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Council Meeting Report: Council Seeks Candidates for April Elections; Approves 2015 Budget

Thursday, 01 January 2015 16:34

By 12th Moon,

Council President

11-5-12thMoon-72dpiCouncil held its last meeting of the year on Tuesday, Dec. 9 in the Classrooms @ GreenStar with nine of our twelve Council Members, four staff, and three member-owners in attendance. Also present, and taking minutes, were our new and our outgoing Board Administrators (BAs).

After introductions, including statements of preparedness by Council Members, and announcements, we received the monthly General Manager's (GM) report. Brandon Kane, our GM, first shared appreciations for the work staff has been doing in the stores and behind the scenes, noting that the Space rental and catering menu information was now available on our website (www.greenstar.coop/catering-menu) and that very attractive flyers conveying the same information had been printed and made available. Brandon also mentioned that many people will have the opportunity to see the Space on Saturdays during the first three months of 2015, as the Winter Farmers Market will again be held there.

Brandon reported that new architectural drawings of the redesigned proposed Collegetown building are expected soon and that three different store-layout and equipment-design firms will be asked for quotes. Staff has drafted a preliminary store layout plan in preparation. The DeWitt store is currently making changes to utilize the area where the office used to be, and they plan to have a register by the rear door in 2015. Staff is also looking into the feasibility of covering over the stairway in the middle of the store. Lastly, Brandon reminded us that the U-Pick 10% program would end on Dec. 31, 2014 and that the new Member Deals sales would start on Friday, Jan. 2 (the store is closed Thursday, Jan. 1).

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Council Meeting Report: Meat Referendum Vote Certified, Stores' Budget Discussed

Monday, 01 December 2014 01:47

By 12th Moon,
Council President

11-5-12thMoon-72dpiCouncil held its monthly meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 11 in the Classrooms @ GreenStar with ten of our twelve Council Members, four staff members, two GreenStar member-owners, our newly hired Board Administrator (BA), Kara Cusolito, and our outgoing BA, Alexis Self, who has taken a position in the Marketing Department. Welcome, Kara, and thank you for joining us, and thank you, Alexis, for the great job you've done.

We added an item to our agenda in place of a Policy Book update, which was not done in order to allow our new BA to be trained in the process.

The General Manager's (GM) monthly report came next. Our GM, Brandon Kane, said that he is now certain that October was our busiest event month, with our Fall Membership Meeting, two Member Forums, two All-Staff meetings, and an Open House at the Space @ GreenStar, which showcased our public space and catering menu. October also saw the completion of the 2015 Budget, start of the annual Staff Survey, and design of the Collegetown store, as well as preparation for introducing the new Member Deals program in Jan. 2015 (see p. 1 for more details). Brandon also reported that we have a five-year contract as the sole sponsor of the scoreboard at the Cass Park rink, which now clearly displays the GreenStar logo.

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Council Seeks Additional Members — 
Join Us in Serving the Co-op

Sunday, 02 November 2014 02:22

By 12th Moon,

Council President

11-5-12thMoon-72dpiOn Tuesday, Oct. 14, Council met for our regular monthly meeting at the Classrooms @ GreenStar with ten of twelve Council Members, five staff members, and two member-owners present.

After introductions, we added an item to our agenda for the night, a letter of agreement with the Cooperative Fund of New England to enter into a loan agreement with them next year to launch the Collegetown location. We then heard announcements and, as there were no member comments, moved on to the monthly General Manager's (GM) report.

GM Brandon Kane reported that he and the Co-op's management team have been compiling the 2015 budget, including a ten-year projected plan. The plans have been reviewed by lending institutions and representatives of the risk management team at the National Cooperative Grocers association (NCG), with all finding the plan to be acceptable to exceptional. A key component of the business plan in 2015 is the transition to a Member Deals program from the current U-Pick 10% Off program. (You can read more about the change on p. 1.)

Because of the recent bankruptcy of an eastern corridor co-op, the NCG is tightening its monitoring of the health of member co-ops. Lack of communication between NCG and the board and management of this co-op was a contributing factor to its failure. The NCG has historically communicated only with co-op management when expressing concern regarding the health of a member cooperative. In the future, the Board President of a cooperative will also be directly informed of any concerns of the NCG. This significantly lowers the potential liability of each member cooperative in the event of the financial failure of an individual cooperative.

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  • By Dan Hoffman,
    
Governance Committee Chair

    How often do you have the chance to serve on the board of directors for a $20 million-a-year business, and to be a representative of over 10,000 member-owners of the enterprise?

    That's the opportunity coming up soon for GreenStar members, as the Co-op prepares for its 34th annual Council election, in April. To appear on the ballot, a candidate must submit a written Declaration of Candidacy by March 1. Now is the time ...

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Next Council Meeting

Tuesday, January 13,
6:30 - 9:30 pm

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

Members always welcome!

Possible Agenda Items:

 

  • GM's Monthly Report
  • Plan Annual Spring 
Membership Meeting
  • Monitor Policies C.0 Global Governance and D.0 Global Council Management Connection
  • Select attendees to Co-op Cafe

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.

 

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