Final Agenda Announced For MCOC 59th Annual Meeting

By Guy Gregory
MCDC Communications Specialist


The Montana Council of Cooperatives is returning to Montana’s capital city for their 59th Annual Meeting, to be held at the Delta Hotels Helena Colonial (previously The Radisson Hotel).

On Monday, January 14, the event will kick off with the premiere showing of the fifth video in the “Montana Co-ops 101” training series. The educational video will feature several MCOC co-op leaders discussing Co-op Principle 4, “Autonomy & Independence.”  Following the video, MECA Communications Specialist Ryan Hall and MCDC Communications Specialist Guy Gregory will explain how social media and smart phones continue to alter the co-op marketing landscape.

MCDC Executive Director Janice Brown will highlight Montana’s latest co-op initiatives including rural investment cooperatives and federal support for worker co-op conversions.  Attendees will hear more about Montana’s youngest co-ops from officers of The Original Montana Club Cooperative Association in Helena; Riverside Crossing Adult Cottage Cooperative in Hamilton; and the Musselshell Rural Investment Cooperative in Roundup. MCDC Program Director Marilyn Besich will moderate this interactive panel and discuss how MCDC is engaging with managers of small, rural grocery co-ops across north central Montana.

Tuesday’s session begins with updates from each major co-op industry sector, featuring representatives from the Montana Electric Cooperatives’ Association, Montana’s Credit Unions, the Montana Telecommunications Association, and the Farm Supply/Fuel sector.  Other topics to be covered on Tuesday include:

  • The 2017 Economic Impact Study of Montana’s Cooperatives

  • Co-op news from across the northern tier states

  • Reauthorization of Montana’s 2019 Economic Development Programs, including MCDC’s $65,000 statutory appropriation

  • Highlights from the 2018 Montana Cooperative Impact Weeks

Special guests who have been invited to speak are State Budget Director Tom Livers plus Montana’s legislative leadership, invited to serve on the special lunch panel:

  • President of the Senate Scott Sales (R-Bozeman)

  • Senate Minority Leader Jon Sesso (D-Butte)

  • Speaker of the House – Rep. Greg Hertz (R-Polson)

  • House Minority Leader – Rep. Casey Schreiner (D-Great Falls)

Finally, the MCOC Annual Business Meeting will commence at 2:00 pm with President Clarence Keller presiding.  Board officers will present their official reports and members will elect four new directors for two-year terms. Proposed revisions to the bylaws also will be discussed and voted on by the membership.

Following adjournment, MCOC will host its traditional Legislative Dinner in the hotel ballroom, which always is a favorite among Montana’s elected senators and representatives.

MCOC Member Organizations and non-member organizations considering membership in the Council can both register to attend the Annual Meeting by visiting the MCOC 59TH ANNUAL MEETING EVENT PAGE (click here).

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