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Monday, June 29, 2009

2009 Co-op Conference

The 2009 Cooperative Educational Conference for Couples was held June 26-28, at Pawleys Plantation, Pawleys Island and was enjoyed by all in attendance. Mr. and Mrs. Justin Boyce of Bishopville, SC, attended as the couple representing ArborOne Financial, they had "a great time."

This conference is an opportunity for couples to learn more about the different cooperative businesses in Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. Even more valuable is meeting other couples and cooperative leaders; being able to share ideas and strengthen relationships with the co-ops they do business with. Over thirty couples were sponsored and in attendance from Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina.

Encounter sessions are held by Farm Credit, Dairy Farmers of America, Southern States and Electric Cooperatives. During the sessions, the economic and service benefits of cooperatives are discussed as well as how cooperatives differ from other corporations. Questions are answered and ideas shared as more is learned about each co-op. As a member of the Farm Credit System, ArborOne Financial participated in the Farm Credit encounter session presentations.

Another great learning experience for the couples is the Board Stumpers. Divided into seven groups, each "Board" is given a cooperative Board of Directors’ problem to solve. They may either use one of the suggested solutions or come up with their own. Since these are random groups, there may be representatives from several different professions: farmers, managers, teachers, and so on. They work together to make a decision using cooperative principles which is then presented and defended to the entire group.

From the opening Host Couples Meeting until the final door prize is handed out, this weekend is a fun learning experience for everyone.

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