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Apr 9, 2012
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

A recent article on mysuburbanlife.com describes how the Lemont, IL,  Public Library is preparing for state funding cuts by joining a new, six-library cooperative that will result in more efficient library services.

The Pinnacle Library Cooperative is an intergovernmental agreement between Lemont Public Library, Fountaindale Public Library in Bolingbrook, Joliet Public Library, Plainfield Public Library, Shorewood-Troy Public Library and White Oak Library District. The six libraries will share resources, materials and keep decision-making local, according to officials.

Read more about this new, smaller library cooperative at http://tinyurl.com/c2acew8.

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Apr 4, 2012
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

What makes electric cooperatives different from other utilities is that “giving something back to the community” is part of their business plan. Why do electric cooperatives bring high school students to Washington? Because it is important to learn about the political process to interact with your government. You will walk away from this week as a better leader and a sense that you can make a difference.

The Electric Cooperative Youth Tour has brought high school students to Washington, D.C. every June since the late 1950s. Students compete for slots for this unique opportunity and are selected for this program by their local electric cooperative.

The  featured speakers during National Youth Day provide insight to the important roles electric cooperatives play in their community. Students gain a personal understanding of American history and their role as a citizen by meeting their representative and senators and explore the sights around the nation’s capital. Don’t be surprised if you run into a former Youth Tour participant who is a congressional aide on Capitol Hill. Several of our alums work in Washington.

Over 40,000 students from rural areas and small towns across America have participated in this unique program. Some of our Youth Tour  alums have gone on to design airplanes and to serve in the highest ranks of our government, including the U.S. Senate.

For more information about this program visit http://youthtour.coop/about/index.htm.

Topics: Cooperation Among Co-ops Tags: youth, washington, tour, electric, cooperative, students, high schoool, utilities Comments: [comment_count]
Apr 4, 2012
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

The community of Lawrence, KS has long been a supporter of cooperatives.  From nursery schools, to food, to finance, to housing, Lawrence has a co-op to fit these needs.  Learn more about these Kansas co-ops at http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2012/apr/02/community-embraces-co-ops/.

Topics: Cooperation Among Co-ops Tags: Lawrence, credit union, food, housing, child care, preschool, coops, cooperatives Comments: [comment_count]
Apr 4, 2012
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

In celebration of the United Nation's 2012 "International Year of Cooperatives" and to honor those who volunteer their time, Cabot Creamery Cooperative created Reward Volunteers®, the nation's first mobile app and computer widget that allows volunteers to log hours, post to Facebook and win rewards for themselves and the organizations they serve.  For additional details, read the press release at http://www.marketwatch.com/story/april-is-national-volunteer-month-2012-04-03.

Topics: Cooperation Among Co-ops, Networking Tags: volunteer, Cabot, April, month Comments: [comment_count]
Mar 27, 2012
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

The sixth international principle of cooperatives is “cooperation among cooperatives.” Simply put, it says that co-ops believe in supporting each other.  Imagine the power behind an entire network of co-ops leading with their values and encouraging their members to do the same. 

Principle Six is a pilot initiative that intends to build a food system and economy in alignment with cooperative values.  Principle Six members highlight and promote products which meet the group’s “highest values,” including cooperative-sourced and distributed foods and products.

The group educates and engages consumers in order to help them make mindful choices about the foods and products they eat, the companies that make them and the kind of food system they want.  The Principle Six website allows all who come to become part of this discussion (www.p6.coop).

Equal Exchange and six food cooperatives across the country are founding P6 members: Bloomingfoods Co-op (Bloomington, Indiana), Brattleboro Food Co-op (Brattleboro, Vermont), The Merc (Lawrence, Kansas), Davis Food Co-op (Davis, California), Equal Exchange (West Bridgewater, Massachusetts), Seward Food Co-op (Minneapolis, Minnesota) and Willy Street Grocery Co-op (Madison, Wisconsin).

Article from "2012 - International Year of Cooperatives" website hosted by NCBA:  http://usa2012.coop/home.

Topics: Cooperation Among Co-ops Tags: principle, cooperative, cooperation, ower, members, values, food Comments: [comment_count]

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