A E Association of Cooperative Educators SPRING UPDATE c/o The Cooperative Foundation 2004 P.O. Box 64047, St. Paul, MN 55614 Québec’s Social Economy is Fertile Ground for Cooperative Educators Interested in More Information about Québec’s robust and innovative cooperative organizations and its commitment to preserving and enhancing civil society make it Québec Cooperatives? the ideal location for the 2004 ACE Institute. The Institute’s theme, Cooperative Education: Enhancing Your Business, Canadian Co-operatives in the Year 2000: Memory, Strengthening Your Community, is exemplified in the province’s Mutual Aid, and the Millennium published by the rich social economy. From August 4 to 7, cooperative educators Centre for the Study of Co-operatives, University of from Canada, the US, and Puerto Rico will meet at the Delta Saskatchewan contains several interesting articles Montréal to learn, network, exchange ideas and see first hand about Québec cooperatives. the province’s cooperative sector. Co-op Activities in the Health and Social Care Québec has a long tradition of cooperative innovation and Sector in Québec, by Jean-Pierre Girard, education. It was in Québec that Alphonse Desjardins began a p. 155-166, looks at the use of social cooperatives movement that now bears his name by advocating the formation to provide health services. of credit and savings cooperatives, also known as caisses populaires or credit unions. Today the Desjardins caisses Raiffeisen and Desjardins: Co-operative Leadership, Identity and Memory, by Brett populaires movement is Québec’s largest financial institution, Fairbairn, p. 13-26, explores the nature of future with assets of $76 billion (CND) and more than 5 million cooperative leadership through the examination members. The success of the caisses populaires laid the ground of the ideas and historical significance of two work for the province’s culture of collective action. cooperative leaders. From agriculture, consumer goods and housing to food and worker cooperatives, Québec’s cooperative sector is diverse and The Origins of Savings and Credit Co-operatives growing. The key to the robust cooperative sector in Quebec has in North America: The Work of Alphonse and been support from established cooperatives and the federations Doriméne Desjardins, by Pierre Poulin, p. 28-38, they have created, along with the support and partnership of the looks at the contributions of Alphonse and Quebec government. Doriméne Desjardins to savings and credit cooperatives. For more information about this In 1997, the province’s legislature adopted legislation to allow book, go to http://www.coop- the formation of cooperatives de solidarité or social studies.usask.ca/publications/salepubs.html. cooperatives. Based on the experience of Spain and Italy, the social cooperatives provide services to benefit local communities Development of Cooperatives and Employee that would otherwise be provided by the government or for- Ownership, Quebec, by Luc Labelle published in the profit companies. With membership including users, workers, Kent State University’s Ohio Employee Ownership and individuals or organizations sharing a common interest, the Center’s Owners at Work newsletter provides an (continued on page 2) overview of Quebec cooperatives, in particular worker cooperatives. The article is available on the web at http://cog.kent.edu/lib/Labelle.htm Thanks to a grant from the For more information about social cooperatives, George and Gladys Dunlap Cooperative Italian Social Cooperatives, by Wilda M. Vanek, is Leadership Program of the Nationwide instructive. The article can be found at Foundation, the 2004 ACE Institute will http://www.geonewsletter.org/vanek.htm. provide simultaneous translation in French, Spanish & English. 2 ACE NEWS (Québec continued from page 1) Institute participants will consider the manner in which leadership of a social cooperative puts control of the cooperatives formulate organization in the hands of the people providing and using management strategies; the services in the local community. how the theory of Québec recognizes that education is vital to cooperative cooperative challenges Lafleur’s presentation business success and community. Its commitment to can be integrated into offers a new prospective cooperation and collective action is evident in its educational strategic management, on cooperative system. The University of Montréal’s Desjardins Center is and how it can be used dedicated to the study of financial cooperatives; the to increase profitability identity that will benefit University of Québec has a professorial chair for and development. Case educators working with cooperatives; The University of Sherbrooke houses