from specific companies associated with the conflict in Gaza and the West Bank (see below and Council's Message to Membership on this page for more on this).
After our introductions and statement of preparedness, we made an agenda amendment to add an item to our agenda for the evening, and then heard announcements. We then heard comments from a few members relevant to the petition.
The General Manager's (GM) monthly report came as our first order of business. Our GM, Brandon Kane, reported that the improvements at the DeWitt location, covering the stairway to the basement and opening up floor space as a result, have been very well received by members and staff alike. Brandon reported that Erik Amos, our new Finance Manager, and Matt McLaren, our new Central Kitchen Manager, are now familiar with their new positions and have been incorporated into the Area Supervisors Team. Brandon informed us that he had been asked to be part of a panel presentation at next month's annual national Consumer Cooperative Management Association (CCMA) conference. This will be the third year in a row that GreenStar has been asked to present at the CCMA conference; we must be doing something well. Brandon will be presenting our Fresh Local Organic Within Everyone's Reach (FLOWER) program and speaking about our diversity and inclusion efforts.
Friday, 01 May 2015 21:33
By 12th Moon,
Council held its monthly meeting on April 14 in the Classrooms @ GreenStar with eleven of fourteen Council Members, three staff, and three Council candidates in attendance. After introductions, Council Members' statements of preparedness, and announcements, we moved to our first item of business: the General Manager's (GM) monthly report.
GM Brandon Kane reported that the Member Deals program is being well received by members and the addition of Flash Sales, offering reduced prices on items until supply runs out, has extended our ability to offer even better deals.
Brandon expects the closing documents for a loan from the Cooperative Fund of New England (CFNE) to be ready for our May Council meeting. We're borrowing from CFNE to outfit the Collegetown store with needed equipment and fixtures. Brandon also reported that investigations were initiated to determine if we could refinance the annex building and install a large array of solar panels on the roof. After eleven years at the DeWitt location, the enclosure over the stairway to the basement was removed, and a register relocated to the rear entrance into the mall. This should improve the flow of customers, offer a little more floor space, and add security and convenience to the rear entrance.
- Council Meeting Report: Council Approves Amended Collegetown Lease, Authorizes Funds for Solar Array
- Council Meeting Report: Council Appoints New Member; Selects Tellers for April Election
- Council Meeting Report: Council Appoints New Member; Approves Hiring Collegetown Consultant
- Council Meeting Report: Council Seeks Candidates for April Elections; Approves 2015 Budget
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￼A Message to the Membership of GreenStar Co-op from Its Council, On the Decision to Reject a Referendum on Boycotting Goods from Israel13.05.15Read more...
On May 12th, GreenStar's Council (board of directors) voted to reject moving the referendum sought by the Committee for Justice in Palestine forward for a binding vote by our Membership. The proposed referendum called for one or more boycotts by the Co-op of certain Israeli companies and/or products. The Co-op's Bylaws establish the right of members to initiate petitions for referenda, and require Council to review all proposed referenda to ensure they are fiscally and legally responsible, and consistent with the Bylaws.
Out of 581 total ballots, 49 were invalid (39 no ID at all, 1 voted for 10, 1 second ballot, 2 not members and 5 came late in the mail). 532 Valid ballots - less one empty envelope
Elected for 3 year terms:
1- Liz Coakley = 407
2- Trisica Munroe = 391
3- Jan Rhodes Norman = 362
4- Krys Cail = 351
5- Stefan Jirka = 337
For a one year terms:
6- Susan Beckley = 335
7/8-- Eric Banford = 329
7/8 - Patrice Anthony =329
9- Kristen Kaplan = 291
10- Walter Hollien = 216
11- Deborah Moore = 122
Special thanks to Laura Buttenbaum, Ellen Brown and Brian Henehan.
By Alexis Alexander,
In response to several requests, I am happy to announce that we're offering a new information session for member-owners and nonmember customers this summer, called Co-operative Enterprise 101. Membership Administrator Laura Buttenbaum, who developed a similar and well-received training for staff this past fall, will lead the session. Join us for one of two scheduled sessions on Thursday, July 9 or Monday, August 24. Classes will run from 7 to 9 pm in the Classrooms @ GreenStar. If you're interested but unable to attend this summer, stay tuned: additional sessions will be scheduled this fall.
Co-op Enterprise 101 aims to educate and empower our member-owners in all thi...