Cooperative Flavor Sets Stage for Oregon’s 2013 Legislative Session

Oregon’s legislators broke bread with advocates from electric, agricultural, telecommunications and credit union trade association cooperatives in Salem this week.

The luncheon was the ninth annual event sponsored by the Northwest Credit Union Association (NWCUA) and other cooperative trade associations in Oregon.

“Legislators and cooperative members look forward to this luncheon every year,” said Pamela Leavitt, the Oregon Legislative Affairs Advocate for the NWCUA. “It’s a great way to share the cooperative message.”

The event is traditionally held prior to the start of the legislative season. The food is a big draw—and rightfully so.

All of the ingredients are fresh and are contributed by Oregon’s farm cooperatives. The salad, for example, was a collaborative effort featuring hazelnuts, pears and dried cherries, all grown in the region. The menu included prime rib, fresh vegetables and Tillamook’s famous Vanilla Bean Ice Cream.

Cooperatives contributing to the lunch included:

  • County Natural Beef (Vale)
  • Diamond Fruit Growers (Odell)
  • Farmers Cooperative Creamery (McMinnville)
  • Hazelnut Growers of Oregon (Cornelius)
  • Malin Potato Co-op-(Merrill)
  • Norpac Foods (Stayton)
  • Oregon Cherry Growers (Salem)
  • Tillamook County Creamery Association (Tillamook)

Joining the NWCUA as a sponsoring cooperatives were the Oregon Telecommunications Association, the Oregon Rural Electric Cooperative Association and the Agricultural Cooperative Council of Oregon.

“The power of cooperation is a basic tenet for us,” said Troy Stang, president and CEO of the NWCUA. “We appreciate the opportunity to demonstrate that message with others—particularly with lawmakers who understand the benefits of cooperatives. This annual event is a symbolic reminder of what can happen when member-driven cooperatives work together to benefit the public.”

Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber proclaimed December to be Cooperative Month, noting that cooperatives enhance economic opportunity and improve the quality of lives in Oregon. In the signed proclamation, Kitzhaber stated that cooperatives “are owned and governed by their members and exist solely to serve their members’ interests.”

Kitzhaber also noted that concern for community is a core guiding principle of cooperatives and lauded them for contributing “significant income, employment and revenue” to the state of Oregon.


Questions? Contact a member of the Association’s Legislative Affairs team:

Jennifer Wagner, Vice President of Legislative Advocacy
Mark Minickiello, Vice President of Legislative Affairs
Pam Leavitt, Policy Advisor

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