the studies of cooperatives in cooperative boards, in I'nstitut de recherché et d'enseignement pour les Canada, Mexico and coopératives de l'Université of Sherbrooke and the strategic planning, Costa Rica will illustrate University of Laval has strong cooperative programs. the model. cooperative development or Recently, the legislature committed money to hire 11 promoting the cooperative Lafleur’s presentation agents to promote cooperative education and collective offers a new prospective business form. entrepreneurship. on cooperative identity that will benefit educators working with Using Cooperative cooperative boards, in strategic planning, cooperative development or promoting the cooperative business form. Identity in Strategic Planning is Focus of (Lafleur continued on page 4) Keynote Address and Workshop UniRcoop Understanding the importance of Michel Lafleur integrating cooperative identity into Michel Lafleur is a founder of UniRcoop, a network of a cooperative’s strategic management plan is the focus of professors and researchers specializing in cooperatives the 2004 ACE Institute keynote presentation. Michel from 21 universities of 15 countries of the Americas. Lafleur, a professor of management at the University of The organization’s annual publication, the UniRcoop Sherbrooke, will speak and conduct a workshop titled Review, contains articles relating to cooperation among “Cooperative Identity: The Center of Business and Developmental Success” at the ACE Institute on cooperatives. The 2003 Review is Diagnosis of the Wednesday, August 4, from 1:00 - 4:00 pm in the Delta Cooperative Movement in the Americas. The Montréal Hotel. organization also holds an annual seminar. This year’s According to Lafleur, current management models were not seminar, The Cooperative Identity, at the Very Heart of designed with cooperatives in mind. As a result, when its Success: Presentation of Management Tools, will these models are adapted to a cooperative business they fail meet at the University of Sherbrooke from October to analyze the strategic benefits of the cooperative identity. Recent research by Lafleur and others at the Institut de 4 - 8. For more information about UniRcoop, go to recherche et d'enseignement pour les coopératives de www.unircoop.org. l'Université of Sherbrooke (IRECUS) proposes a new strategic management model, the theory of cooperative challenges. The theory allows co-operators, researchers and teachers to better understand the contribution of the cooperative identity in the commercial and developmental success of a cooperative. 3 ACE INSTITUTE 2004 ACE Institute Agenda Connecting With Youth Wrap Up AUGUST 4-7, 2004 7:00 pm DELTA MONTRÉAL Post Institute Tour to Québec City MONTRÉAL, QUÉBEC Depart for Québec City COOPERATIVE EDUCATION: ENHANCING YOUR See article on page 5 BUSINESS, STRENGTHENING YOUR COMMUNITY Saturday, August 7 Wednesday, August 4 Morning/Afternoon 9:00 am – 12:00 Noon Tour Québec City Pre-Institute Workshop: Education’s Role in Positioning 7:30 pm Cooperatives for the Future Return to Montréal 1:00 – 4:00 pm Keynote Speaker and Workshop: Cooperative Identity: The Center of Business and Developmental Success See article on page 2 4:00 – 5:00 pm ACE Annual Meeting See articles on page 3 and 6 5:30 – 7:30 pm Québec Cooperative Community Reception Sponsored by Desjardins Thursday, August 5 8:30 – 9:30 am The Social Economy of Québec 9:30 am – 5:00 pm Cooperative Study Tours See article on page 6 6:00 – 9:30 pm Attention ACE Members ACE Reception, Awards, Banquet and Auction The 2004 ACE Annual Meeting will be held on Wednesday, August 4 at 4:00 pm at the Delta Montréal Friday, August 6 in Montréal, Canada. All ACE members are welcome and encouraged to attend this meeting. The meeting will 8:00 – 12:00 Noon include voting on two proposed bylaw changes (see Making Research Relevant related article on page 6), announcement of the results of the election for directors, and an update on the 1:00 to 3:00 pm organization’s plans for the future. For further details Attracting and Developing Women Leaders about the annual meeting, contact Leslie Mead at in Cooperatives 703/578-1820 or email@example.com. 4 ACE INSTITUTE (Lafleur continued from page 2) Lafleur holds a doctorate in business administration ACE Awards Redesigned (DBA) and a master in cooperative management and development from the University of Sherbrooke. His Thanks to Cooperativa Seguros Múltiples de Puerto Rico research and teaching concentrates on management and (Múltiples), an original art piece has been designed to sustainable development, with a particular emphasis on replace the small engraved plaques past award recipients cooperative management strategies. He is