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):

Read more: Bylaws Review Committee Update: Proposed Changes


Council News March 2010

Monday, 01 March 2010 10:18

Council Plans Annual Spring Meeting; Implements GM Succession Plan

By 12th Moon,
Council President

With all ten Councilmembers present at our regular meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 9, we worked through many items on our agenda and discussed future planning, all while entertaining two member-owners considering becoming Council candidates.

After receiving the monthly General Manager (GM) report, we were presented with the Fourth Quarter Financial report, a more complete indicator of the year-to-date financial state of our co-op in 2009. It serves as a testament to the hard work and diligence of our staff, as well as an indication of the loyalty of our member-owners. The bottom line shows GreenStar as having over $13 million in sales in 2009 while continuing to creatively address our limited physical space and members’ wishes, maintain a respectful working environment and offer the best values to our shoppers. Success in the current economic environment is no accident. Our appreciation and thanks for jobs well done go out to our member-owners who are employed at the stores and serve on committees or Council as well as those who participate as member-workers.

Read more: Council News March 2010


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Next Council Meeting

Tuesday, December 9,
6:30 - 9:30 pm

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

Members always welcome!

Possible Agenda Items:


  • Proposed Stores' 2015 Budget
  • Receive GM's B.1 
3rd Quarter Financial Report
  • Review Policies D3 Delegation to GM and D4 Monitoring GM
  • Policy Book Update
  • Applicants for Council or at-Large Seats

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.