Sunday, 01 April 2012 17:28
By 12th Moon,
On March 13 Council met in The Space @ GreenStar, enjoying the spring-like weather, with four of our declared Council candidates in attendance. I'd like to remind you to exercise your unique opportunity as a GreenStar member to vote during the month of April. Please review the candidates' statements and proposed Bylaws changes (these are also posted in the stores and included in the Spring Member Mailing which was also sent to members' homes). Also be on the lookout for our GreenStar Annual Report in its new format this year. This will be available at the Spring Member Meeting, chock-full of good news about our co-op.
After beginning our meeting with a round of introductions and a few announcements, we moved on to receive the monthly General Manager's (GM) Report. Our GM, Brandon Kane, reported that both stores and the warehouse building will be receiving improvements to their refrigeration units and Oasis will be getting a salad bar and expanding its hot bar offerings. He also reported that he has been working on a business plan for a possible GreenStar satellite store in the Collegetown Crossings development, to assess the viability of the project, which is contingent on the city's approving variances. At the West-End location, a revitalized "Delicatessen @ GreenStar" was introduced to our customers in March, and negotiations are underway for additional nearby store parking. Sales at both stores are above budget, a testament to the ongoing careful efforts of our staff members. Last month, Council was introduced to our new Operations Manager, Sara Paulison, former Grocery Manager at the West-End store, and this month we learned that Joe Marraffino was hired as the new Finance Manager. Joe was appointed to Council at our November 2011 meeting and has subsequently resigned to accept the Finance Manager position. All of us on Council wish you luck in your new position, Joe, and thank you for your continuing service to our co-op. We also heard that both our regular memberships and FLOWER program memberships continue to grow. We currently have a total of over 8,000 members, including over 300 member-workers. Soon the findings from the recent membership survey will be made available. Great work all around— thanks to you, all of our staff.
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 19:00
1. What skills, experience, education or training do you have that is relevant to serving on GreenStar's board of directors? (Are you currently or have you previously been on Council? If so, for how long?)
2. What life experiences or perspectives can you bring to Council that would help Council better represent the Membership?
3. What do you think are the most important issues for Council to be working on at this time?
4. One of Council's primary roles is listening to our members and keeping them informed as to important Co-op developments and upcoming discussions. What are your ideas or concerns about the involvement of the Membership in Co-op matters?
5. What would you like GreenStar's involvement with or connection to the larger community to be?
6. Is there anything else you want to say to the voters?
Thursday, 01 March 2012 13:00
By 12th Moon,
Council held its Feb. 14 meeting at The Space with GreenStar's newly hired Operations Manager, Sara Paulison, sitting in for our General Manager (GM), Brandon Kane, who was on vacation. Welcome and congratulations to Sara for the promotion and twelve years of service to our co-op.
After introductions and during our agenda review, we added a short item to the agenda, to update our Council Election Policy to reflect the change made two years ago incorporating two committees, the Governance and the Policy Monitoring committees, into one committee called the Governance and Monitoring Committee. The amendment passed without much discussion.
We next received the monthly GM Report that Brandon had submitted with the agenda packet, and noted that the stores are doing very well and are maintaining a steady pace of improvements to their infrastructures. The Information Services department has been busy upgrading our computer services to integrate both stores more fluidly and to protect us against internet down time. Oasis is progressing with planned improvements and the Deli Department is working on even more new offerings (see the article on page 1 for details). The Winter Farmers Market held in The Space @ GreenStar during January and February has been a great success, and provides one more example of the community service our ownership of the building has allowed us to offer.
- Council Approves New Policy Governance-Style Policies; Seeks Election Candidates
- Council Approves Loan to Fellow Co-op; Discusses Low Turnout for Member Bylaws Vote
- Council Approves 2012 Budget; Appoints Two New Members
- Council Discusses Rules for Member-Initiated Petitions; Signs Consulting Agreement for Expansion-
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By Dan Hoffman,
Member, Bylaws Review Committee
There 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 www.greenstar.coop.)
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,
As students return to Ithaca in late August, GreenStar will be hosting a two-week extravaganza of celebration and education. Two exciting celebratory events are planned, along with two opportunities for members and nonmembers to learn more about co-ops, including the history of the cooperative movement and its impact on local and global communities.
Topping the list of events to watch for is a performance by the amazing hip-hop artist Talib Kweli, who will be playing at the Bernie Milton Pavilion on the newly renovated Ithaca Commons on Thur...