The Wisconsin Federation of Cooperatives celebrates Governor Jim Doyle's recent signing of an official proclamation declaring October "Co-op Month" in Wisconsin.
Each year, throughout the nation, October is proclaimed Co-op Month and cooperatives and their members make a special effort to educate the public about their member-owned and member-controlled business form.
This year WFC celebrates with a statewide theme of "Co-opportunities!" Cooperatives have a long history of creating opportunities to meet the needs of their members. In areas like rural health insurance, bioenergy, and telecommunications, the time-tested cooperative model continues to prove its worth.
"Cooperatives are partners in their communities," said WFC President and CEO Bill Oemichen. "They create opportunities for rural Wisconsin by investing in economic development that keeps these areas thriving."
Cooperatives provide just about any good or service their members need, including credit and financial services, health care, child care, housing, insurance, and legal and professional services. Cooperatives sell food, farm supplies, hardware, and recreational equipment. They also provide utilities such as electricity, telephone, television, and internet service, as well as process and market products and goods for their members.