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Cooperative Governance

Articles of Incorporation for Cooperatives, including a Sample Outline, from How to Start a Cooperative, Cooperative Information Report 7, United States Department of Agriculture, Rural Business-Cooperative Service, Galen Rapp and Gerald Ely, Revised September 1996.

Atlantic Canada Co-op Merger: Weaving a Cloth of Many Threads
By Tom Webb, Cooperative Grocer March/April 2001

Co-op Atlantic Stores to Merge
By Tom Webb Cooperative Grocer November/December 2000

ICA Rules, Policies, Procedures & Standing Orders

Boards of Directors

Annual Audits Board Responsibilities
CIR 41. 17 pgs. Reprinted 1995. Rosemary K. Mahoney
USDA Rural Development

Appraising Manager Performance
Research Report 136. 48 pgs. 1994. Galen W. Rapp
USDA Rural Development

Building a Productive Board: Observations from 35 Years of Cooperative Work from the Staff of UWCC

Compensation for Farmer Cooperative Directors A Statistical Analysis ,
By Bruce J. Reynolds
NCR-194 Research on Cooperatives Annual Meeting Presentation Paper, October 29, 2003

The Competetive Advantages of Stakeholder Mutuals
Shann Turnbull, Macquarie University, Sydney
12th Annual Meeting on Socio-Economics, Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics, London School of Economics, July 9, 2000

Cooperative Grocers Associations: Advancing cooperation among cooperatives
By Robynn Shrader, Cooperative Grocer May/June 2001

Cost Overruns and Expansion Problems
By John Corbett, Cooperative Grocer May/June 2001

Creating Boards that Lead
Ann Hoyt , June 1995. This article originally appeared in The Cooperative Grocer, June-July, 1995. It describes the meaningful and critical role boards must play in cooperative affairs.

Credit Union Governance and Survival of the Cooperative Form
Ken Davis
University of Melbourne - Department of Accounting and Finance
Journal of Financial Services Research, Vol. 19, No. 2/3, April 2001

Criteria for Separating Cooperative Board and Executive Decision Areas, Information on board-manager relations from the University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives

Director assessments are building blocks to productive board-management relationships
by James J. Wadsworth, Rural Cooperatives November/December 2000

Director Liability in Agricultural Cooperatives
CIR 34. 39 pgs. Reprinted 1996. Douglas Fee, Allen C. Hoberg, and Linda Grim McCormick
USDA Rural Development

Evaluating Board Performance
by Robert Cropp, January 1996. Material from a workshop presented for the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives.

An Examination of Member and Non-member Issues in Fruit and Vegetable Marketing Cooperatives in the Mid-Atlantic/Northeast Region. Publication for the NCR - 194 Research on Cooperatives Annual Meeting held on December 12-13, 2000

Excelling in Co-op Governance
by Will Hughes

Introduction to Roberts Rules of Order

Leadership Development for Rural Health
Tim Size, Executive Director Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative North Carolina Medical Journal January/February 2006

Leadership Pathways: Women Agriculture Directors
By Kristine G. Rose,
Masters Thesis, College of St. Catherine,
St. Paul, Minnesota,
December 2002

Monitoring: Board's role in performance assurance policy governance
by Marilyn Scholl, May 1995. Monitoring performance against the standards created in board policies.

Patron Demand Deposit Account Financing: An Update.
by Ken Duft and Erica Brueckner. Publications for the NCR - 194 Research on Cooperatives Annual Meeting held on December 12-13, 2000

Policy Governance
Marilyn Scholl, December 1994. Critical areas for board policy development.

Sample Policies for Cooperatives
CIR 39. 46 pgs. Reprinted 1993. Galen W Rapp
USDA Rural Development

Selecting and Evaluating the Cooperative Manager
Frank Groves, UWCC Occasional Paper No 9 - September, 1987.

Video and introductory materials from National Association of Parliamentarians

Voting and Representation Systems in Agricultural Co-ops
Research Report 156. 12 pgs. 1997. Bruce J. Reynolds, Thomas W. Gray and Charles A. Kraenzle
USDA Rural Development

What Co-op Directors Do
CIR 14. 48 pgs. 1992. Gene Ingalsbe
USDA Rural Development

Bylaws

Guidelines for Cooperative Bylaws, developed by the University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives

Bylaws for Cooperatives, including a Sample Outline, from How to Start a Cooperative, Cooperative Information Report 7, United States Department of Agriculture, Rural Business- Cooperative Service
Galen Rapp and Gerald Ely, Revised September 1996.

Bylaws of the Arlington Co-op Arlington, Virginia

Bylaws of the Colorado Internet Cooperative Association, Boulder, CO.

Bylaws of the Honest Weight Food Cooperative, Albany, NY

Bylaws of the Lexington Food Co-op, Buffalo, NY

Bylaws of the Williamson Street Grocery Co-op, Madison, WI

Membership Documents

Membership Applications for Cooperatives, including a Sample Outline, from How to Start a Cooperative, Cooperative Information Report 7, United States Department of Agriculture, Rural Business-Cooperative Service, Galen Rapp and Gerald Ely, Revised September 1996

Online Training

Coops! ...and you
This University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives website offers learning modules on a number of cooperative topics; general information on co-ops; scholarship information and much more.

Online training program for underestanding cooperative financial statements from Cenex Harvest States/Land O'Lakes

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