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Vote in April for Council Candidates and 
Proposed Bylaws Changes

Sunday, 01 April 2012 17:28

Meet the candidates, read their statements.

By 12th Moon, 

Council President

2012-vote

11-5-12thMoon-72dpiOn March 13 Council met in The Space @ GreenStar, enjoying the spring-like weather, with four of our declared Council candidates in attendance. I'd like to remind you to exercise your unique opportunity as a GreenStar member to vote during the month of April. Please review the candidates' statements and proposed Bylaws changes (these are also posted in the stores and included in the Spring Member Mailing which was also sent to members' homes). Also be on the lookout for our GreenStar Annual Report in its new format this year. This will be available at the Spring Member Meeting, chock-full of good news about our co-op.

After beginning our meeting with a round of introductions and a few announcements, we moved on to receive the monthly General Manager's (GM) Report. Our GM, Brandon Kane, reported that both stores and the warehouse building will be receiving improvements to their refrigeration units and Oasis will be getting a salad bar and expanding its hot bar offerings. He also reported that he has been working on a business plan for a possible GreenStar satellite store in the Collegetown Crossings development, to assess the viability of the project, which is contingent on the city's approving variances. At the West-End location, a revitalized "Delicatessen @ GreenStar" was introduced to our customers in March, and negotiations are underway for additional nearby store parking. Sales at both stores are above budget, a testament to the ongoing careful efforts of our staff members. Last month, Council was introduced to our new Operations Manager, Sara Paulison, former Grocery Manager at the West-End store, and this month we learned that Joe Marraffino was hired as the new Finance Manager. Joe was appointed to Council at our November 2011 meeting and has subsequently resigned to accept the Finance Manager position. All of us on Council wish you luck in your new position, Joe, and thank you for your continuing service to our co-op. We also heard that both our regular memberships and FLOWER program memberships continue to grow. We currently have a total of over 8,000 members, including over 300 member-workers. Soon the findings from the recent membership survey will be made available. Great work all around— thanks to you, all of our staff.

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Proposed Bylaws Changes

 

Meet the 2012 Council Candidates

Wednesday, 04 April 2012 19:00

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1. What skills, experience, education or training do you have that is relevant to serving on GreenStar's board of directors? (Are you currently or have you previously been on Council? If so, for how long?)

2. What life experiences or perspectives can you bring to Council that would help Council better represent the Membership?

3. What do you think are the most important issues for Council to be working on at this time?

4. One of Council's primary roles is listening to our members and keeping them informed as to important Co-op developments and upcoming discussions. What are your ideas or concerns about the involvement of the Membership in Co-op matters?

5. What would you like GreenStar's involvement with or connection to the larger community to be?

6. Is there anything else you want to say to the voters?

See the candidates' responses

 

GreenStar Explores Collegetown Store Option; Bylaws Vote Returns in Spring

Thursday, 01 March 2012 13:00

 

By 12th Moon,

Council President

11-5-12thMoon-72dpiCouncil held its Feb. 14 meeting at The Space with GreenStar's newly hired Operations Manager, Sara Paulison, sitting in for our General Manager (GM), Brandon Kane, who was on vacation. Welcome and congratulations to Sara for the promotion and twelve years of service to our co-op.

After introductions and during our agenda review, we added a short item to the agenda, to update our Council Election Policy to reflect the change made two years ago incorporating two committees, the Governance and the Policy Monitoring committees, into one committee called the Governance and Monitoring Committee. The amendment passed without much discussion.

We next received the monthly GM Report that Brandon had submitted with the agenda packet, and noted that the stores are doing very well and are maintaining a steady pace of improvements to their infrastructures. The Information Services department has been busy upgrading our computer services to integrate both stores more fluidly and to protect us against internet down time. Oasis is progressing with planned improvements and the Deli Department is working on even more new offerings (see the article on page 1 for details). The Winter Farmers Market held in The Space @ GreenStar during January and February has been a great success, and provides one more example of the community service our ownership of the building has allowed us to offer.

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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.

 

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Governance Committee Meeting
Monday November 03, 06:00 PM

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11

Regular Council Meeting
Tuesday November 11, 06:30 PM

NOV
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Membership Committee Meeting
Thursday November 13, 05:00 PM

NOV
20

Personnel Committee Meeting
Thursday November 20, 05:30 PM

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25

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

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