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Securities Laws And Co-op Member Loan Programs
by Laddie Lushin

Last year, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a decision that will have dramatic implications for co-op member loan programs. No longer may loan solicitations be casually and informally conducted...

09 Jan 2004 #033 March - April - 1991
"We Live In A Political World"
by Dave Gutknecht

For many of us, pursuing careers in cooperatives is a means of applying, through the institutions we build by our daily work, principles that evoke a world of social justice. Perhaps -- in the...

09 Jan 2004 #033 March - April - 1991
Village Cooperation Builds A General Store
by Julie Shively

The Village Cooperative is a rural co-op located in the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, not far from the Connecticut River. We grew out of a buying club started in the mid-1970s, evolving...

09 Jan 2004 #032 January - February - 1991
Member Labor, Member Loans Threatened
by Dave Gutknecht

During 1990, long-standing but little noticed regulatory threats to member labor and member loan programs were carried out against cooperatives.

26 Jan 2010 #032 January - February - 1991
Putting Your Best Slate Forward
by Mari Hooten Lee

Some co-op leaders consider their organizations fortunate to find enough people just to fill the vacant seats on the board. But warm bodies are never enough. And imagine the stakes when, as at...

09 Jan 2004 #031 November - December - 1990
A Conversation With Mark Ritchie on Food and Co-ops
by Dave Gutknecht

 

Bruce Bacon is a community activist and market gardener in Ramsey, Minnesota.

Dave Gutknecht has been working with food cooperatives since the early 1970s, and is the publisher...

09 Jan 2004 #030 September - October - 1990
Turnover or Tenure:
by Karen Zimbelman

For some, the subject of limited terms for directors inspires passionate debate; for others the idea of limiting directors' service seems so improbable as to be laughable. Indeed, many food co-ops...

09 Jan 2004 #030 September - October - 1990
Hello Goodbye: Conducting Exit Interviews
by Carolee ColterYou may -- or may not! -- miss someone when they're gone.

In either case, holding exit interviews with departing staff will provide the co-op with valuable information to improve operations. It...

09 Jan 2004 #029 July - August - 1990
From a Monocultural to a Multicultural Organization
by Katja Hahn D'Errico

In my first article, I talked about the culture of U.S. and Canadian co-ops and noted how they were distinctly different from the mainstream white culture. I also raised questions around the lack...

09 Jan 2004 #029 July - August - 1990
Making the Minutes "Ours"
by Karen Zimbelman

Ever read over the minutes of a meeting and ask yoursel, "Did I attend that meeting?" Or, even worse, do you ever skip reading the minutes from your previous board meeting because they're so long...

09 Jan 2004 #029 July - August - 1990
Co-ops and the Three R's
by Dave Gutknecht

If each day is indeed Earth Day, we all must learn and relearn the new "Three Rs": reduce, reuse, recycle.

Just these three words by themselves are worth repeating, if only to make...

09 Jan 2004 #028 May - June - 1990
New Leaf Market Finds New Life
by Gretchen Hardin

Looking at New Leaf Market now, it would be hard to discern any of its history The new and sparkling clean store gives no hint of the struggles that this cooperative has overcome. Aisles are full...

09 Jan 2004 #027 March - April - 1990
Real Work Yields Real Progress at Hanover
by Harrison Drinkwater

It has been three years since United Developmental Services (UDS) approached the Hanover Co-op with a novel idea. UDS is an agency based in Hanover, NH, that works with people with developmental...

09 Jan 2004 #027 March - April - 1990
Cooperatives and Multi-Culturalism: The Challenge of Difference
by Katja Hahn D'Errico

The "Happy Valley," as the Hampden-Hampshire County area in Massachusetts is often called, has five colleges in its vicinity and is known for the liberal attitude of the population. In the 1970s,...

09 Jan 2004 #027 March - April - 1990
Abandoned Member Property Need Not Escheat to the State
by Lottie Cohen

Virtually every state has adopted a law similar to the Uniform Disposition of Unclaimed Property Act. 1 This article will outline how cooperatives have been affected by escheat laws and how one...

09 Jan 2004 #027 March - April - 1990
Co-opportunity Thrives Again
by Melody Washington

The story of Santa Monica's Co-opportunity is an arduous saga -- from early success, to the brink of failure, to its present very sound financial condition. When the cooperative opened its doors...

09 Jan 2004 #026 January - February - 1990
Getting and Giving Employment References
by Carolee Colter

An applicant's past performance in previous jobs is one of the best indicators you will get of how she will perform on the job. However, recent legal developments have changed the whole process of...

09 Jan 2004 #025 November - December - 1989
Store Security: Shoplifting Prevention and Internal Theft
by Karen Brown Shoplifting at the co-op! That just doesn't make sense. Why would anyone want to steal from this place? It's like stealing from yourself!

That's the kind of reaction I often encounter when...

09 Jan 2004 #025 November - December - 1989
Cooperative Capital and Member Equity Systems: The Heart of Cooperatives
by Dave Gutknecht

This section presents material intended to help readers active in the leadership of their cooperative to design and argue for an improved member equity system. Four co-ops are briefly surveyed...

09 Jan 2004 #025 November - December - 1989
Brattleboro Food Co-op: Coming of Age
by Connie Vial Green

In 1988, its thirteenth year, the Brattleboro Food Co-op more than doubled its size, changed its membership structure, remodeled an entire store and changed locations. You could say it was a busy...

09 Jan 2004 #024 September - October - 1989
Brattleboro Food Co-op: Coming of Age
by Alex Gyori

In 1988, its thirteenth year, the Brattleboro Food Co-op more than doubled its size, changed its membership structure, remodeled an entire store and changed locations. You could say it was a busy...

09 Jan 2004 #024 September - October - 1989
Growth Possibilities
by David Barry

Many cooperatives are considering issues relating to substantial growth. This article is based on material originally written for members of the Boston Food Co-op. But the specifics of our...

09 Jan 2004 #024 September - October - 1989
Co-op as Gift
by Dave Gutknecht

I read a lot of co-op newsletters, and by a combination of scanning and close reading learn a lot from them. Obviously, a site visit would be more informative, and a sight by means of one good...

09 Jan 2004 #024 September - October - 1989
Operating a Deli for Fun and Profit
by Rochelle Prunty

Our society's trend toward preparing fewer meals at home, combined with the rising popularity of natural foods and health consciousness, makes this a good time for natural foods retailers to...

09 Jan 2004 #024 September - October - 1989
Co-op Education is About Cooperatives
by Bob Schildgen

Co-op education is one of the most crucial yet least understood elements of the cooperative food business and of co-ops in general. At times it seems as if education is merely tolerated because...

09 Jan 2004 #024 September - October - 1989