With the theme of Sharing our stories, creating our Future, the Cooperative Council of North Carolina will hold its annual meeting Tuesday, March 21 – Wednesday, March 22 in Raleigh. The meeting features a host of cooperative voices and perspectives that span the generations. The event takes place at the conference facilities of the Quorum Center, which is located at 323 West Jones Street.
“I am really excited for this meeting as it serves as a fantastic way to connect, educate and promote our cooperatives across the state,” said CCNC Executive Director Emily Nail. Traditionally we think of cooperatives as our rural utilities cooperatives but the trend is moving into all industries.”
Following welcoming remarks from CCNC Board Member Amanda Knox, Dr. Troy Hall kicks off the meeting Tuesday afternoon with a presentation on motivational leadership. Hall, the COO at South Carolina Federal Credit Union, is a longtime credit union movement advocate who recently returned from a trip to Africa, where he visited with other leaders in cooperative finance.
Tuesday also features a Generations Panel Discussion, facilitated by Crissy Fishbane, a certified relationship and wellness coach. The panel features people involved with the cooperative movement from high school years through the generations to retired seniors.
Later in the evening, Coastal Credit Union serves as host for dinner. Paul C. Mugge, of NC State’s Center of Innovation Management Studies (CIMS) is the featured speaker.
On Wednesday morning, the meeting kicks off at the cafeteria at the NC General Assembly Building. The hour long event features cooperative voices sharing the stories of how they are positively impacting their members, employees and communities using the cooperative model and the Seven Cooperative Principles.
Jeff Hardin of the Carolinas Credit Union League will host a cooperative workshop later Wednesday morning that showcases what is happening in various parts of the cooperative movement and how different cooperative businesses operate.
The meeting concludes with a luncheon hosted by the NC Electric Membership Cooperatives. The keynote speaker for the event is Tom Campbell, the creator and moderator of NC Spin.
“I am excited to hear from our Food Cooperatives, Credit Unions, Electric Co-ops, Telephone Co-ops, Retail Co-ops and Agriculture Co-ops,” Nail said. “It is sure to be an exciting two days!”