Serve on a Committee

GreenStar Co-op: Application/Nomination for At-Large Committee Seat

GreenStar's Council (board of directors) seeks applications from Co-op members in good standing interested in serving on any of our various committees. You may nominate yourself or another member.

Committees play a crucial role in providing research, preparation and recommendations for proposals and issues to be voted on by Council. Committees have seats for Council members, staff and other ("at-large") GreenStar members. Committee members earn a 10% discount on purchases for their work.

Brief Committee descriptions and responsibilities appear on the next pages of this form.

Council makes at-large appointments annually, in July, for one-year terms. (There are no term limits.)

Often there are vacant seats during the year that can also be filled by Council, if there are applicants.

Paper application/nomination forms may be submitted to the Customer Service desk at the West End store, submitted electronically below or call Dan Hoffman (273-1323).

Please indicate your preferences for a committee, and provide a Statement of Interest below indicating why you would like to serve and what experience or skills you would bring to the role.

If you have any questions about any of the committees, or about this application, please contact Governance Committee Chair, or call Dan Hoffman (273-1323).

GreenStar Council's Committees – Composition & Responsibilities

Standing Committees


Composition: at least 3 Council members (Treasurer is chair), 1 staff member, 3 at-large members (including at least 1 who is an accountant)


  • Overseeing the annual budgeting process,
  • Overseeing regular financial audits of the Co-op,
  • Overseeing annual review of Co-op's insurance coverage and other asset protections,
  • Recommending annual financial objectives, and
  • Reviewing and recommending changes to the Co-op's financial policies.




Composition: at least 3 Council members; 1 staff member; 3 at-large members


  • Overseeing annual Council elections,
  • Recruiting candidates for Council and committee positions,
  • Identifying possible training opportunities for Council members,
  • Overseeing Council's Policy Book, and
  • Developing proposed policies & procedures (when requested to do so by Council).


Composition: at least 3 Council members; 2 staff members; 4 at-large members


  • Promoting member participation in the Co-op,
  • Planning Membership meetings and mailings,
  • Facilitating interaction between Council and members,
  • Overseeing regular member surveys,Overseeing member referenda, and
  • - Maintaining contact with other co-ops.


Composition: at least 3 Council members; 1 Staff Advisory Board member; 2 at-large members (Human Resources Manager is ex officio member)


  • When needed, recruiting & screening candidates for General Manager,
  • Assisting Council with the annual performance evaluation of the GM,
  • Organizing regular staff/Council "retreats,"
  • Reviewing and recommending amendments to the Co-op's Personnel Policy,
  • Interpreting the Personnel Policy, when requested, and
  • Handling employee grievances.

Ad Hoc Committees:


Composition: 4 Council members; 3 staff members; up to 3 at-large members


  • Assisting Council in planning and preparing for the expansion of the Co-op
  • (additional satellite stores, larger main store, etc),
  • Providing feedback and support to General Manager on steps to implement expansion goals,
  • Creating a timetable for moving forward with timely decision-making.


Composition: 3 Council members, 2 staff members, 3 at-large members


  • Reviewing GreenStar's current bylaws and making recommendations (to Council) for revision,
  • Involving the Membership in the bylaws review process.


[GreenStar's first Ombuds Program began operating in early 2012.]

Composition: 2 Council members; 2 staff members (1 = management, 1 = non-management); at least 2 at-large members


  • Make recommendations to Council on Ombudsperson job description and contract, and other Program details;
  • Recruit candidates for Ombudsperson positions, review and evaluate applications, make recommendation on selection to Council
  • Provide oversight and assistance to Ombudspersons



This is a tax-exempt affiliate of GreenStar Co-op, with its own Board of Directors. Composition of Board: 1 member named by Co-op's Council; 1 member named by Co-op's General Manager; up to 7 at-large members (named by the affiliate's Board).

Purposes of Affiliate:

  • Provide information to public on cooperatives, healthful living, local self-reliance, self-sufficiency and community, ecological sustainability and/or social justice;
  • Initiate and/or support community projects that promote cooperatives, local self-reliance, self-sufficiency and community, ecological sustainability and/or social justice in ways that honor and enhance the socio-economic diversity of the projects and those intended to benefit from them.
  • GSCP sponsors the annual Food Justice Summit, and more frequent gathering for a Network of groups, businesses and individuals in Tompkins County working to strengthen the local food system.

Options for involvement:

  • Serve on the Board of Directors.
  • Serve on a committee (e.g., fundraising, networking) or help with a specific project or event.
  • GreenStar work credit is possible for any level of committed service.



  • 03.08.15

    By Dan Hoffman,
Member, Bylaws Review Committee

    2013 Dan HoffmanThere could be some changes in store for GreenStar's bylaws — but only if enough member-owners vote in October, and only if a "super majority" of them (two-thirds) vote to make the changes. The Co-op's Council will decide at its Aug. 11 meeting which proposed bylaws amendments will be sent to the membership this year.

    A group's bylaws are like a City's charter or a state's constitution — containing the most basic values and rules by which it is to be guided and governed. It's considered a "best practice" for organizations such as GreenStar to review their bylaws regularly, and to propose and adopt changes as needed. GreenStar has an ad hoc Bylaws Review Committee (BRC) for that purpose. After being dormant for a couple of years, it was reactivated in March to consider bylaws changes that might be proposed in the fall of 2015, and beyond.

    Currently, the committee includes four Council members (12th Moon, who chairs it, Patrice Lockert Anthony, Kristen Kaplan, and yours truly), two staff members appointed by the General Manager (Human Resources Manager Michael Hoysic and Membership Manager Alexis Alexander), and at-large member Jenny Caldwell. (Two at-large seats remain unfilled. If you think you might be interested, please fill out and submit an application — available at the stores or at

  • 10.05.15

    ballot-boxOut 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

    Not elected

    10- Walter Hollien = 216

    11- Deborah Moore = 122

    Special thanks to Laura Buttenbaum, Ellen Brown and Brian Henehan.



  • By Alexis Alexander,
Membership Manager

    ballot-boxIn October, member-owners have the opportunity to vote on six bylaws changes being proposed by Council. GreenStar's bylaws, the rules that govern the internal management of the Co-op, were originally established when GreenStar was incorporated. According to our bylaws, one of the essential rights of member-owners is the ability to vote on the creation and changes to the bylaws and mission statement.

    Unfortunately, GreenStar, like many co-ops, suffers from very poor voter turnout relative to the number of member-owners. For instance, only 5 percent of member-owners voted in th...


Next Council Meeting

Tuesday, August 11,
6:30 - 9:30 pm

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

Members always welcome!

Possible Agenda Items:


  • Proposed Interpretations of Oct. 2014 Meat Referendum
  • Select Tellers for Oct. Bylaws Amendment Vote
  • Council Monitoring of Policy C.7, "Council Committees"
  • GM's B.14, "Legal Matters and Contracts" Monitoring Report
  • GM's B.9, "GM Succession" Monitoring Report

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.

2015 Spring Member Mailing. Candidate statements, ballots, voting instructions and more.