October is Cooperative Month in the United States, and US Agriculture Secretary Thomas Vilsack recently recognized cooperatives nationwide for their efforts to strengthen communities as well as promote ownership and democracy. Vilsack’s proclamation of Cooperative Month also recognizes the valuable products and services all cooperative partners deliver to the country.
“I encourage all Americans to learn more about cooperatives and to celebrate cooperatives’ accomplishments with appropriate ceremonies and activities,” Vilsack wrote in his proclamation. October has been set aside as cooperative month in America for more than 50 years. The month calls attention to the many achievements of the cooperative movement, and to the vast array of products and services they deliver to millions of Americans.
This week also marks International Credit Union Day. Held on the third Thursday in each October, International Credit Union Day provides an opportunity for reflection and celebration of credit unions and credit union members. Credit unions & chapters in the Carolinas will join their fellow cooperatives in celebrating International Credit Union Day on Thursday, October 15. Thus year’s theme is People Helping People.
To view and download Secretary Vilsack’s proclamation, please click here. To learn more about International Credit Union Day, please click here. And if your credit union is celebrating International Credit Union Day, we’d like to know about it! Please share details and photos of your events with Jeff Hardin, the director of cooperative initiatives.