Saturday, 01 September 2012 16:15
By 12th Moon,
On a dark and stormy night, Tuesday, Aug. 14, Council held its monthly meeting at The Space @ GreenStar. We lost power for a minute but barely missed a beat with our laptops providing an interim light source. It was a well-attended meeting with lively and respectful discussion, and much was accomplished.
General Manager (GM) Brandon Kane related in his monthly report that both stores are doing very well, with much attention focused on future plans and the upcoming 2013 budget. At this time, we're looking at two separate expansion plans for GreenStar over the next two years. Brandon presented a projected timeline for the outfitting and opening of a second satellite store in Collegetown in 2014, as well as renovations in 2013 to our warehouse building. The latter will include installing a central bakery and kitchen to serve all GreenStar locations and making improvements to the north end of the building, yielding a larger, nicer area for community events and meetings. Brandon also informed us that staff is no longer accepting requests to rent out The Space @ GreenStar in anticipation of the upcoming construction work. The final piece of the GM's monthly report was a compilation of results from a survey that staff had sent out to our members; this will be studied in more detail by our Membership Committee.
We next received the GM's second-quarter Financial Report, which was referred to our Finance Committee for review. The report shows the stores doing well, with staff striving to keep expenses in line with the budget despite unexpected repairs. Thanks to Finance Manager Joe Marraffino for his improvements to the format and presentation of financial information; the new layout and information provided were very well received by Councilmembers. The Finance Department's recent shift from quarterly to monthly financial statements allows staff to better adjust to changes in the economic environment.
Thursday, 02 August 2012 15:11
By 12th Moon,
Council met on Tuesday, July 17, but not at The Space @ GreenStar because of the high temperatures. We met in the smaller, air-conditioned, meeting room in the administrative offices on the other side of the building.
In conjunction with our normal round of introductions and declaration of preparedness, we declared any known conflicts of interest, or situations that could be perceived as such, to our serving on Council. After learning that the Annual GreenStar Ice Cream Social will be held on Monday, Sept. 3 at 2 pm in the picnic area outside the West-End store, we moved on to the GM's monthly report. General Manager (GM) Brandon Kane reported that the upgrades to both stores' air conditioning systems were completed just in time for the recent heat wave. He reported that both stores are doing well, that staff have been negotiating better rates from our credit card service provider, that the Annual Report mailed out earlier this summer to all members has been very well received and that many of our member-owners have been providing their e-mail addresses for future announcements, something that we're hoping will save paper and printing costs. Brandon also reported that the developers of the Collegetown site we have been considering have completed the independent parking research required by the city. We are hoping things will move forward with that project soon.
Tuesday, 03 July 2012 16:44
By 12th Moon,
Council met on June 12 in The Space @ GreenStar, and with an already-packed agenda we added two short timely items, tabled two to our July meeting, and managed to get through the rest of the items on time.
During his monthly report General Manager (GM) Brandon Kane reported that the stores are very busy and doing well. Activities during June included: a June 6 visit from Michael Shuman, Research and Public Policy Director for BALLE (Business Alliance for Local Living Economies); the annual GIAC fest on June 9, at which GreenStar tabled, provided volunteer labor and sold food from our Deli; Taste of the Nation on June 19, where Deli Manager Erik Lucas represented GreenStar as a featured chef; Juneteenth, at the Southside Community Center on June 23, at which GreenStar tabled and provided volunteer labor; and the Consumer Cooperative Management Association (CCMA) conference in Philadelphia in late June, attended by five staff and five Council members.
Brandon also reported that, in May, five staff members attended the Undoing Racism workshop led by David Billings and sponsored by the Multicultural Resource Center. This furthers our commitment to staff training related to diversity and inclusion. Also, staff members and I, as Council President, met with community leaders at GIAC in May as part of our quarterly commitment to discussing our efforts to continually develop our cultural competency.
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By 12th Moon,
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