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


Council News February 2010

Monday, 01 February 2010 09:08

Council Discusses Special Meetings, Elections, Interim GM Plan

By 12th Moon, 

Council President

Special Membership Meetings, upcoming Council elections and proposed changes to our Code of Conduct for Councilmembers were among the topics discussed at Council’s Jan. 12 meeting.

Council decided to hold a Special Membership Meeting sometime in March to further discuss our members’ thoughts regarding future expansion goals. A decision had been made at our December meeting to hold a Special Membership Meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 16 to discuss different possible expansion directions that GreenStar could pursue. That meeting date has been rescheduled for mid-March. Many concepts of GreenStar’s future have been visualized over the years, and a successful second store, Oasis, has been realized, but recent changes in the general state of the economy are presenting new directions for the Co-op to consider. We are still formulating discussion topics, both specific and general, to help us shape the path the Co-op will take toward manifesting our shared goals and values. Please join your fellow members and participate in the discussions that will help create our plans for the future of GreenStar.

Read more: Council News February 2010


Council News January 2010

Wednesday, 30 December 2009 12:25

Council Authorizes Special Meeting; Addresses Code of Conduct

By 12th Moon, 

Council President

Council held its December meeting at the Human Services Building on Dec. 15. We heard from Bini Reilly, our General Manager (GM), that our stores are continuing to do very well due to the efforts of our staff and management, that improvements continue to be made to both locations and that there are plans for even more improvements to be made early next year. Bini also announced that GreenStar has received an award from Sustainable Tompkins in recognition of the solar panels newly-installed on our receiving area roof.

A unanimous decision was made by Council to have GreenStar endorse the “Coalition Letter Requesting Governor Paterson to Withdraw the Department of Environmental Conservation’s Draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement for Oil and Gas Mining” currently posted on the website. This proposal was found to be in keeping with GreenStar’s commitment to ecological responsibility and leadership as there are many questions that still remain regarding the safety concerns and the environmental impact of the newly developed methods for natural gas drilling and extraction, as recent GreenLeaf articles have discussed.

Read more: Council News January 2010


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    Annual Elections (in April); Appointments to Fill Vacancies Between Elections

    In the annual Council election, conducted throughout April, at least five of the seats on Council are filled (for 3-year terms). If vacancies have occurred since the previous election, those may be filled for...


Next Council Meeting

Tuesday, October 14,
6:30 - 9:30 pm

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

Members always welcome!

Possible Agenda Items:


  • Receive GM’s 2nd Quarter Financial Report
  • GM’s Interpretations for Policy B.12 Sustainability
  • Voter Record Proposal
  • Proposed Decision Tree and Procedure for Receiving GM Monitoring Reports
  • Proposal to Join CBLD 2015
  • Proposed Council Action Plan
  • Proposed Council Self-Assessment 2014
  • Proposed Council 2015 Budget
  • Report from GSCP

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


Governance Committee Meeting
Monday November 03, 06:00 PM


Regular Council Meeting
Tuesday November 11, 06:30 PM


Membership Committee Meeting
Thursday November 13, 05:00 PM


Personnel Committee Meeting
Thursday November 20, 05:30 PM


Executive Planning Committee Meeting
Tuesday November 25, 05:30 PM



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