director of the received. The new award features a stained glass design IRECUS and responsible for a new master’s program in on a wooden base. The award recipient’s name will be management and sustainable development. engraved on a gold plate at the base of the plaque. Múltiples has graciously volunteered to donate the He is involved in the Québec cooperative movement awards to ACE each year. and is currently president of the Coopérative d'alimentation naturelle La Grande Ruche in The vision and mission of the ACE Institute is expressed Sherbrooke. He was president of the Coopérative in the new design. The award is a sphere divided into de l'Université de Sherbrooke. multi-colored sections which point toward the sphere's center. The design represents the dynamic presence and Lafleur has participated in several international diversity of ACE, the development of educational cooperation projects, notably in Mali and several Latin initiatives, and the pursuit of professional excellence. America countries. Múltiples is a cooperatively owned property and casualty Bastien Dion, graduate student and research assistant at insurance company. The donation of the artist designed IRECUS, also participated in research related to the awards combines the organization’s strong commitment theory of cooperative challenges. to the arts with its commitment to cooperative education. ACE Awards Institute Scholarship Support Don’t forget to nominate your favorite cooperative Scholarship and travel stipends for the ACE Institute are educator, program or organization for an ACE Award. available for a limited number of eligible applicants The annual ACE Awards recognize outstanding through a grant from the Nationwide Foundation and leadership and achievement in cooperative education, ACE. For more information, look at the Scholarship training and professional development. Awards will Guidelines and Application on the ACE website at be presented at the ACE banquet on Thursday, http://www.wisc.edu/uwcc/ace/ace.html. August 5 for – Scholarships may also be available through the Ralph K. Outstanding contribution to cooperative Morris Foundation. Deadline for the Morris Foundation education and training is May 15. For more information and an application, go Professional contributions by an ACE member to http://www.ralphkmorrisfoundation.org. The William Hlushko Award for young cooperative educators The Reginald J. Cressman ACE Award A New Look for ACE recognizing commitment to staff development This ACE Update marks the unveiling of the new ACE ACE education program award, and logo. The logo was redesigned to better represent the organization’s multi-national membership. The new logo Outstanding contribution to ACE by will be introduced in other ACE publications this year. an organization A E More details about the awards and the nomination process are available on the ACE website at http://www.wisc.edu/uwcc/ace/ace_awards.html. The deadline for nominations is July 1. Association of Cooperative Educators 5 ACE INSTITUTE Registration and Hotel Information Post Institute Tour: Old Québec City Registration Fees The Post Institute Tour is to the cradle of French The Institute registration civilization in North America, Old Québec City. Its fee is $360US/$477CA. architecture and streetscapes show evidence of the role Included in this price are Québec City played as a the Institute program and capitol under French, speakers, reception (Aug. British and Canadian rule. 4), continental breakfasts The capitol of Québec (Aug. 5-6), lunches (Aug 5- province, the nearly 400- 6), cooperative study tour year-old city was added to (Aug. 5) and banquet (Aug the United Nations 5). Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization Pre-Institute Workshop fee World Heritage List in is $30US/$40CA. 1985. Built on the banks Delta Montréal Hotel Payment can be made in US of the St. Lawrence River, or Canadian dollars. it is the one of a few remaining walled cities in North Registration fees increase after July 5. The Institute America. Old Québec City offers countless historic and registration form is available on the ACE website at cultural attractions within walking distance of the hotel. http://www.wisc.edu/uwcc/ace/ace.html. For more information about Old Québec and walking tours, go to the following sites: Hotel http://www.quebecheritage.com/; The Delta Montréal is located at 475, avenue du http://www.ville.quebec.qc.ca/en/exploration/circuits.shtml. Président-Kennedy, Montréal, Québec H3A 1J7. Make The tour will depart by bus from the Delta Montréal on reservations directly with the hotel by calling Friday, August 6, at 7:00 pm 1/877/286-1986. Indicate you are with the Association and arrive in Québec