What is Membership?
Since the beginning, GreenStar's mission focused on making nutritious, whole food available to its members. But membership means more than just access to good, healthy food...
When you join the Co-op you become a Member-Owner of a locally-owned and cooperatively operated values-based business. We focus on the social and environmental impact GreenStar makes on our local and global community, as well as economic performance. We put our values first, and return all profits back to the Co-op or donate them to the community.
One Member – One Vote means your voice truly counts!
Like all consumer co-ops, GreenStar is owned and democratically run by the people who use the store. Unlike traditional corporations where the amount of a stockholder's investment determines his or her voting power, every member at GreenStar has equal voting rights. As a Member-Owner, you have an equal say in the future direction of GreenStar.
By investing and participating in your co-op, you're putting your values into action.
Through your Equity Share investment and patronage, GreenStar supports the health and well-being of our member-owners, our community and the planet by:
- Purchasing from local farmers and businesses
- Paying a livable wage
- Using clean energy and recycled office supplies
- Supporting organic agriculture and fair trade producers
- Offering health insurance to employees
- Donating to local charities and events
- Providing education on nutrition, health and sustainability
- Improving access to healthy food to those on limited budgets through the FLOWER program
Tuesday, 02 October 2012 22:11
By Alexis Alexander, Membership Manager, and
Kristie Snyder, GreenLeaf Editor
These are exciting times at GreenStar, when member-owners can have a voice in decisions that will impact the Co-op, and possibly the Ithaca community, for a long time to come. In November, member-owners will be asked to vote on a potential third store, to be located in Collegetown, as well as a proposed change in the way GreenStar issues member discounts. Many opportunities are being planned for member-owners to learn about both topics in order to make informed decisions during the voting period.
October kicks off with a Member Forum to discuss the possible Collegetown store, held on Thursday, Oct. 4 from 6:30 to 8:30 at The Space @ GreenStar. Council and management will share the proposed plans and budget for the project and will then allow time for discussion, questions and answers. Refreshments will be served.
Throughout October, Council and management will host informational sessions to explain and answer member-owners' questions about the proposed Patronage Dividend system. These sessions will be held in the West-End store meeting room so that member-owners can easily stop by during shopping trips. Dates and times will be posted soon at the Member Centers in both stores and on the register screens.
Prior to the Fall Member Meeting, members are invited to a Member Forum on Thursday, Nov. 1, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at The Space @ GreenStar. This forum serves as "open-mic" time for member-owners to ask questions of Council, raise concerns, or speak on GreenStar-related topics. Refreshments will be served.
Topics of discussion from the Nov. 1 Member Forum will be shared with member-owners at the Fall Member Meeting, set for Thursday, Nov. 8 at 5:30 pm at The Space @ GreenStar. The meeting will begin with a social hour and dinner prepared by the Delicatessen at GreenStar. Council and management will then present reports on the Co-op and information about the Collegetown and Patronage Dividend proposals. Pro and con statements will be delivered on the Patronage Dividend proposal, and member-owners will be offered time to ask questions about each proposal. Dessert and dancing with local band Second Dam will follow at 8:30 pm. Look for a more detailed agenda in the Fall Member Mailing and the November GreenLeaf.
All of this activity leads up to the November voting session, during which member-owners are encouraged to cast their votes on the proposal for a Collegetown location and the proposal to enact a Patronage Dividend system. Voting may be done in person at the Fall Member Meeting, or in either store from November 1-30. Look for ballots and voting materials in the Fall Member Mailing that will be arriving in your mailbox shortly, or in the stores.