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Join the Virginia Cooperative Council

Attention: Virginia Cooperatives

Whether you’re a cooperative, an association or individual that works with cooperatives, or an individual who believes cooperatives are the better solution when it comes to doing business, the Virginia Cooperative Council invites you to become part of the greater cooperative community in Virginia.

Membership in the Council means you’re part of an organization whose primary purpose is to promote the cooperative business model in Virginia and provides a number of programs aimed at educating Virginians about cooperatives, especially Virginia youth. As these youth learn more about Virginia’s cooperatives, they become more valuable and assessable to becoming future employees and leaders of our cooperatives in Virginia. Membership in the Council also provides opportunities for individual employees and managers of cooperatives to learn more about the cooperative business model and to network with individuals from other cooperatives.

If you are a cooperative operating in the state of Virginia, by all means, you should be a member of the Council! Joining is simple! Following is the excerpt from our bylaws that addresses membership qualifications:

Bylaws

Section 2: Qualifications of Cooperative Members

“Any incorporated cooperative agricultural marketing, bargaining, purchasing or farm business service association including rural electric cooperatives duly incorporated and operation under the Electric Cooperatives Act of 1936, telephone cooperatives, Farm Credit Associations incorporated under the provisions of the Farm Credit Act, and any other incorporated association serving members which is owned or controlled by those members and transacts business in Virginia on cooperative principles, shall be eligible for Cooperatives Membership in the Council. Any Cooperatives member having separate branch operations in Virginia that desires to include such branches or separate associations may do so by paying dues in accordance with the established schedule on the volume of each such branch, in which event each such branch shall entitled to its own delegates and vote at all meeting of members.”

Section 7: Associate Memberships

“Any individual, general rural/farmers’ organization or other public or semi-public office or agency sympathetic to the success of rural business cooperatives and operating in the State of Virginia may apply for Associate membership in the council by tendering an Application to the Executive Secretary of the council.”

If you determine that you or your association qualifies for membership in the Council, please contact the Council’s Executive Secretary for details on joining:

Suggested Schedule Of 2019 Dues Assement

EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2019

We do ask that you pay dues to be a member of the Council – dues that we need to support our youth education and other programs. The dues you will pay to be a member of the Council are very reasonable. The dues schedule effective for 2019 is detailed below. If you have any questions regarding the dues, please contact Allen Melton (contact info above):

An Honor System

No bills are sent to members, just a reminder to pay their dues with suggested schedule of assements.

All Purchasing, Processing and Non-processing Cooperatives

Based on dollar volume with a maximum of $1,750.00

Farm Credit

Assessment $8.85 per million dollars of outstanding loans at the end of their last fiscal year

Maximum $1,750.00

Rural Electric and Rural Telephone Cooperatives

Assessment 2.215 cent per member at end of their last fiscal year.

Minimum $75.00 – Maximum $1,750.00

Artificial Breeding / Associations of Electric Cooperatives / Mutual Fire Insurance Company / Breed and Livestock improvement / All other Associations eligible for Cooperative Membership

Assessment shall be 1.52 cent per member at close of the last fiscal year.

Minimum $75.00 – Maximum $250.00

Associate Membership Dues

$75.00 for an Organization

$20.00 for an Individual