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Georgia Distinguished Cooperator Award Recipients

1989

D.W. Brooks

Clarence Edwards

Frank H. McDowell

W.H. Newberry, Sr.

Robert D. Tisinger

 

1990

Valene Bennett

Rudolph Clark

Cary M. Davis

M.C. Leslie

James Robinson

 

1991

Curtis A. Beall

Hubert Hancock

Billy D. Mitchell

Ralph D. Mobley

G.V. Yokely

 

1992

Schley Moore

W.J. Smith, Jr.

Herbert Ingram

Don W. Sands

 

1993

Cary F. Hays, Jr.

Gray Hinton

Emmet O. Cabaniss, Jr.

James Meriwether

 

1994

Ralph Paige

Gene Marks

Richard Talton

Charles C. Williams

J.G. McCalmon

 

1995

Reece Whitehead

Ray Haynes

Holmes Neel

Raymon A. Adams

 

1996

Ralph Balkcom

Julian Raburn

W.N. Bill Peters

 

1997

Jean Rice

Lehman Lanier

Henry Owens

 

1998

Jack Hogan

Marvin McAvoy

William Canup

Carroll Castleberry

 

1999

Ron Atkinson

Bill Boyce

Eloy Farr

Maxie Love

W.P. Smith, Jr.

 

2000

John S. Dean

William Higginbotham

Gus Johnson

Jim Loftis

James Roy Malone, Sr.

Alvin White

 

2001

Willis Berry

Richard Bird

Gaylord Coan

Darrell Holder

John McElmurrary

J.L. Steed, Jr.

 

2002

Benson Ham

S.J. Saffold, Jr.

Craig Scroggs

Henry S. Verner

Dennis Waldrep

 

2003

Thomas N. Bagwell

Sanford L. Jones

Earl Merritt

Robert B. Moss

 

2004

James M. Andrew

Lewis Bryant

Frances Edmunds

Willis Woodruff

Franklin B. Wright

 

2005

Vincent “Zippy” Duvall

Tom Thompson, Jr.

Everett Williams

Roger Youngblood

 

2006

Benny W. Denham

John B. Floyd, Jr.

Dan Raines, Jr.

David O. Addis

 

2007

Hugh B. Cromer

David Dozier

Robert L. Holden, Jr.

Bob Jernigan

 

2008

Sam Rabun

Paul Wood

Richard Schermerhorn

 

2009

John C. McKissick

Charles Rucks

Richard G. (Dick) Tisinger, Jr.

 

2010

Noel Riggins

Raphael A. Brumbeloe

 

2011

Donald C. Cooper

 

2012

Jeff S. Pierce, Jr.

Ray E. Meaders

 

2013

Kenneth Cook

 

2014

Harrell Landreth

Stan McMikle

Randy Nichols

Richard L. West

 

2015

Tom Kight

Ann Orowski

Randall Pugh

 

2016

Hill Bentley

Frank Coker

Gary Drake

Van McCall

 

 

 

 

 

Seven Cooperative Principles

Cooperatives around the world operate according to the same set of core principles and values, adopted by the International Cooperative Alliance. Cooperatives trace the roots of these principles to the first modern cooperative founded in Rochdale, England in 1844.

1. Open and Voluntary Membership

Membership in a cooperative is open to all persons who can use its services and stand willing to accept the responsibilities of membership, regardless of race, religion, gender, or economic circumstances.

2.  Democratic Member Control

Cooperatives are democratic organizations controlled by their members, who actively participate in setting policies and making decisions. Elected representatives (directors/trustees) are elected from among the membership and are accountable to the membership. In primary cooperatives, members have equal voting rights (one member, one vote); cooperatives at other levels are organized in a democratic manner.

3. Members’ Economic Participation

Members contribute equitably to, and democratically control, the capital of their cooperative. At least part of that capital remains the common property of the cooperative. Members allocate surpluses for any or all of the following purposes: developing the cooperative; setting up reserves; benefiting members in proportion to their transactions with the cooperative; and supporting other activities approved by the membership.

4. Autonomy and Independence

Cooperatives are autonomous, self-help organizations controlled by their members. If they enter into agreements with other organizations, including governments, or raise capital from external sources, they do so on terms that ensure democratic control as well as their unique identity.

5. Education, Training, and Information

Education and training for members, elected representatives (directors/trustees), CEOs, and employees help them effectively contribute to the development of their cooperatives. Communications about the nature and benefits of cooperatives, particularly with the general public and opinion leaders, helps boost cooperative understanding.

