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Council Approves Meat Referendum for October Vote; Elects 2014 Officers

Friday, 01 August 2014 17:01

By 12th Moon,

Council President

11-5-12thMoon-72dpiCouncil was in the dark for most of our meeting on Tuesday, July 8 as a storm took out power and blew down trees around town. We met in The Classrooms @ GreenStar with nine of twelve Council Members, three staff members, and our Board Administrator present. Through the threat of tornadoes and high winds we proceeded, moving high-priority items first, and managing to hang in and complete our agenda for the night.

First, we approved a proposal to bring a member-initiated referendum to our member-owners for a vote in October. The petition to conduct a referendum came to Council in May and, if approved by our members, would change some of the guidelines currently in place regarding the inspection of farms selling meat to GreenStar, as well as increase the mileage limit within which farms must be located in order to sell meat at the Co-op.

Next, we approved the content of our fall membership mailing and three membership meetings to be held in October. A Member Forum will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 pm on Thursday, Oct. 2 at The Space @ GreenStar for discussion of the above-mentioned referendum. An Open Mic meeting will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 pm on Tuesday, Oct. 7 in The Classrooms @ GreenStar as a venue for members to bring suggestions, comments, and ideas to Council's and staff's attention, and will give another opportunity to discuss the referendum. Our Fall Membership Meeting will take place from 5:30 to 9 pm on Friday, Oct. 17 at The Space.

Our annual officer elections, which had been postponed from last month, came next. Congratulations to Chris Negronida, our new Vice President, Bob Rhea, our new Treasurer, and Jessica Rossi, re-elected as Secretary. Thanks to my fellow Council Members for electing me as President again.

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Council Considers Oasis Store Name Change, Approves Collegetown Lease, Seats New Members

Tuesday, 01 July 2014 18:45

By 12th Moon,
Council President

11-5-12thMoon-72dpiCouncil met on Tuesday, June 10 in The Classrooms @ GreenStar for our regular monthly meeting with nine of twelve Council members, four staff, two Council-elect, and one member-owner present. During our announcement period we heard that our affiliate GreenStar Community Projects (GSCP) would host another community networking event in The Space @ GreenStar on Thursday, June 19. We also learned that Britton Dougherty resigned because of her busy schedule working on an organic farm in Interlaken. We will miss her bright and enthusiastic contributions and thank her for her service.

During our member comment time, we heard a request for signage in the stores asking shoppers to curb their cell phone use at the registers and in the dining areas. We also heard complaints regarding the brewing of coffee in our stores and the condition of the coffee grinding area in the Bulk section at our West-End store after customer use.

As is normal, our first item of business, the General Manager's (GM) monthly report came next. Our GM, Brandon Kane, reported that staff are already getting many requests for use of the renovated Space @ GreenStar and that a recent GSCP fundraising event was a big success and a good test of our ability to cater a large group at our facility. Brandon said that liquor license renewals were approved for both stores and that the application for a liquor license for The Space was almost complete, and he hopes for it to be approved by the end of July. He reported that staff will be improving the signage on and painting the façade of The Space, as well as making improvements to the parking lot.

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Council Certifies 2014 Council Election Results; Offers Member-Labor Volunteer Service to GSCP

Tuesday, 03 June 2014 15:35

By 12th Moon, 

Council President

11-5-12thMoon-72dpiCouncil met Tuesday, May 13 in the Classrooms @ GreenStar at 6:30 pm with ten of our thirteen members, five staff members, one member-owner and two Council Members-elect, one of whom was seated later in the evening. During our announcements, we heard of the great success of a Building Bridges event held earlier in the day, with over 200 attendees, at our newly opened Space @ GreenStar. Sadly, we also heard one Council Member, Courtney Mayszak, announce that she would be resigning as of the close of our meeting as she will be out of town for the summer and then will be going to grad school. We took time to thank Courtney for her service; we will miss her input. Council Member Colin Meeks also resigned recently for personal reasons and we wish him well and thank him for his service.

The monthly General Manager's (GM) Report was our first item. GM Brandon Kane informed us that, as the Space and Central Kitchen are successfully being used and the move-in is nearly completed, staff are focusing on the grounds and outside of the building. By now, rental and catering information should be available and publicized. He next told us that GreenStar Community Projects, our tax-exempt affiliate, would be partnering with our Prepared Foods Department to host a fundraising dinner on Friday, June 6 at 6:30 pm in the Space. Brandon said that plans for this summer include repaving the West-End store parking lot, adding new signage to the Space and the Classrooms and landscaping the surrounding areas, and (best of all!) adding a second (much-needed) bathroom to the West-End store.

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  • By Dan Hoffman,
    Council Member

    14 10 mailingGreenStar 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 de...

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Next Council Meeting

Tuesday, October 14,
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
  • GM’s Interpretations for Policy B.12 Sustainability
  • Voter Record Proposal
  • Proposed Decision Tree and Procedure for Receiving GM Monitoring Reports
  • Proposal to Join CBLD 2015
  • Proposed Council Action Plan
  • Proposed Council Self-Assessment 2014
  • Proposed Council 2015 Budget
  • Report from GSCP

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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