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.
Tuesday, 05 October 2010 01:21
Council Addresses Governance; Discusses Use of New Property
By 12th Moon,
At our regular monthly meeting on September 14, Council, after working through our agenda and hearing from a special guest, adjourned ten minutes early. Really, that’s big news.
The Interim General Manager’s (IGM) monthly report was our first item on the agenda. We heard from IGM Brandon Kane about plans to make improvements at both stores, clean up the property we now own at 700 West Buffalo Street, initiate improvements to our recycling and composting, as well as supporting a local television show entitled “Get Foodie” that will air on PEGASYS local access and online. Look for a link on this GreenStar web site. We also learned that GreenStar welcomed 230 new members last month. Hello, welcome, and we hope to see you all at our Fall Membership Meeting to be held at the Women’s Community Building on West Seneca Street, from 6 to 8:30 pm on Oct. 21 (see the agenda below).
Friday, 03 September 2010 15:06
Bylaws Changes Go to Member Vote; Governance Change Discussed
By 12th Moon,
Meeting on the third Tuesday in August, to avoid the conflict caused by meeting during our stores’ 10% on the 10th monthly sales day, we managed to get through most of a lengthy list of issues.
Our Interim General Manager, Brandon Kane, and Finance Manager, Asha Sanaker, presented the 2nd Quarter Financial Report for referral to our Finance Committee for review. It was a relief to see that our staff has done such a great job adjusting to the issues faced during the 1st Quarter of this year, while also having to work around a heat wave that pushed many of our cooling systems to the brink.
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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...