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Apr 27, 2012
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

The Mississippi Council of Cooperatives (MCC) truly practices the Cooperative Principles, especially P7 - Concern for Community.  The MCCA has endowed a scholarship memorializing  longtime Mississippi State University Extension Service employee and former Clinton resident.

A recent $25,000 contribution from the Mississippi Council of Cooperatives has established the L.L. "Red" Monroe... Read more >

Topics: Cooperation Among Co-ops, Networking Tags: scholarship, cooperatives, Mississippi State University, bull dogs, extension, students, university
Apr 26, 2012
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

Ever wanted to try your hand at writing poetry?  Are you already a poet and looking for people who share your interest?  Then, The Rooster Moans Poetry Cooperative may be for you.  The cooperative is a a collective of people who support high-quality, affordable (i.e. sustainable) advertising-free, online poetry education.  Check them out on line at... Read more >

Topics: Cooperation Among Co-ops, Networking Tags: poetry, cooperative, workshop
Apr 26, 2012
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

Cabot worked with Chalo, Inc., a Vermont-based startup, to create the Reward Volunteers iPhone and computer widget. "More than 600 volunteer organizations are already benefiting from Reward Volunteers, and that's in less than three months. 

The top performers for Round... Read more >

Topics: Cooperation Among Co-ops, Networking Tags: volunteers, winners, reward, national volunteer month
Apr 24, 2012
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

A recent post on http://www.booktrade.info discusses an exciting new trend in publishing - electronic author cooperatives.   Groups of writers combine forces to get one another's, (and of course their own), work in front of potential readers.  One example is "Do Authors Dream of Electric Books?" (... Read more >

Topics: Networking Tags: books, authors, publishing, e-books
Apr 19, 2012
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

Following Community Empowerment, a sophomore Leadership Fellows class taught by adjunct professor Patrick Harman during Winter Term, four Elon students came up with ideas for cooperatives in the Burlington area.  They looked around for ideas and decided to start a handmade art cooperative. The cooperative’s first art showcase was held Sunday, April 15 at Company Shops Market, a food co-op in... Read more >

Topics: Networking Tags: art, students, youth, handmade, artists, cooperative, community
Apr 17, 2012
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

USDA-Rural Development recently named the largest 100 ag co-ops (by sales) for 2010.  These co-ops reported near record revenue of $118 billion in 2010, a 4 percent increase over 2009.  Net income also increased from $2.16 billion in 2009 to $2.39 billion in 2010.  Leading the revenue increases were dairy cooperatives which saw revenue increase more than 14.5 percent to $29.45 billion.  They... Read more >

Topics: Cooperation Among Co-ops Tags: agriculure, ag, coops, USDA, dairy, assets, sales
Apr 17, 2012
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

The Canton Daily Ledger reports that "more than 250 students from rural areas of Illinois traveled to Springfield on Wednesday, March 28, for the Illinois Electric and Telephone Cooperatives’ Youth Day.  With rural areas losing population, fewer legislators will be elected to serve downstate, so the need for citizens to take active roles in voting for legislators who have their... Read more >

Topics: Cooperation Among Co-ops, Networking Tags: youth, cooperatives, telephone, rural electrics, legislators
Apr 16, 2012
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

This fast-paced video celebrates the  "International Year of the Cooperative." It highlights the important role electric co-ops play in the American marketplace as well as the  economy.

http://youtu.be/ArKvIncowoM Read more >

Topics: Cooperation Among Co-ops Tags: rural elecric, cooperatives, better, world
Apr 16, 2012
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

According to a recent press release, ""CHS Harvest for Hunger rallied thousands of CHS employees, customers and partners to collectively raise the equivalent of 2.45 million meals for hungry families, including 652,000 pounds of canned and fresh foods, and $360,000 in cash and grain," says John McEnroe, executive vice president, CHS Country Operations.

"CHS Harvest for Hunger was held... Read more >

Topics: Cooperation Among Co-ops Tags: food, cooperative, hunger, meals, harvest, employees, customers, partners, hungry food
Apr 12, 2012
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

"Concern for Community" is one of the seven principles upon which cooperatives are founded.  A recent article in the heraldonline demonstrates how the electric cooperativs of South Carolina put this prinicple into action.  In partnership with the Honor Flight organization of South Carolina, the Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina helped make it possible for SC vets to visit the... Read more >

Topics: Cooperation Among Co-ops Tags: WWII, veterans, memorial, rural electrics, cooperatives

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