Council Hears PG Reports; Approves Co-op Film Donation and Kitchen Consultant

Friday, 30 November 2012 14:55

By 12th Moon, 

Council President

11-5-12thMoon-72dpiCouncil held our regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 13 in The Space @ GreenStar. During announcements we were informed that our affiliate GreenStar Community Projects has organized a networking event to bring together as many as seventy-five people from local organizations concerned with food equity issues. The event, entitled "Feeding Our Future: Building Community for Food Equity & Sustainability," will take place over two evenings, Nov. 29 and Dec. 13, and is designed to get all of these folks together at the same table, as the four-hour program each evening will include food sharing as well as information and networking.


Brandon Kane, our General Manager (GM), presented his monthly report next, and told us that both stores are doing very well; we survived another very busy tenth of the month; and we are preparing for the holiday season. We also learned that the installation of a new additional walk-in cooler for the West-End store may well have to wait until after Thanksgiving because of shipping delays. The annual staff satisfaction survey will be going out to all staff soon and there will be both a managers and assistant managers meeting and an all-staff meeting in the second half of November.

Brandon next submitted the Third Quarter Financial B.1 Report in the new Policy Governance (PG) format that we have been transitioning into. The report was referred to our Finance Committee for review and report back next month. The PG format of reports, called Monitoring Reports, starts with policies that Council has approved, then the GM writes his interpretations of the policy and what data he will use to report, and presents this to Council for approval. This system should provide Council with the data it needs in a consistent way that makes it easier to compare years of data. As we are still in this process of transitioning, our next agenda item was to vote on a set of the GM's interpretations for another policy.

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Make Your Voice Heard — Vote This Month 
on Two Important Proposals

Thursday, 01 November 2012 14:45

By 12th Moon,
Council President

Voting has ended. The Patronage Dividend measure failed to pass. The Collegetown Crossing store measure passed.

12-12 Voting_Results_CSS_WebCouncil met Tuesday, Oct. 9 in The Space @ GreenStar, and set a record (at least a record for recent times) by adjourning at 8:35 rather than our usual 9:30 p.m. We all appreciated the early ending and that we had taken care of much business during the meeting.

During announcements we appreciated our outgoing Board Administrator Shayna Grajo for all she has done with us and we welcomed Brad Dingman as our new Board Administrator.

General Manager (GM) Brandon Kane presented the monthly GM's Report as our first item, showing that the stores are both doing well and staying quite busy. All departments are working with the Finance Department to create the 2013 budget in a new format that will separate departmental expenditures for each store. This will help prepare staff for evaluating a new satellite store in the future. The 2013 stores budget will be presented to Council at our meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 13 and is likely to include costs associated with building a central kitchen and bakery in our warehouse building at 700 West Buffalo Street.

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on Two Important Proposals


Council Appoints New Members; Approves Wording for Member Votes in November

Tuesday, 02 October 2012 22:32

By 12th Moon, 

Council President

11-5-12thMoon-72dpiCouncil met on Sept. 11 in The Space @ GreenStar and went through a long agenda of items in record time, finishing by 9:15! After introducing ourselves and stating our preparedness for the meeting, we heard from a member-owner about her concerns regarding whom to speak with when she has issues at the stores.


Brandon Kane, General Manager (GM), next presented his monthly GM report which updated us on the progress staff has made toward preparing for expansion, including compiling the necessary information to be submitted to our members for the upcoming votes regarding both the leasing of a second satellite store in Collegetown and the proposal to change our current two-percent discount to a Patronage Dividend system. (Information regarding the Patronage Dividend and Collegetown Expansion votes will be mailed or e-mailed, to those who have elected that option, and posted in the stores.)

Brandon also reported that an advisory committee of staff members will be drawing up plans and equipment lists to assess the needs and costs for an expansion project that would give GreenStar a central kitchen and bakery in our building at 700 W. Buffalo Street. In conjunction with the kitchen project, changes to both stores will be planned along with a renovation of The Space @ GreenStar to accommodate larger public events. Because of the work being planned for The Space, we will no longer be accepting requests to rent to the public until after renovations have been made.

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  • By Dan Hoffman,
    Council Member

    14 10 mailingGreenStar members can vote during October of this year on whether or not to change a policy enacted by the membership in 2003 about what kind of meat the Co-op is permitted to sell.

    For the first two decades of its existence, the Co-op did not sell meat of any kind. Then, in 1992, member referendums approved the sale of certain types of fish and poultry. The following year, a different referendum allowed the sale of pet food containing meat. A de...


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 October 06, 06:00 PM


Membership Committee Meeting
Thursday October 09, 05:00 PM


Regular Council Meeting
Tuesday October 14, 06:30 PM


Personnel Committee Meeting
Thursday October 16, 05:30 PM


Executive Planning Committee Meeting
Tuesday October 28, 05:30 PM



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