Wednesday, 30 December 2009 12:25
Council Authorizes Special Meeting; Addresses Code of Conduct
By 12th Moon,
Council held its December meeting at the Human Services Building on Dec. 15. We heard from Bini Reilly, our General Manager (GM), that our stores are continuing to do very well due to the efforts of our staff and management, that improvements continue to be made to both locations and that there are plans for even more improvements to be made early next year. Bini also announced that GreenStar has received an award from Sustainable Tompkins in recognition of the solar panels newly-installed on our receiving area roof.
A unanimous decision was made by Council to have GreenStar endorse the “Coalition Letter Requesting Governor Paterson to Withdraw the Department of Environmental Conservation’s Draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement for Oil and Gas Mining” currently posted on the toxicstargeting.com website. This proposal was found to be in keeping with GreenStar’s commitment to ecological responsibility and leadership as there are many questions that still remain regarding the safety concerns and the environmental impact of the newly developed methods for natural gas drilling and extraction, as recent GreenLeaf articles have discussed.
The Personnel Committee brought a proposal to make some changes to our Council Code of Conduct’s Policy #3.12, intended to “improve our ability to work as a group and prevent individual member’s actions and statements from alienating members (including staff and the GM),” by allowing Council the ability to vote to censure or suspend a Councilmember for infractions of our Code of Conduct or for continued disruptions of Council meetings. There were many points for discussion and many ideas regarding our responsibilities as representatives of our member-owners and as co-workers with staff and management. The proposal was sent back to committee to continue working on it before presentation at our January meeting.
Another proposal, this one brought by our Governance and Monitoring Committee, intending to create super-worker positions for Council committees, was sent back for more work also. The intention of the proposal is to create new positions to assist with specified committee tasks (taking minutes, posting notices of meetings, research, drafting of proposals, etc.) under the supervision of the committee Chair. There would also be provisions for the super-worker to work for more than one committee as needed to fulfill their two hour per week commitment. Both this and the previously mentioned proposal are the result of Council looking to improve its process and communications between Council and member-owners, staff and management.
Council authorized a Special Membership Meeting regarding Five-Year Expansion Goals to be held Tuesday, Feb. 16 at 6 pm at the Women’s Community Building, with the agenda to be decided by Council at our Jan. 12 meeting. The decision included presenting to the membership for a vote any potential future expansion objectives or goals that could be realized within the next five years. Simply put, we need to solicit the support of our member-owners before we address any of the possible expansion scenarios that we are currently encountering. Please look for more information at the stores and on our web site (www.greenstar.coop), as the proposed voting period would start on Jan. 18.
Finally, though Council and Bini have agreed to an extension of her contract with GreenStar, Bini has made the decision to leave the Co-op as of Feb. 27, 2010. She will continue to assist with continuing store improvement projects and to help with the transition toward a new GM through that date.
￼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...