Saturday, 31 May 2008 19:00
By Dan Hoffman,
The Membership Referendum that took place in April drew a small turnout, but by a three to one margin rejected allowing goods from the Peoples Republic of China (PRC) to be sold at GreenStar—albeit with certain exceptions. At the same time, members chose seven people for open seats on the Co-op’s Council (Board of Directors), including the two candidates whose names appeared on the ballot and five write-ins.
Friday, 31 October 2008 11:23
By Eric 12th Moon,
Councilmember and Membership Committee Chair
As I have talked with and listened to many of our member-owners and shoppers over the last few years, I have often heard it said that membership at GreenStar means that you get a two percent discount at the register, so if you spend $500 in a year you recover the cost of your $10 yearly membership fee.
Is that all? Is that it?
We get a lot more as member-owners of our local co-op than that.
Tuesday, 02 November 2010 13:22
Council Addresses 2011 Budget; Continues to Discuss 700 W. Buffalo
By 12th Moon,
Council held its regular monthly meeting October 12 with fewer than the normal number of agenda items, some of which led to lengthy discussions. The meeting started with an announcement by our Treasurer, long-time Councilmember Arthur Godin, that he will resign from Council at the end of this year so that he may devote more of his time to his family, his work and to his creative career as a talented musician. It goes without saying that we will sorely miss his experienced perspective and calm, even approach. Much thanks and best wishes to Art for his input over the years and to his future adventures; we’ll miss you, if we can’t convince you to change your mind.
Next a request was voiced by a member present for Council and staff to look toward ways to include more of a diverse population in our staff, our membership and our shoppers, with an acknowledgement that the newly-initiated “FLOWER” discount program was a positive step in that direction.
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￼A Message to the Membership of GreenStar Co-op from Its Council, On the Decision to Reject a Referendum on Boycotting Goods from Israel13.05.15Read more...
On 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.
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,
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...