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Local cooperatives are celebrating National Cooperative Month in October, along with 40,000 other cooperative businesses serving more than 120 million people nationwide. “Cooperatives Commit” is the theme of this year’s celebration, when cooperatives across the nation engage in efforts to make more people aware of the advantages of the cooperative business model.

As member-owned and member-controlled businesses, cooperatives commit to meeting the needs of their members and communities, rather than generating returns for distant investors.

“This year’s theme is right on target, because co-ops commit in so many ways to meeting the needs of their members and building stronger communities,” said Jim Servais, president of the Vernon County Co-op Association.

During the month of October, the Vernon County Cooperative Association, in collaboration with Chaseburg Co-op, Compeer Financial, Organic Valley, Vernon Communications Cooperative, Vernon Electric Cooperative, Viroqua Food Co-op, WCCU Credit Union and Westby Cooperative Creamery, are showcasing the sixth principle, “Cooperation among Cooperatives.”

From Oct. 1-31, the eight participating cooperatives have joined together for the “Co-op Connection.” Individuals can pick up a punch card at any of the participating cooperatives and then visit one location of each of the eight cooperatives to get the card punched. Return the punched card to any participating location by Nov. 4 for a chance to win more than $1,000 worth of prizes.

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Dorothy Robson is editor of the Westby Times. Contact her at 608-637-5625.

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