Saturday, 01 October 2011 22:55
By 12th Moon,
Meeting in "The Space" on Sept. 13, Council approved eight items from our agenda, six unanimously, and tabled another two items, one for clarification and one because of a lack of time. As was noted while we considered a draft of the Council 2012 budget, it has been a great assistance to have our own location available for our Council, committee and membership meetings, providing adequate parking, consistency of location and an estimated savings of a thousand dollars just for room rentals.
Our General Manager (GM), Brandon Kane, was away attending a national GM meeting in Massachusetts, but his monthly report showed the stores doing well, with Oasis recording an impressive customer count that approached half that seen at the West-End store for one week as students returned. It was noted that our staff performed exceedingly well during a viral attack to our main computers, which disabled our discount system at the registers and generally wreaked havoc for two days. Many thanks to all of our customers who took the inconveniences well, to our great Customer Service staff and especially to Jeremy and Jonathan, our Information Services troopers, for a couple of way long hard days.
In preparation for fulfilling our goal of expanding our main store to a larger one owned and built by us, we next discussed contract negotiations with the National Cooperative Grocers Association Development Cooperative (NCGA/DC). Unfortunately, negotiations regarding an agreement with NCGA/DC to assist us with all phases of our expansion projects had not been resolved in time for our meeting (for further information please see the Council News column in September's GreenLeaf). A major expansion project will take us years to complete, and a certain urgency exists to get the process started before current opportunities change. To that end I will be calling for an Immediacies Committee meeting in conjunction with our regularly scheduled Executive Planning Committee meeting in September with the hopes that our questions will have been answered and negotiations resolved.
Wednesday, 31 August 2011 19:54
By 12th Moon,
Meeting in The Space on Tuesday, Aug. 9, with all fourteen members present, Council worked through a long list of agenda items, usually voting unanimously. This was the last meeting for both Victoria Demchak and Aaron Nichols, who are relocating to Portland, OR, and with much thanks and appreciation we recognized them for their service to our co-op during their tenure and wished them well in their travels and new environment. (Council now has three open seats that could be filled by Council appointment; see ad on p. 5.)
Through a national cooperative connection, some of us had learned that earlier that morning a tragic event happened at the Brattleboro Food Co-op in Brattleboro, VT. Their Store Manager, Michael Martin, whom some of us remember from the national Consumer Cooperative Management Association conference this year, was shot to death by a coworker at the co-op. Council and staff members present spent a few minutes in silent meditation sending healing energy and love to our sister co-op and the whole Brattleboro community. I ask that you also take a moment to send positive thoughts for their healing.
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By Dan Hoffman,
GSCP Board Member
GreenStar Community Projects (or GSCP, the Co-op's non-profit affiliate) recently announced its choice to fill the group's Staff Support position, which has been vacant since October. Holly Payne, a long-time resident of the Ithaca area and GreenStar member-owner, was hired from among more than 30 applicants, and started the job in February. Holly has also worked for Cooperative Extension, the Cayuga Watershed Network, and Building Bridges, and has worked in both Chile and Mexico.
Holly will assist GSCP with its effo...