City of Cooperative Educators to get the Institute rate of around 10:30 pm. On $159CA single/double. Make reservations by July 5. Saturday, August 7, participants will be able to If you have registered for the post institute tour, you will stroll the historic sites of not need a room at the Delta Montréal for the night of Old Québec City. The bus Friday, August 6. The post institute tour price includes will depart from the Hôtel accommodations at the Hôtel Manoir Lafayette in Manoir Lafayette at 7:30 Québec City for Friday, August 6. However, you will pm for the return trip to probably need to reserve a room at the Delta Montréal the Delta Montréal. for Saturday, August 7 as the post-Institute tour bus will not arrive in Montréal until after 10 pm. The cost of the tour is $200US/$265CA single occupancy and $120US/$160CA double occupancy. Need More Information? The tour includes one night lodging at the Hôtel Manoir A program with more details about this year’s Institute Lafayette and round trip bus transportation between and registration information will be mailed shortly to all Montréal and Québec City. ACE will make room ACE members. Watch the ACE website for Institute reservations directly with the hotel based on Post updates http://www.wisc.edu/uwcc/ace/ace.html or Institute Tour registration. contact Leslie Mead at 703/578-1820 or firstname.lastname@example.org. 6 ACE NEWS Donate Early and Often to the ACE Auction Board Approves Increase in ACE Dues; Money raised by the ACE auction keeps dues and Bylaw Changes Institute registration fees low, and is used to offer Institute scholarships to students and new members The ACE Board of Directors approved an increase in from small organizations. For those attending the ACE membership dues from $40 to $50 for individual Institute, be sure to bring the auction merchandise to members and from $100 to $150 for institutional Montréal. For those unable to attend but interested in members. Under the bylaws, a dues increase must be contributing items, contact Ken Astrup at 701/252-2340 approved by members. Members will vote on the or kastrup@NDFU.org to make arrangements. The increase at the annual meeting on Wednesday, August 4, auction will be Thursday, August 5. Don’t forget to pack at the Delta Montréal. ACE dues have not been your checkbook. increased for more than seven years. The money raised by the increase in dues will be used to build the organization’s reserves to a level recommended by Cooperative Study Tours ACE’s auditor. Year in and year out, one of the highlights of the ACE The Board also approved the following changes to the Institute is the cooperative study tours. This year will be ACE bylaws to improve the board nominating process: no exception. The Montréal area offers many cooperatives • Reduce from 90 to 45 the number of days prior to the and cooperative organizations to visit. Once again, annual meeting that the nominating committee makes participants may choose between rural and urban tours. its recommendations; The cooperative tours will include visits to the following locations: • Reduce from 75 to 30 the number of days prior to the Urban Tour annual meeting ballots are sent to the membership; Coopsco • Reduce from 15 to 7 the number of days prior to the a student cooperative at the University of Montréal; annual meeting ballots must be received by the Ecoles des Hautes Études Commerciales Executive Administrator; Business school at the University of Montréal and site • Make bylaw amendments effective immediately after of the Desjardin Center for the study of financial adoption by the membership (Under the current cooperatives; bylaws, amendments are effective 60 days after their Mountain Equipment Cooperative approval by the membership.); and a cooperatively owned sporting goods store; • Clarified that electronic voting for directors is allowed. Coop La Maison Verte The proposed bylaw amendment will also be voted on by a cooperative store, involved in social and environmental the ACE membership at the August 4 Annual Meeting. causes, recently honored as the region’s best new cooperative. Rural Tour Longueuil funeral cooperative; Ferme TechnoChamp –Coopérative fédéréé de Québec research farm; Other tour arrangements are pending, including a visit to a coopérative de solidarité, (social cooperative.) 7 MEMBER NEWS MEMBER NEWS Mark Johnson retired from Centralia College. He remains involved in the North West Cooperative Development Center, and cooperative development and Cynthia Martin, Education Officer at the Ontario Co-op education. He can be contacted at 360/754-9622 or Association in Guelph, ON is now Cynthia Lushman. 