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Council News February 2010

Council Discusses Special Meetings, Elections, Interim GM Plan

By 12th Moon, 

Council President

Special Membership Meetings, upcoming Council elections and proposed changes to our Code of Conduct for Councilmembers were among the topics discussed at Council’s Jan. 12 meeting.

Council decided to hold a Special Membership Meeting sometime in March to further discuss our members’ thoughts regarding future expansion goals. A decision had been made at our December meeting to hold a Special Membership Meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 16 to discuss different possible expansion directions that GreenStar could pursue. That meeting date has been rescheduled for mid-March. Many concepts of GreenStar’s future have been visualized over the years, and a successful second store, Oasis, has been realized, but recent changes in the general state of the economy are presenting new directions for the Co-op to consider. We are still formulating discussion topics, both specific and general, to help us shape the path the Co-op will take toward manifesting our shared goals and values. Please join your fellow members and participate in the discussions that will help create our plans for the future of GreenStar.

Recruitment strategies for candidates for the annual Council elections traditionally held in April, as well as for a new Council Secretary, were topics that led to an open discussion of how to solicit our fellow members’ help and expertise to help govern and lead this local community co-op successfully forward as an example of the cooperative spirit in action.

We are in need of a Secretary to back up our Board Administrator by taking and reviewing minutes of our meetings, and by helping with other administrative tasks. In this year’s upcoming Council elections, we will be looking to fill ten seats, a record number. Members who would like to serve our co-op by functioning in this important role should submit a statement of candidacy form, available at the Customer Service desk at the West-End store, by March 1, to be published in our Spring Mailing. (For more information on running for Council, see the ad on page 7 of February's GreenLeaf.)

In other business, Council received the General Manager’s Annual Asset Protection Report and referred it to our Finance Committee for review. This report assures that GreenStar has appropriate insurance in place and has taken the necessary steps to safeguard our co-op’s assets. We also passed a proposal that creates super-worker positions to take minutes and assist our committees with their workloads in other administrative ways. (Please see the ad on page 6.) For the second time, a proposal to revise our Council Code of Conduct was presented to Council, and after much discussion and many suggestions it was again sent back to the Personnel Committee for final vetting.

The GMSC, General Manager Search Committee, reported to Council on the progress made toward finding General Manager (GM) candidates to present to our members, staff and Council for consideration. The GMSC has received some dozen applications and is hoping to conduct initial interviews by the middle of February. Recognizing that the holiday season is a very busy time in the co-op world, we have extended our advertising into new venues and for an additional month to capture a larger pool of applicants. Knowing that our current GM, Bini Reilly, will be leaving us prior to the hiring of a new GM, we have been preparing for an interim period with Store Manager Brandon Kane fulfilling many of the GM’s responsibilities. Understanding that additional responsibilities will be assumed by Brandon and other members of management, Council will be reducing the number of reports that it usually requires. We will also be meeting with managers to take their suggestions and assure their readiness to progress with their 2010 Workplan and all associated projects.

Change is the new norm, as internal and external shifts and changes continue, and it is very satisfying for me to be able to tell you how well our co-op is doing financially, as well as how well our staff is rising to the occasion. Staff and Council both have been working hard to communicate better and realize our common goals for our common good and our shared community.

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  • By Dan Hoffman,
    Council Member

    ballot-boxGreenStar 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 decade later, in 2003, members faced another pair of binding referendums. The first asked whether the Co-op should be permitted to sell meat oth...

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Next Council Meeting

Tuesday, September 9,
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
  • Proposed Procedure for Receiving Monitoring Reports
  • Select Tellers for October Vote
  • Monitor C.8 Governance Investment
  • Monitor C.9 Ombuds Program and Council
  • First Presentation of Council’s 2015 Budget

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

OCT
06

Governance Committee Meeting
Monday October 06, 06:00 PM

OCT
09

Membership Committee Meeting
Thursday October 09, 05:00 PM

OCT
14

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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