Council Discusses Expansion Opportunity, Adds May Meeting

Saturday, 01 May 2010 11:36

By 12th Moon,

Council President

After months of negotiations, legal advice, research and planning, Council and management have announced an opportunity for GreenStar to purchase the land and buildings at 700-702 West Buffalo Street. Member-owners may vote on this proposal from May 13-30. Please look for information at both stores, in this GreenLeaf and on our website, and plan on attending a Special Membership Meeting on Thursday, May 13 at 6:30 pm at the Women’s Community Building to discuss this opportunity.

Council began our April 13 meeting with this much-awaited announcement, which caused a small flurry of questions and some brainstorming among those present. Still, with all ten current Councilmembers, six candidates who are not on Council, and seven staff members present at the meeting, we managed to come to agreement on many issues and conduct all of the business on our agenda.

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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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  • By Dan Hoffman,
Governance Committee Chair

    How often do you have the chance to serve on the board of directors for a $20 million-a-year business, and to be a representative of over 10,000 member-owners of the enterprise?

    That's the opportunity coming up soon for GreenStar members, as the Co-op prepares for its 34th annual Council election, in April. To appear on the ballot, a candidate must submit a written Declaration of Candidacy by March 1. Now is the time ...


Next Council Meeting

Tuesday, January 13,
6:30 - 9:30 pm

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

Members always welcome!

Possible Agenda Items:


  • GM's Monthly Report
  • Plan Annual Spring 
Membership Meeting
  • Monitor Policies C.0 Global Governance and D.0 Global Council Management Connection
  • Select attendees to Co-op Cafe

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.