6. Cooperation Among Cooperatives

By working together through local, national, regional, and international structures, cooperatives improve services, bolster local economies, and deal more effectively with social and community needs.

7. Concern for Community

Cooperatives work for the sustainable development of their communities through policies supported by the membership.

Sponsorships

Georgia FFA

Sponsorship of the Agricultural Communications Proficiency Award

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Proficiency awards are granted to FFA members who have excelled in their Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE). The Agricultural Communications Proficiency includes programs where students work in agricultural print facilities, such as newspapers and magazines. This proficiency also includes any use of technology (such as websites and blogs). FFA members may also own and produce an agriculture related broadcast or show. Students acquire training and practical experience writing and publicizing in preparation for a career in communications.

The Georgia Cooperative Council’s sponsorship recognizes the region and state winners and includes a travel scholarship for the state winner to attend the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis.

Georgia 4-H

Sponsorship of the Environmental Sciences Project

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Each year the Georgia Cooperative Council sponsors the Environmental Sciences Project through Georgia 4-H. Project Achievement allows 4-H youth the opportunity to research and explore an area that interests them. In the Environmental Sciences Project 4-H youth can dive into exploring the intersection of ecology, humankind, and the environmental, including conservation of resources, the impact of environmental issues, and environmental impacts. Youth can compete in this project from 4th to 12th grade, competing at the county, district, and state levels. The support given by the Georgia Cooperative Council gives 4-H youth in grades 9th to 12th the opportunity to compete in Atlanta at Georgia 4-H State Congress.

Georgia Junior Livestock Foundation

Sponsorship of the Georgia Junior Livestock Foundation

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The Georgia Junior Livestock Foundation (GJLF) is a statewide organization that recognizes Georgia junior livestock exhibitors for their hard work and dedication to the livestock industry. The Georgia State 4-H and FFA shows were chosen as a forum to aid these young people. Through public support and fundraising projects, the Foundation will be able to provide financial assistances to Georgia’s youth actively involved in the livestock industry through premiums, scholarships and other industry initiatives. The long range goal of the GJLF is to create a scholarship component that may reward all youth livestock participants regardless of their success in the show ring. The Foundation’s goal is to enhance the success of the junior livestock programs in Georgia by providing assistance to the adult leadership of Georgia 4-H and FFA programs.

ABAC Scholarship

The Georgia Cooperative Council makes a $700 donation to the Student Enrichment Program at Abraham Baldwin Agriculture College (ABAC) and offers a $1,000 scholarship to an ABAC student.

Purpose & History

The Council’s ongoing mission is to promote and foster cooperatives and to educate Georgians about cooperatives and the vital role they play in growing and supporting the nation’s economy.

Cooperatives are businesses that are owned and operated by their members. These businesses not only serve the interests of members, but they also dedicate substantial human and financial resources to serve their communities beyond their business functions. Concern for community is a core guiding cooperative principle and the community commitment of cooperatives enhances economic opportunity and improves quality of life in Georgia’s cities and towns.

 

Leadership

Officers and Directors

irwin-emc-randy-crenshaw-2010 President – Randy Crenshaw
CEO Middle Georgia/ Irwin EMC
Ocilla, GA
jeff-mcphail Vice President – Jeff McPhail
Cotton Specialist, StapICotn Cooperative
Statesboro, GA
smith-christy-2016 Treasurer – Christy B. Smith
Marketing Director, AgSouth Farm Credit
Statesboro, GA
mark-camp Mark Camp
District Manager Southern States Cooperative
Concord, GA
newheadshotgalecutler-cropped Gale Cutler
Public Relations Coordinator,  Georgia EMC
Tucker, GA
tony-griffin Tony Griffin
General Manager, Rayle EMC
Washington, GA
Karen Hawkins
Dairy Farmers of America
Eatonton, GA
snapping-shoals-brad-thomas Brad Thomas
President/CEO, Snapping Shoals EMC
Covington, GA
al-burns Ex-Officio – Al Burns
USDA Rural Development
craig-scroggs Ex-Officio Emeritus – J. Craig Scroggs
USDA Rural Development,  Retired
cindy-greene Executive Director – Cindy W. Greene

Georgia Cooperative Council Members

Banking/Credit Unions

Dairy Cooperatives:

Marketing and Supply Cooperatives:

Electric Membership Cooperatives