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Co-op Information

What makes us different is that we, as a cooperative, are guided by the Seven Cooperative Principles. The guiding principles for cooperatives were created nearly 150 years ago by a small general store in England.  Today, these very same principles govern thousands of co-ops providing a large variety of goods and services to millions of Americans.

 

  1. Voluntary And Open Membership

Co-ops are open to all persons able to use their services.

  1. Democratic Member Control

Co-ops are democratic organizations, controlled by members.  Members have equal voting rights (one member, one vote).  As a member, you are not just an anonymous customer. Annual Meeting of Members is typically held in the spring of the year, in March or April. 

  1. Member Economic Participation

Members equitably contribute to and benefit from the co-op.  Members also control the capital of their cooperative.  And profits are returned to members.

  1. Autonomy and Independence

Co-ops are independent organizations controlled by their members.  If a co-op enters into agreements or raises capital, it does so on terms that ensure control by members to maintain the co-op’s autonomy.

  1. Education, Training And Information

Co-ops provide education and training for their members, elected representatives, managers and employees so they can better contribute to the success of the co-ops.  This includes information about new technologies and products that improve the members’ quality of life and saves them money.

  1. Cooperation Among Cooperatives

Co-ops serve their members most effectively and strengthen the co-op movement by working together through local, national, regional and international structures.

  1. Concern For Community

While focusing on member needs, co-ops work for development of their communities through policies accepted by their members.

 

If you are looking for a copy of our Bylaws, you can find them here.

 

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