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Council Approves 2010 Budget, Debates Patronage Refund

Monday, 05 April 2010 07:47

By 12th Moon,
Council President

With nine guests in attendance and too few Councilmembers present to conduct any official business, we began our meeting at 6:45 pm on Tuesday, March 9 by addressing an ambitious agenda. Our guests included two people considering GreenStar membership, who subsequently joined the Co-op the next day, three declared candidates in our upcoming Council elections, and our two newly appointed GreenStar ombudspersons. While waiting for additional Councilmembers and one presenter who were at a non GreenStar-related community event to join us, we heard general announcements and the Interim General Manager’s (IGM) monthly report. Our Treasurer reported that the Finance Committee had reviewed the GM’s 4th Quarter Financial Report, presented to Council at our February meeting, and had found it to be complete and indicative of the effort our staff has made to keep our stores successful.

By 7:20 pm, we had a quorum of six Councilmembers present and could proceed with formal discussions and decision making. We were first introduced to our new Ombudspersons, D. Scott and Evie Weinstein. Evie and D. will be introducing the GreenStar Ombuds Program to you over the next few months, so please look for handouts in the stores and see the front page article in this GreenLeaf. Next, an entertaining presentation was given by Elizabeth Karabinakis, who updated us on the progress being made by our affiliate, GreenStar Community Projects Inc., and some of the restrictions that they are feeling due to government cutbacks in funding.

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Bylaws Review Committee Update: Proposed Changes

Monday, 05 April 2010 07:46

By Michael Hoysic,
Bylaws Review Committee

The Bylaws Review Committee (BRC) has been working on the wording for possible changes to the bylaws over the past few months. The following are recommendations the Committee is likely to present to Council over the next few months. Our purpose for presenting it here is to give members an opportunity to give feedback, as Council will soon begin to discuss these possible changes. As you read this article, note that the suggestions presented here are not yet in the formal bylaws language. These are the proposed changes the BRC will be presenting to Council (the current bylaws requirements are in parentheses):

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Next Council Meeting

Tuesday, August 12,
6:30 - 9:30 pm

The Classrooms @ GreenStar
(Former Enterprise Building)
702 W. Buffalo St., Ithaca

Members always welcome!

Possible Agenda Items:

 

  • Proposed Oasis Name Change
  • Procedure for Receipt of Monitoring Reports
  • Council Member Expectations
  • Action Plan from Council Self-Assessment
  • Monitor Policy C.7 Council Committees
  • Select Tellers for Oct. Referendum Vote

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

AUG
28

Finance Committee Meeting
Thursday August 28, 05:30 PM

SEP
03

Governance Committee Meeting
Wednesday September 03, 06:00 PM

SEP
09

Regular Council Meeting
Tuesday September 09, 06:30 PM

SEP
11

Membership Committee Meeting
Thursday September 11, 05:00 PM

SEP
18

Personnel Committee Meeting
Thursday September 18, 05:30 PM

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