Thursday, 02 August 2012 15:11
By 12th Moon,
Council met on Tuesday, July 17, but not at The Space @ GreenStar because of the high temperatures. We met in the smaller, air-conditioned, meeting room in the administrative offices on the other side of the building.
In conjunction with our normal round of introductions and declaration of preparedness, we declared any known conflicts of interest, or situations that could be perceived as such, to our serving on Council. After learning that the Annual GreenStar Ice Cream Social will be held on Monday, Sept. 3 at 2 pm in the picnic area outside the West-End store, we moved on to the GM's monthly report. General Manager (GM) Brandon Kane reported that the upgrades to both stores' air conditioning systems were completed just in time for the recent heat wave. He reported that both stores are doing well, that staff have been negotiating better rates from our credit card service provider, that the Annual Report mailed out earlier this summer to all members has been very well received and that many of our member-owners have been providing their e-mail addresses for future announcements, something that we're hoping will save paper and printing costs. Brandon also reported that the developers of the Collegetown site we have been considering have completed the independent parking research required by the city. We are hoping things will move forward with that project soon.
Tuesday, 03 July 2012 16:44
By 12th Moon,
Council met on June 12 in The Space @ GreenStar, and with an already-packed agenda we added two short timely items, tabled two to our July meeting, and managed to get through the rest of the items on time.
During his monthly report General Manager (GM) Brandon Kane reported that the stores are very busy and doing well. Activities during June included: a June 6 visit from Michael Shuman, Research and Public Policy Director for BALLE (Business Alliance for Local Living Economies); the annual GIAC fest on June 9, at which GreenStar tabled, provided volunteer labor and sold food from our Deli; Taste of the Nation on June 19, where Deli Manager Erik Lucas represented GreenStar as a featured chef; Juneteenth, at the Southside Community Center on June 23, at which GreenStar tabled and provided volunteer labor; and the Consumer Cooperative Management Association (CCMA) conference in Philadelphia in late June, attended by five staff and five Council members.
Brandon also reported that, in May, five staff members attended the Undoing Racism workshop led by David Billings and sponsored by the Multicultural Resource Center. This furthers our commitment to staff training related to diversity and inclusion. Also, staff members and I, as Council President, met with community leaders at GIAC in May as part of our quarterly commitment to discussing our efforts to continually develop our cultural competency.
Sunday, 03 June 2012 00:25
By 12th Moon,
Council met on Tuesday, May 8 in The Space @ GreenStar with a full agenda. During our allotted time for opening announcements, I presented to the Chair of our Membership Committee, Ethan Winn, a member-initiated petition that I had recently received for a change to our bylaws. The Membership Committee is charged with receiving member-initiated petitions for referendums or bylaws changes. They then verify signatures as those of current members and evaluate the content of the requested change for legality and adherence to our bylaws and procedures before making a recommendation to Council for action.
Brandon Kane, the General Manager (GM), presented his monthly report next. Brandon reported that both stores are doing well and both are expecting some scheduled projects to be completed soon. Recent new hires have led to a lot of training and adjustments over the past few weeks, but now we have a full management team and some friendly new faces. An exciting improvement planned for the West-End store will result in the loss of our "rain collection system" in the entrance foyer — as the roof leak will be fixed.
Brandon also reported that the Collegetown Crossing developers have been asked to have an independent parking study done to present to the city planning board before it can evaluate the developers' request for a parking variance. We also learned that there may be a local food producer interested in leasing the middle section of our building at 700 West Buffalo Street. Management is also considering the potential value of finishing the north end of the building to better accommodate larger community gatherings. Looking forward, Brandon said that managers were working to craft a policy for small loans to be offered by GreenStar to local food producers (something we have done sporadically in the past) as a way to provide more local offerings to our community and to further a local living economy.
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By Dan Hoffman,
12th Moon, Kristen Kaplan, Eric Banford, Susan Beckley, Jessica Rossi and Mark Darling finished the counting in just under four hours.
412 Total valid envelopes
21 total invalid = 19- no ID, 1- first of two ballots, 1- no ballot in envelope
Also = 1- name tag, 5- 2 cent slips, 1- Member Labor Request and two wooden nickles.
Two thirds vote required to pass.
Q#1 = PASS
Q#2 = FAIL
Q#3 = PASS
Q#4 = PASS
Q#5 = PASS
Q#6 = PASS
GreenStar member-owners are the only ones who have the power to change the Co-op's bylaws, the organization's most basic and important document. There is an opportunity to do so (or not) during this month — at the Fall Member Meeting, at the stores, or by mail.
GreenStar's Council has established an ad hoc Bylaws Review Committee, which started meeting again earlier this year, after being inactive for at least two years. Council had referred a couple of issues to the committee, which identified several more on its own. In August, Council voted (unanimously, except in the case of #2, below) to send the committee's six recommended bylaws amendments to the membership for a YES or NO vote on each of the following questions:
1. Should the Co-op be allowed to use a withdrawing member's refundable equity contribution [which could be up to $90] to pay off any outstanding debt the member has to the Co-op (such as for bad checks)?
2. Should all Council candidates and members be required to satisfy any requirements associated with operational licenses maintained or sought by the Co-op (such as to sell or serve alcohol)?
3. Should Council be allowed to conduct closed executive sessions for two additional topics — possible litigation or contract negotiations?
4. Should the composition of Council's Immediacies Committee be changed to match that described in Council policy, and that of the Executive Planning Committee?
5. Should the use of gender-specific pronouns (such as "he" or "she") be eliminated in the bylaws?
6. Should three "clerical errors" made when the bylaws were amended in 2010 be officially corrected?
Much more information on the proposed amendments, including detailed explanations, pro and con statements and voting instructions, are available in the Fall Member Mailing, which all current members should receive in the mail by October 6. Members can vote up until close of business on Oct. 31 at either store, by mailing in the ballot from the Mailing, or in person at the Fall Member Meeting, on Friday, Oct. 16, at the Space.
By Alexis Alexander,
I have woken to a new day, a day when GreenStar's annual Member Meetings and pancakes are defined as pure elegance and inspiration. Surprised?
The morning after our Fall Member Meeting, I'm entranced by the experience of last night. I realize how far GreenStar has come over the years, and how integral and essential a partner we are in the wider regional food movement before us. Our roots as a buying club and grain store have matured into a multimillion-dollar community-based cooperative that affords us the ability, and the responsibility, to bring "real food," as Marketing Manager Joe Romano would say, back to a broader spectrum of our local and regional community. Read more...