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File #: 18-1671    Version: 1 Name: Proclamation for Co-op Month 2018
Type: Proclamation Status: Filed
File created: 9/24/2018 In control: City Council
On agenda: 10/1/2018 Final action: 10/1/2018
Enactment date: Enactment #:
Title: Proclamation for Co-op Month 2018


Proclamation for Co-op Month 2018



Co-Op Month

October 2018


WHEREAS,                     Cooperatives are a unique form of collaborative business where members own, use, and run their own businesses not for profit, but for the collective good of members; and


WHEREAS,                     Cooperative businesses are operated according to the Rochdale Principles, recognized and used by co-ops throughout the world, which include: Voluntary and open membership; Democratic member control (1 person 1 vote); Members’ economic participation (limited return on investment, rebates in proportion to usage); Autonomy and  independence; Education, training and information (for members and the general public, about the benefits and practices of cooperation); Cooperation among cooperatives; and Concern for community; and


WHEREAS,                     There are 40,000 cooperative businesses in the United States, serving more than 346 million members in nearly every sector of the economy, including, but not limited to: producer, agriculture, finance, purchasing, child care, energy and utilities, housing, food, education, retail, worker, and more; and


WHEREAS,                     There are cooperative businesses throughout Ann Arbor, including, but not limited to The Inter-Cooperative Council of the University of Michigan, Forest Hills Cooperative Housing, Arrowwood Hills Cooperative Housing, Colonial Square Cooperative; Pinelake Village Cooperative; Ann Arbor Cooperative Nursery, Stone School Cooperative Nursery, First United Methodist Cooperative Nursery; University of Michigan Credit Union, Huron River Area Credit Union; and the People’s Food Co-op; and


WHEREAS,                     October is Co-op Month, first so designated in 1948 by the Minnesota Association of Cooperatives and celebrated by co-ops throughout the United States as a time to honor the service to their members and their communities provided by cooperative businesses.


NOW THEREFORE, I, Christopher Taylor, Mayor of Ann Arbor, Michigan, on behalf of the City Council and citizens of Ann Arbor, do hereby officially honor the cooperative businesses that serve the Ann Arbor community, and encourage city residents to explore the benefits available through cooperative businesses by proclaiming the month of October as “Co-op Month” in the City of Ann Arbor. 


I hereby set my hand and seal

This 1st day of October, 2018



 Christopher Taylor

Mayor of the City of Ann Arbor