360/259-4543 (cell phone). E. Kim Coontz is the new executive director of the Yolo Remi Lafond, resigned his position as cooperative Mutual Housing Association in Davis. She is also working advisor for Agropur Coopérative. to establish a private non-profit organization to provide services similar to those of the former Center for Rene Campos Carbonell, president of Coopertiva Cooperatives at the University of California at Davis. Seguros Múltiples de Puerto Rico, was recently elected Coontz was academic coordinator at the Center. She to the board of The International Cooperative Mutual continues to do cooperative consulting work. Her new e- Insurance Federation (ICMIF). mail and phone number are email@example.com; 530/758-4674. James Montalvo has a new email address: firstname.lastname@example.org. Frank Blackburn, cooperative ambassador and jack of all trades for ACE, The Cooperative Foundation, and the CHS Foundation, recently Leesa Witt has resigned as Education Director of the returned from a five-week cooperative National Farmers Union. development assignment in Serbia. While there, the Cooperative Union of Serbia celebrated its Tammy Meyer has returned to the National FFA 110th anniversary. Blackburn reports Serbia was Foundation as manager of individual giving. Her new one of the 12 nations represented at the first ICA address is 6060 FFA Drive, P.O. Box 68960, Indianapolis, Congress in 1895 and was one of the signers of IN 46268-0960, phone: 317/802-4416, the Rochdale Principles declaration at the ICA Fax: 317/802-5416. She was recently elected to the Congress in 1896. The Serbian Cooperative Union Ralph K. Morris Foundation Board of Trustees. has nearly 600 members and a staff of seven. Phil Dodge, an organizing member of ACE and former ACE administrator, died December 5, 2003. Dodge, born in 1913, spent his life in the cooperative movement. He worked in the Rural Electrification Administration prior to joining the Cooperative League of the United States of America (CLUSA). During his decades long tenure with the organization, he was a prolific writer and editor for many CLUSA publications and actively involved in organizing housing cooperatives. After retiring from CLUSA, he worked to This picture was taken at the anniversary celebration. In the develop inner city and suburban cooperatives as front row from left to right in the picture above are Djorje director of the Co-op Center in Chicago. Bugarin, President of the Cooperative Union of Vojovodina; Ivano Barberini, the International Cooperative Alliance Phil and his wife of 53 years, Noni, often traveled to President; Blackburn; and Dobrica Eric, the poet lauterate of other countries to enhance their world perspective on Serbia. In the second row, the tall man is Branko Kurilic' cooperation. They were both active participants in from America's Development Foundation, and the man to the left of Blackburn is Dragoljub Govedarovic, President of the their credit unions and other co-op ventures in Illinois. Cooperative Union of Serbia. Noni died in the fall of 2003. 8 MEMBER NEWS Cooperative Cares, a worker cooperative of group and To order contact: personal care providers in rural Wisconsin, is one of 15 Centre for the Study of Co-operatives finalists in the Innovations in American Government 101 Diefenbaker Place Awards. Margaret Bau, a Cooperative Development University of Saskatchewan Specialist for USDA Rural Development, provided Saskatoon, SK, Canada, S7N 5B8 education and technical assistance in the formation of Phone: 306/966-8509 / Fax: 306/966-8517 Cooperative Cares. The award honors the most creative, E-mail: email@example.com forward thinking, results-driven government programs at Website: http://www.usaskstudies.coop the state, local, tribal and federal levels in the U.S. . Often referred to as the Oscars among good-government prizes, the awards are a program of the Ash Institute for New Members Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard Aubrey Crawford University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. Yvette Philander Each semifinalist is eligible to win one of five grants of Myrtle Richards $100,000. For more information about Cooperative Kuru Kuru Co-operative College Cares, go to www.co-opcare.com. Georgetown, Republic of Guyana Additional information about the Innovations in Louis Grenier American Government Awards is available at Co-options Consulting, http://www.ashinstitute.harvard.edu/content.cfm?activ Calgary, AB CA esection=8. Lorraine Bedard Agropur Co-operative A new book by Brett Fairbairn, director of the Granby, QC CA University of Caroline Morin Saskatchewan Centre for Co-op Fédérée de Québec, the Study of Montréal, QC CA Co-operatives, has been Janice Thompson published. Living the Gay Lea Foods Co-op Dream: Membership