CO-OPPRINCIPLES

Cooperative businesses adhere to seven guiding principles:

1. Voluntary and Open Membership — Cooperatives are voluntary organizations, open to all persons able to use their services and willing to accept the responsibilities of membership, without gender, social, racial, political, or religious discrimination.

2. Democratic Member Control — Cooperatives are democratic organizations controlled by their members, who actively participate in setting policies and making decisions. The elected representatives are accountable to the membership. In primary cooperatives, members have equal voting rights (one member, one vote) and cooperatives at other levels are organized in a democratic manner.

3. Members’ Economic Participation — Members contribute equitably to, and democratically control, the capital of their cooperative. At least part of that capital is usually the common property of the cooperative. Members usually receive limited compensation, if any, on capital subscribed as a condition of membership.

Members allocate surpluses for any or all of the following purposes: developing the cooperative, possibly by setting up reserves, part of which at least would be indivisible; benefiting members in proportion to their transactions with the cooperative; and supporting other activities approved by the membership.

4. Autonomy and Independence — Cooperatives are autonomous, self-help organizations controlled by their members. If they enter into agreements with other organizations, including governments, or raise capital from external sources, they do so on terms that ensure democratic control by their members and maintain their cooperative autonomy.

5. Education, Training, and Information — Cooperatives provide education and training for their members, elected representatives, managers, and employees so they can contribute effectively to the development of their cooperatives. They inform the general public, particularly young people and opinion leaders, about the nature and benefits of cooperation.

6. Cooperation Among Cooperatives — Cooperatives serve their members most effectively and strengthen the cooperative movement by working together through local, national, regional, and international structures.

7. Concern for Community — While focusing on member needs, cooperatives work for the sustainable development of their communities through policies accepted by their members.

This information is from National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s website.


 

 

PUDDLE PAL: Since much of Virginia is seeing rainfall today, let’s feature Southside Electric Cooperative member Summer Edwards of Dewitt as our second SAY CHEESE SPOTLIGHT. This is a photo of Summer with her favorite li’l duck, Booger. “Summer is certainly a diva, but she loves the outdoors. She loves all animals, even spiders. She’s the kind of kid who catches the chickens at the zoo,” says her mother, Tammy Edwards. But Summer certainly has a soft spot for ducks. “Her and Booger do everything together, even play in puddles together!” 

Summer just recently celebrated her 7th birthday earlier this month. Happy Belated Birthday, Summer, from your friends at Cooperative Living magazine! Summer has two older brothers: Eric, 11, and Kyle, 9. Tammy has been submitting Say Cheese photos of her children for several years now. “Summer would be tickled to see a story about her on the Cooperative Living Facebook page,” Tammy says.

Well, we hope Summer (and her favorite duck) enjoy the puddles today!

PUDDLE PAL: Since much of Virginia is seeing rainfall today, let’s feature Southside Electric Cooperative member Summer Edwards of Dewitt as our second SAY CHEESE SPOTLIGHT. This is a photo of Summer with her favorite li’l duck, Booger. “Summer is certainly a diva, but she loves the outdoors. She loves all animals, even spiders. She’s the kind of kid who catches the chickens at the zoo,” says her mother, Tammy Edwards. But Summer certainly has a soft spot for ducks. “Her and Booger do everything together, even play in puddles together!”

Summer just recently celebrated her 7th birthday earlier this month. Happy Belated Birthday, Summer, from your friends at Cooperative Living magazine! Summer has two older brothers: Eric, 11, and Kyle, 9. Tammy has been submitting Say Cheese photos of her children for several years now. “Summer would be tickled to see a story about her on the Cooperative Living Facebook page,” Tammy says.

Well, we hope Summer (and her favorite duck) enjoy the puddles today!
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