Calling All Campers: Co-op Leadership Camp June 19-23

CLC Group 2016

“It was super fun and awesome, and I loved it! The new people I met especially impacted me,” a 2016 Co-op Leadership Camp participant shared. 

The Cooperative Council of North Carolina is now accepting applications for its annual Co-op Leadership Camp, which takes place June 19-23 in White Lake. Open to rising high school sophomores, juniors and seniors, the camp combines an interactive educational experience with outdoor fun in order to provide a memorable primer on how cooperatives operate.

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Cooperative Council Concludes Successful Annual Meeting


Dr. Troy Hall shares thoughts on cooperative leadership at the CCNC Annual Meeting in Raleigh.

The Cooperative Council of North Carolina hosted its Annual Meeting in Raleigh March 21-22. With the theme of Sharing our stories, creating our future, cooperators from across the Old North State engaged in educational and networking sessions, and had the opportunity to meet with state lawmakers. Continue reading

LGFCU President Maurice Smith Inducted into AACUC Hall of Fame

Maurice SmithThe African American Credit Union Coalition  (AACUC) inducted Maurice Smith, the President/CEO of Local Government FCU in Raleigh, into its Hall of Fame last week. Smith, who also serves as Vice Chairman of the Credit Union National Association (CUNA), joined three other credit union leaders in the Hall.

Smith’s induction came during CUNA’s Governmental Affairs Conference in Washington, DC. “This work we do in the credit union movement is God’s work and I don’t mean that as an exaggeration,” Smith said at the induction ceremony. “In our communities we have lots of people who are hurting from one thing or another and it’s our responsibility to help them live better lives.”

“Maurice Smith is a leading figure in the modern-day credit union movement,” said Carolinas Credit Union League (CCUL) President/CEO John Radebaugh. “His leadership has transformed Local Government into an innovative financial cooperative, and his wisdom, passion and vision has contributed to the growth of the credit union movement worldwide.”

LGFCU is a $1.7 billion full-service financial cooperative that serves employees and families of local government units in North Carolina. Smith has been President/CEO of the cooperative since 1999. Smith is a past president of the CCUL who has also served on the board of the Support Center (now the Carolina Small Business Development Fund), as well as the administrative board of the Filene Research Institute.

Cooperative Council Annual Meeting Just Three Weeks Away

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!”

Click here to view the agenda for the meeting, which also includes a registration link. For more information on the Council, please click here.



Durham Coop Market Notes Successes as 2-Year Anniversary Approaches

Last week, The Bridge profiled Durham Coop Market’s Round-Up Program, which allows recipients of the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program to receive a 20% discount on their DCM purchases. The program has been a remarkable success both in terms of helping people with limited budgets buy high quality food, as well as engaging the coop community around a good cause.

By any measure this program has been a huge success, which perfectly fits the storyline with DCM. Organized in 2015, the coop has surpassed many of its early goals and is poised to further capitalize on its promise in the future. Continue reading

On Strength of Round-Up Program, Durham Co-op Market Increases SNAP Discount for Shoppers

Since opening in Spring 2015, Durham Co-op Market has committed itself to being a cooperative that reflects the Durham Community. As part of this commitment, DCM offered all Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) participants a 10% discount on purchases. Fast forward to today and this founding commitment is getting a boost from members in the form of a new program called Round Up. Continue reading