and Guelph, ON CA Marketing in the Co- Carlos Jayne operative Retailing System Iowa Farmers Union was written for the 75th Ames, IA USA anniversary of Federated Co-operatives Ltd. (FCL), Steve Kelly NASCO The book chronicles FCL’s Ann Arbor, MI USA climb from the crisis of the early eighties to its Elizabeth Bailey current position as Saskatchewan’s most successful Cooperative Development Foundation Washington, DC USA business. Based on in-depth interviews with directors, managers, employees and co-op members, it is an Amber Dumont inspiring story of an extraordinary, community-based Maryland & Virginia Milk Producers enterprise. Reston, VA USA The book, published by the Centre for the Study of Co- Thomas Decker CUNA & Affiliates, operatives at the University of Saskatchewan, contains Madison, WI USA 288 pages and black and white photographs. It costs $20CA plus shipping and handling. Art Jaeger Jeannine Kenney National Cooperative Business Association Washington, DC USA 9 WORTH NOTING A new social audit manual developed by the Canadian Montana Farmers Union President Brooks Dailey, Montana Co-operative Association (CCA) and NATTCO Network – Co-op Development Center Director Ty Duncan, Montana Visayas (VICTO), a regional co-operative development State University Agricultural Professor Dr. Marty Frick and center in the Philippines, is now available. The 131-page USDA Rural Development Co-op Specialist Bill Barr. The Social Audit Manual is a step-by-step tool for evaluating group toured the Bozeman Food Co-op and the BigTimber the broader impact of business decisions on people and Works, builder workers and forest products cooperative, communities. For a free download, go to as well as enjoyed one full day skiing at Bridger Bowl and www.CoopsCanada.coop/coopdevelopment/international developing their own sets of cooperative lesson plans. dev/news/. Coordinators for the event were Amber Hill, North Dakota Farmers Union state education director, and Diana A new peer reviewed co-operative journal entitled The Adamson, Montana Farmers Union vice president and International Journal of Co-operative Management is former state education director. getting ready to publish its second issue. The publication comes from the University of Leicester’s Unit for Membership Based Organizations in Great Britain. The Ag Co-op Council of Oregon sponsors first issue, published last July, focused on the theme of cross-sector tours strategic problems facing co-operatives. For more information, go to www.le.ac.uk/ulmc/umbo/. By John McCulley "I didn't realize that," was the reaction of an employee of The International Organisation of Industrial, Artisanal an agricultural cooperative seeing first hand the operation and Service Producers´ Co-operatives (CICOPA) has of a cooperative bicycle company. He was participating in issued a new Declaration on co-operative worker the annual tour of non-farm cooperatives designed to help ownership. CICOPA is a sectoral organization of the agricultural co-op employees appreciate the diversity of International Co-operative Alliance. The declaration arose businesses that are cooperatives while building an out of the World Conference of Worker Co-ops, held last understanding of the commonality cooperatives share. September, as an endeavor to establish criteria for worker (Oregon continued on page 10) co-ops as distinct from conventional wage-based and self- employed work. For more information, go to http://www.ica.coop/ica/sb/cicopa.html The National Society of Accountants for Cooperatives has released its staff and closed its national office in Springfield, VA. A multi-management company, Advanced Management Concepts (AMC) will take over the day-to-day operations of the organization. The Montana Farmers Union hosted 28 Farmers Union Doreen Ferguson (l) describes the operations of young adults from Colorado, Montana and North Dakota Burley Design Cooperative to (from l to r) Jean at a collegiate conference on cooperatives, February 13- Garboden, Wilco Farmers; Jon Sperl, Pendleton 16 in Bozeman, MT. Among the guest presenters at the Grain Growers (PGG); Jake Wilson, Wilco; Doug educational event titled "Cooperating For Success" were Case, PGG; and Larry Burt, Oregon State University. National Farmers Union Government Relations Burley Design is a worker owned cooperative that Representative Katy Ziegler, NFU Director of Economic & manufactures bicycle trailers, bicycles and bicycle Co-op Development Jeff Moser, Dakota Pride clothing in Eugene, Oregon. Cooperatives Marketing Director Sarah Thorstad, 10 WORTH NOTING (Oregon continued from page 9) Sponsored by the Agricultural Cooperative Council of $5,000 MATCHING GRANT AWARDED BY Oregon, the two-day event in