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Attention: Virginia Cooperatives

Join the Virginia Cooperative Council!!!!!

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:

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:

Allen Melton Executive Secretary
Virginia Cooperative Council
PO Box 25202
Richmond, VA 23260

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 2016 (approved and not changed since 2002) is detailed below. If you have any questions regarding the dues, please contact Allen Melton (contact info above):



All Purchasing and Processing Marketing Cooperatives:

Group 1Purchasing, Processing and Non-processing Cooperatives
All Purchasing, Processing and non-processing cooperatives based on dollar volume with a maximum of $1,750.00
Group 2

Agricultural Credit Associations

Assessment shall be $7.70 per million dollars of outstanding loans as of the end of the last fiscal year. Maximum $1,500 per year.

Group 3

Rural Electric Cooperatives
Rural Telephone Cooperatives

Assessments shall be 1.925 cents per member at the close of the last fiscal year. Minimum dues to be $55 and maximum dues to be $1,500 per year.

Group 4Artificial Breeding Associations         Mutual Fire Insurance Companies
Associations of Electrical Coops        Breed & Livestock Improvement
Cold Storage Cooperatives               All other associations eligible for
                                                     cooperative membership

Assessment shall be 1.32 cents per member at the close of the last fiscal year. Minimum dues to be $55 and maximum dues $220 per year.

Group 5

Associate Membership dues:
$55 for an Organization
$16.50 for an Individual


Virginia Cooperative Council

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