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Council Denies Petition for Membership Vote

Wednesday, 31 August 2011 20:52

By 12th Moon, 

Council President

At its Aug. 9 meeting, Council voted against allowing a member petition to go to a membership vote. The petition, as submitted to Council by member Christopher Jones, read as follows:

Financial Disclosure Bylaw

All shareholders (member-owners) upon written request are to be issued (within a reasonable time period) photo copies of the following financial documents:

1. Tax returns (current year and previous years)

2. Bank Statements (current year) (no account nos.)

3. Payroll Information (position salary amounts of Staff, Managers, Board of directors (w/Stipend amounts, etc.) and any other persons employed by GS Cooperative Market Inc. (individual names withheld)

4. List of current of active shareholders (member-owners) with email address included (shareholders may omit email address if so desired)

5. Receipts (operating expenses, Utilities, monthly rent, mortgage payments, food products, and any other items sold at GS Cooperative Market Inc.

A reasonable fee may be rendered for retrieval and photocopy (or paperless email) of financial documents.

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Council Hires New GM, Considers Bylaws Changes and Addresses Referendum Petition

Tuesday, 02 August 2011 16:22

By 12th Moon,
Council President

Eric12MoonCouncil met in The Space for our July 12 meeting to, among other things, select a new General Manager for GreenStar after coming together over the weekend to participate in a working retreat, writing new policies using the Policy Governance model adopted by Council last December (see my Council Retreat Report on page 6). I'm pleased to announce that Council has selected Brandon Kane, GreenStar's Store Manager for the past six years and Interim General Manager for the past year, as our new General Manager. See the article on page 1 for more about Brandon and his vision for GreenStar.

We started off our meeting with the monthly report from Brandon. We heard that a new AC unit has been installed on the West-End store, helping our refrigeration units to operate more efficiently and improving the level of comfort for staff and shoppers during the hot summer days we have been experiencing. We also learned that a small reset is planned to improve services at our Oasis store, that the monthly case lot sales will be conducted on the 10th of the month to coincide with the 10% on the 10th sales days, and that both stores are switching from biodegradable shopping bags to ones that are compostable. Brandon also informed us of an ongoing cooperative relationship he has made with the General Manager at Weaver's Way Co-op in the Philadelphia area. They have been working on many projects similar to ours, such as expansion, establishing an affiliate working toward resolving local food justice issues, changing their governance system to Policy Governance and looking to improve the local distribution network of local farm and food production to consumers.

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Council Seats New Members; Elects Officers; Arranges GM Candidate Interviews

Friday, 01 July 2011 18:48

By 12th Moon,

Council President

11-5-12thMoon-72dpiCouncil held its June meeting in The Space @ GreenStar on June 14. We said goodbye and thank you to outgoing Council members Lauryn Beltz-Member and Neil Oolie as we welcomed the last three of our newly-elected Council members, Emma Silverman, Melissa Blake and Chris Negronida, with Tara Gross having been seated at our May meeting.

Brandon Kane, Interim General Manager (IGM), reported on the improvements made to the Produce and Bulk bagging area, installation of the new air conditioning unit on the roof of the West-End store, and progress toward installing an energy-efficient "in-line" hot water heater for the Deli. We were reminded that GreenStar will be showing the documentary "Bag It" at The Space during the summer months. Along with a favorable financial report for both locations, Brandon reported on the finances relating to our annex building at 700 West Buffalo St., showing that we are currently saving well over $850 a month compared to before the purchase, and we are realizing many uses previously unavailable to us.

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  • 13.05.15

    handsOn May 12th, GreenStar's Council (board of directors) voted to reject moving the referendum sought by the Committee for Justice in Palestine forward for a binding vote by our Membership. The proposed referendum called for one or more boycotts by the Co-op of certain Israeli companies and/or products. The Co-op's Bylaws establish the right of members to initiate petitions for referenda, and require Council to review all proposed referenda to ensure they are fiscally and legally responsible, and consistent with the Bylaws.

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  • 10.05.15

    ballot-boxOut 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

    Not elected

    10- Walter Hollien = 216

    11- Deborah Moore = 122

    Special thanks to Laura Buttenbaum, Ellen Brown and Brian Henehan.

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  • By Alexis Alexander,
    
Membership Manager

    In response to several requests, I am happy to announce that we're offering a new information session for member-owners and nonmember customers this summer, called Co-operative Enterprise 101. Membership Administrator Laura Buttenbaum, who developed a similar and well-received training for staff this past fall, will lead the session. Join us for one of two scheduled sessions on Thursday, July 9 or Monday, August 24. Classes will run from 7 to 9 pm in the Classrooms @ GreenStar. If you're interested but unable to attend this summer, stay tuned: additional sessions will be scheduled this fall.

    Co-op Enterprise 101 aims to educate and empower our member-owners in all thi...

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Next Council Meeting

Tuesday, July 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 B: "Global Constraint" Monitoring Report
  • Receive GM’s B3: "Asset Protection" Monitoring Report
  • Review Policy C5: "Council Code of Conduct"
  • Appoint At-Large Committee Members
  • Proposed Fall Member Meeting Date (Agenda and Mailing Including any Referendums)

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.

2015 Spring Member Mailing. Candidate statements, ballots, voting instructions and more.

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