mid-February featured First THE COOPERATIVE FOUNDATION TO THE Alternative Natural Foods Cooperative (Corvallis), Burley Design Cooperative (Eugene), Cooperative Managers COOPERATIVE COMMUNITY FUND PROGRAM Association (Corvallis), Consumers Power (Philomath) The Cooperative Foundation (TCF) has awarded a and Marion and Polk Schools Credit Union (Salem). $5,000 matching grant to the Cooperative Questions went back and forth at each stop on issues Community Fund (CCF) Program of the Twin like board selection, qualifications to serve on the board, Pines Cooperative Foundation (TPCF). The getting new members, serving members, accounting $5,000 will be donated as a match to a food systems, point of sale inventory control, improving cooperative from the Upper Midwest to start a attendance at annual meetings, management structure, Cooperative Community Fund in 2004. TCF, patronage refund plans and a myriad of other hot topics. based in St. Paul, MN, is the first regional Gracious hosts described their businesses emphasizing supporter of the Cooperative Community Fund their successes and describing their challenges. program. They join three national supporters: Twin Pines Cooperative Foundation, Davis, CA; Participants gave the tour high marks and returned to National Cooperative Bank/NCBDC, Washington, their co-ops encouraging fellow employees to take DC; and the MSI Fund, Arden Hills, MN. advantage of this educational opportunity in the future. John McCulley is executive secretary of the Agricultural In June, TPCF applications to join the CCF Cooperative Council of Oregon. program will be available for additional food co- ops. Through the generosity of TCF, at least one $5,000 match will be made available to a food co- op in the Upper Midwest. TPCF will make one additional $5,000 match available to a non- California Cooperative and one match available to a California cooperative. The Cooperative Foundation awarded Grants to the The Cooperative Community Fund operates like following: an endowment. The annual earnings are donated Northcountry Cooperative Foundation for support by the local CCF participants to non-profit and of the 2004 Common Communities conference cooperative groups. Cooperative Development Foundation for sponsorship of a table at the 2004 Cooperative Hall of Fame Banquet for participants of the NCBA Cooperative Leadership Development Program CHS, Inc has redesigned and Cooperative Community Fund matching grant re-organized its website. (See box.) Check it out at www.chsinc.com. North American Students of Cooperation to provide scholarship funds for low-income students and speaker expenses for the 2004 NASCO Institute Co-operative Trust Company of Canada, Coast Capital U.S. Conference for Workplace Democracy for Savings and Credit Union and Mega Group have been assistance with the 2004 conference to be held named to Canada's 50 Best Managed Companies in the Twin Cities Program for 2003. 11 WORTH NOTING A marketing campaign geared towards the lesbian Publications and gay population has earned VanCity Credit Union the Innovation Award from Credit Union Central of Cooperative Housing Toolbox: A Practical Guide for British Columbia (CUCBC). The campaign included ads Cooperative Success, by Northcountry Cooperative in mainstream newspapers and was meant to build Foundation in partnership with Northcountry affinity with the lesbian and gay population, while Cooperative Development Fund, 2003, publicly acknowledging the diversity of the credit http://www.ncdf.coop/pdfs/Housing_Toolbox_.pdf union’s membership and community. The campaign was recognized as innovative because of the extensive Rediscovering the Cooperative Advantage: Poverty consultation with the community and employees and reduction through self-help, by Johnston Birchall, because it was the first time a financial institution had International Labour Organization, 2003, come out in mainstream media. http://www.wisc.edu/uwcc/info/cd/jb1.pdf What motivates members to participate in the governance of consumer co-operatives? A study of the The British Columbia Cooperative Association (BCCA) Cooperative Group, by Johnston Birchall and Richard has moved. The new address is 1737 West 3rd Avenue, Simmons, University of Sterling, Research Report No. 2, Suite 230, Vancouver, BC, V6J 1K7 January 2004, http://www.wisc.edu/uwcc/info/consumer/rr2.pdf BCCA has hired Jan Taylor to design and deliver Advisory Services for the A Brief Reflection of Forestry Cooperatives in the US, Co-op Development UWCC Bulletin March 2004, by Emily Sturgess, Initiative in BC, and provide Kimberly Zeuli and Mark Rickenbach, technical support for the http://www.wisc.edu/uwcc/info/uwcc_bulletins/bulleti development of new co- n_03_04.pdf