NWCUA, Other Cooperatives Host Annual Cooperative Lunch for Legislators

The event won a bipartisan “yum” from lawmakers.

12/3/2019

The 16th annual Co-Op Celebration drew a record 88 attendees, each of whom left smarter about the value cooperatives deliver to Main Street.

If you’re a star gazer, you want an invitation to be on the red carpet at the Oscars. If you’re a racing enthusiast, you want tickets to the Indy 500, and if you’re a Seahawks fan, you want to be on the sidelines at Super Bowl LIV. But if you’re an Oregon legislator, the invite you crave is to the annual Co-Op Celebration lunch.

The event is held in Salem every fall and gives lawmakers preparing for the session ahead a nice break. The 16th annual Co-Op Celebration was held Nov. 19 and was sponsored by the Northwest Credit Union Association, the NW Agricultural Cooperative Council, the Oregon Rural Electric Cooperative Association, and the Oregon Telecommunications Association.

Why did a record crowd of 88 people devour this invitation? It’s a much better lunch than they can get at the capitol – no offense. The menu features prime rib, fresh pears, hazelnuts, potatoes, fresh vegetables, and Tillamook ice cream, with all food donated by Oregon cooperatives.

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.”