Wednesday, 03 April 2013 23:49
By 12th Moon,
Council held its monthly meeting on March 12 in The Space @ GreenStar with thirteen of our fourteen members in attendance. We managed to work through a lengthy agenda and still adjourn five minutes early.
During our "announcements" time we heard that GreenStar and Local First Ithaca will be sponsors of two screenings of the documentary film Bag It, which investigates the relationship we have with plastics. There will be a showing of the film at Cornell on Wednesday, April 17 and a showing at Cinemapolis on Sunday, April 21.
Brandon Kane, our General Manager (GM), presented his monthly GM's Report as our first item. Brandon reported that the store managers are looking to enlarge our "Basics" program to include more offerings and that progress is being made on completing a feasibility study regarding the proposed construction of a centralized kitchen and bakery in our warehouse building, which should come to Council next month at our April 9 meeting. The plans also include the finishing of the north end of the building as a large meeting space for our uses and for community events. He also reported that the Board of Zoning Appeals had denied the requested variances to the developer of the proposed Collegetown Crossing project. We're still hoping this project, which would house a GreenStar satellite store, will go forward, as the city could move to remove the minimum parking requirements later this year. We learned that research is being done to evaluate the future use of our small building currently leased by Enterprise car rental, which they will be vacating later this year.
Brandon also reported on three Diversity and Inclusion initiatives. The first was an All Staff meeting held March 26, focused on diversity and inclusion in the workplace with facilitation by Dr. Nadia Rubaii, who has done similar workshops through the Human Services Coalition. Second, GreenStar and AFCU staff members participated in a first-round Talking Circle last year, facilitated by the Multicultural Resource Center, and are planning another combined Talking Circle this year. Third, Brandon reported that we are working on collaborating with GIAC in April to host a three-part viewing of Race: The Power of an Illusion, along with facilitated discussions. This is part of a community-wide initiative supported by many organizations, including the Multicultural Resource Center and Coalition: Understanding to Overcome (U2O).
Friday, 01 March 2013 16:31
By 12th Moon,
Council held its monthly meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 12 in The Space @ GreenStar. With twelve of our fourteen members present, we managed to work through our agenda in two hours, getting out an hour earlier than scheduled. Yay.
After some adjustments to the order of our agenda items, in order to allow a few people to leave earlier, we received the General Manager's monthly report. General Manager (GM) Brandon Kane reported that the stores have been busy, with no post-holiday lull as in years past. He also reported that staff are compiling data for production of our Annual Report, completing a small renovation project in the administrative offices, and they completed an annual member survey that all of our members should have received by the middle of February. Brandon also updated us on the progress being made to determine the costs and feasibility of constructing a centralized bakery and kitchen in the center section of our building at 700 West Buffalo Street, and of finishing off the north end of the building for public events. Once this research is completed, we'll be able to make a decision about going ahead with the project. We also learned that our West-End store and our warehouse building are both now receiving 100 percent of their power from certified renewable energy sources.
An update from our tax-exempt affiliate, GreenStar Community Projects (GSCP), came next on our agenda. GSCP reported on the successes of last year, the walkathon and associated block party held in September, and the two networking dinners held in November and December. GSCP is planning to host more of these networking events this year, one every other month starting in March. We were also told that GSCP is planning a different kind of fundraising event and community block party for this fall. There was much appreciation expressed over the growth and progress that GSCP has made in the last two years.
Friday, 08 February 2013 16:47
By 12th Moon,
Council met Jan. 8 at 6:30 pm in The Space @ GreenStar for our regular monthly meeting. During our time for announcements we heard that the second evening of the "Feeding Our Future: Building Community for Food Equity & Sustainability," organized by our affiliate GreenStar Community Projects (GSCP), was a great success. We hope the two networking events will lead to more communication between different organizations in Tompkins County. To that end, GSCP will be working to organize similar networking events as often as every other month. We also learned that GreenStar had contributed $1,550 to Shaleshock to cover the cost of one of the four buses that took local residents to Albany on Wednesday, Jan. 9 to protest fracking at the annual State of the State address given by Gov. Cuomo. GreenStar also provided goodie bags with snacks and signs for those attending the event.
General Manager Brandon Kane (GM) in his monthly report told us that he expects that 2012 will have been the best year since 2003 in sales and accomplished projects. Brandon outlined our progress transitioning to our new policy governance system, establishing GSCP as a strong organization in our community and actively pursuing several expansion initiatives. The Space @ GreenStar, 700 W. Buffalo St., will house the winter Ithaca Farmers Market each Saturday starting Jan. 12 and lasting through March. The Space will not be rented otherwise while work is being done to establish the needs and viability of constructing a centralized bakery and kitchen as well as a large public assembly area that could hold as many as 300 people.
The next item on our agenda was a proposal to delay presenting to our members for a vote a change to our Capital Contribution structure. This annual member investment is currently $9 plus a $1 processing fee. Earlier we had decided to bring a proposal to members during the spring voting period, but after the results of the vote against patronage dividend and some continued disagreement about how to handle the situation of those members who have reached full equity, we decided to postpone bringing this forward until we did more information sharing with our members.
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