operatives in strategic sectors of British Success Factors for Value Added New Generation Columbia's commercial and social economy. Taylor has Cooperatives, by Jared G. Carlberg, Rodney B. Holcomb experience in the field of community development and and Clement E. Ward, Selected Paper, Southern an understanding of the development needs of Agricultural Economics Association, organizations in both the co-op and non-profit sectors. http://agecon.lib.umn.edu/cgi- bin/pdf_view.pl?paperid=6747&ftype=.pdf Measuring the Impact of Cooperatives in Minnesota, by Joe Folsom, United States Department of Agriculture, Charlie Lucht, a cooperative pioneer involved in the Rural Business - Cooperative Service, RBS Research development of many cooperatives in the Northwest, Report 200, December 2003, died of a heart attack while speaking to an http://www.wisc.edu/uwcc/info/usdarbs/rbs200.pdf agricultural cooperatives class at Oregon State University. Condolences can be sent to Dorothy Social Co-op and Social Care: An Emerging Role for Lucht at 32372 Dryland Road, Molalla, OR 97038; Civil Society by John Restake, phone 503/651-2055. http://www.ccabc.bc.ca/home.html 12 WORTH NOTING Events May 6 – 7 June 26 – July 24 2004 Co-operative Corporate Governance Conference for Bologna Summer Program for Co-operative Studies 2004, Corporate Secretaries, Toronto, ON, Economics and Management of Co-operative Enterprises, http://www.coopcca.com/meetings/otherccameetings/ University of Bologna, http://www.ccabc.bc.ca/home.html May 14 – 18 Building Cooperative Futures Conference, July 25 – 28 Calgary, AB CA Cooperative Opportunity on Leadership (COOL) Youth Tour, http://bcics.uvic.ca/youthzone/youthconf-calgary04.htm Columbus OH, http://www.macc.coop May 24 – 26 US Conference of Democratic Workplaces, Minneapolis, MN, August 18 – 21 http://www.usworker.coop/ National Association of Housing Cooperatives, Annual Conference, Boston, MA, June 3 – 5 http://www.coophousing.org/2004AC.shtml Canadian Association for Studies in Co-operation, Annual Meeting, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB September 3 – 7 Vertical Markets & Cooperative Hierarchies: The Role of June 10 – 12 Cooperatives in the International Agri-Food Industry, Consumer Cooperative Management Association (CCMA) Chania, Greece Annual Conference, Minneapolis, MN, http://www.esf.org/euresco/04/sc04171 http://www.wisc.edu/uwcc/events/calendar.html#ccma September 7 – 9 June 12 – 15 International Cooperatives Forum 2004, Muenster, Germany Cooperative Communicators Association, Annual Institute, http://www.icf2004.org Louisville, KY, http://www.communicators.coop/default.cfm?page_id=264 November 1 – 2 Annual Farmer Cooperatives Conference, Kansas City, MO, June 23 – 25 http://www.wisc.edu/uwcc/farmercoops04/index.html Summer Director Leadership Workshop, Wisconsin Rapids, WI, http://www.wisc.edu/uwcc/events/calendar.html#sdl November 3 NCR-194, “Research on Cooperatives” Annual Meeting, Kansas City, MO, http://www.agecon.ksu.edu/accc/ncr194/default.html The 2004 ACE Institute Delta Montréal Montréal, Québec August 4-7, 2004 2003-2004 ACE Board of Directors Anne Reynolds (2004) William J. Nelson (2005) Dr. Carmen Lopez (2005) President 651/355-5481 787/763-8611 608/263-4775 651/355-5073 - fax 787/763-8643 - fax 608/262-3251 - fax firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org Ken Astrup (2004) Darcy Mykytyshyn (2004) Colette Lebel (2006) 701/252-2340 403/342-8425 Vice President 701/252-6584 - fax 403/347-6686 - fax 514/858-2033 email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org 514/850-2578 - fax email@example.com Louis Doering (2006) James Montalvo Laracuente (2006) 651/215-3480 Bob Cohen (2005) 787/758-8585 ext. 2400 651/215-3576 - fax Secretary 787/758-3216 - fax firstname.lastname@example.org 419/755-4269 email@example.com 419/755-4367 - fax firstname.lastname@example.org The ACE Newsletters and Updates are published quarterly by the Association of Cooperative Educators. Copy deadline for the next issue is May 15. The Summer Newsletter will be available in mid-June. ACE: c/o The Cooperative Foundation P.O. Box 64047 St. Paul, MN 55164 USA Delivery address: 5500 CENEX Drive Inver Grove Heights, MN 55075 USA Telephone: 651/355-5481 Fax: 651/355-5073 website: http://www.wisc.edu/uwcc/ace/ace.html Executive Administrator and Editor Leslie Mead 703/578-1820 email@example.com Contributors to this issue: Frank Blackburn, Anne Reynolds, William Nelson, Colette Lebel, Jeff Moser, John McCulley, James Montalvo, Jerker Nilsson, Nora Russell, Evert Van der Sluis, Stan Dreyer, Patricia Vaucher, Michel Lafleur, E. Kim Coontz, Deborah Kay, Corinne LeMoal.
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