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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 Israel

Council - Special News

Wednesday, 13 May 2015 13:04

handsOn 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.

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Council 2015 Election Results

Council - Announcements

Sunday, 10 May 2015 00:00

ballot-boxOut 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

Not elected

10- Walter Hollien = 216

11- Deborah Moore = 122

Special thanks to Laura Buttenbaum, Ellen Brown and Brian Henehan.

Council Schedules Special Meeting to Consider Referendum Petition

Council - Council News

Friday, 01 May 2015 21:33

By 12th Moon,

Council President

11-5-12thMoon-72dpiCouncil held its monthly meeting on April 14 in the Classrooms @ GreenStar with eleven of fourteen Council Members, three staff, and three Council candidates in attendance. After introductions, Council Members' statements of preparedness, and announcements, we moved to our first item of business: the General Manager's (GM) monthly report.

GM Brandon Kane reported that the Member Deals program is being well received by members and the addition of Flash Sales, offering reduced prices on items until supply runs out, has extended our ability to offer even better deals.

Brandon expects the closing documents for a loan from the Cooperative Fund of New England (CFNE) to be ready for our May Council meeting. We're borrowing from CFNE to outfit the Collegetown store with needed equipment and fixtures. Brandon also reported that investigations were initiated to determine if we could refinance the annex building and install a large array of solar panels on the roof. After eleven years at the DeWitt location, the enclosure over the stairway to the basement was removed, and a register relocated to the rear entrance into the mall. This should improve the flow of customers, offer a little more floor space, and add security and convenience to the rear entrance.

Read more: Council Schedules Special Meeting to Consider Referendum Petition

 

Cast Your Vote in the Spring Council Elections!

Council - Special News

Wednesday, 01 April 2015 22:25

By Alexis Alexander,

Membership Manager

2014-voteAfter the long, harsh winter, April has finally arrived, which means GreenStar's spring voting ritual is upon us. Traditionally, GreenStar holds its annual Council elections every April. The elections provide member-owners

Read more: Cast Your Vote in the Spring Council Elections!

Council Meeting Report: Council Approves Amended Collegetown Lease, Authorizes Funds for Solar Array

Council - Council News

Wednesday, 01 April 2015 22:20

By 12th Moon,

Council President

greenstar-collegetown-store-300Council held our regular meeting on March 10 at 6:30 pm in The Classrooms @ GreenStar with twelve of fourteen Council Members, five staff members, and seven member-owners present. After introductions, a statement of preparedness by Council Members, and announcements, we heard from a few of the member-owners present. Concern was voiced regarding a proposed petition that would ask for a binding referendum vote by our member-owners. The referendum would, if passed, require GreenStar to stop selling certain products from Israel or companies the petitioners say benefit from but harm Palestinians. For more information, see my article and separate statement in the March GreenLeaf, or a statement by Council posted at both stores' Member Centers.

General Manager (GM) Brandon Kane brought the first agenda item of the evening, the monthly GM's Report. Brandon reported that continued cold and snowy weather led to a slow start for the year, much like last year, while staff have been tweaking the newly introduced Member Deals program. Brandon also reported that he will be presenting at a Co-op Café event in March and at the annual Consumer Cooperative Management Association (CCMA) conference in Boise, Idaho in June. It is an honor that GreenStar has been asked to present at the last three CCMA conferences; we must be doing something right. He told us to expect final designs for the Collegetown store equipment and layout to be completed soon, as well as a Member Survey that ends April 1, no fooling. He and the Facilities Manager have been receiving quotes to have a large array of photovoltaic panels mounted on our annex building roof. More will be heard later regarding the proposed project. At our DeWitt location, a register is being moved to the rear entrance and the stairway to the basement will be covered over, opening the center of the store. Brandon also reported that a new Finance Manager has been hired to replace Joe Marraffino, who is headed to the Democracy at Work Institute to work as their Rural Cooperative Developer for the Northeast. Many thanks to Joe for some great reworking of our financial reports to Council — we wish you the best. Welcome to new Finance Manager Erik Amos, who comes to GreenStar after five years of supporting Wheatsville Food Coop in Austin, Texas in their reporting, data integrity, and information technology needs. Erik, it's great to have you increase your commitment to our co-op, and congratulations.

Read more: Council Meeting Report: Council Approves Amended Collegetown Lease, Authorizes Funds for Solar Array

 

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