Oregon Credit Unions, Other Cooperatives Sponsor Annual Co-Op Lunch for Legislators

As Oregon legislators gather in Salem to prepare for each winter’s session to gavel in, one of the most anticipated events is the Annual Co-Op luncheon sponsored by the Northwest Credit Union Association, the NW Agricultural Cooperative Council, the Oregon Rural Electric Cooperative Association, and the Oregon Telecommunications Association.

The luncheon, the 16th annual such event sponsored by cooperatives, took place Nov. 19. It was attended by a record 88 people including more than 25 lawmakers. The sponsors educated legislators about cooperatives, and how credit unions as not-for-profit financial cooperatives, are now serving two million Oregonians.

Governor Kate Brown declared Nov. 19 “Cooperative Day” and provided a proclamation.

“As Governor Brown’s proclamation noted, cooperatives in Oregon provide jobs and have a significant impact on the economy, “said Pamela Leavitt, NWCUA’s Policy Advisor, Oregon State Advocacy and Grassroots. “We appreciate the Governor for recognizing the voice and value that cooperatives give to Main Street.”

Legislators “crave” invitations and why not? The menu features prime rib, fresh pears, hazelnuts, potatoes, vegetables, and Tillamook ice cream donated by cooperative farmers and ranchers.

Posted in Advocacy on the Move.