Thursday, 21 October 2021 22:02

7 Ways to Spot a Co-op Member

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*GUEST POST* by Heather Hale.

This past Monday evening I had the honour of hosting the Saskatchewan Co-operative Merit Awards ceremony. These awards highlight the amazing contributions that people involved in co-operatives and credit unions make to our province. It was a delight to celebrate the accomplishments of the recipients in the company of friends and colleagues. It also gave me an opportunity to “talk co-ops” which has been sorely lacking in my world over the last while.

So, to wrap up Co-op Week, here is my top seven list of “ways to spot a co-op member.”

(Shout out to Jim Deane and Josh and Vicki Noble for their contributions to this list.)

  1. They only do lists of 7s to correspond to with the number of co-operative principles.
  2. They have a list of co-op numbers saved in their phone, lest a dividend not be awarded.
  3. They refer to geography by credit union or retail co-op area, for example: "Oh yes, Aberdeen - that is Affinity country."
  4. They collect co-op merchandise, e.g. Wheat Pool caps, Co-op Creamery cans, Fat Cat stickers.
  5. They brag to friends about a “good/cool/interesting” co-op number.
  6. They provide personal incentives to their friends and family to switch from a bank to a credit union (talk to me be about my cakes for credit unions rewards program).
  7. They clap for members with low co-op numbers at the AGM.

Honourary mention goes out to people that have co-op memes saved in their phones (or that share them on social media). We've included a couple of our favourites with this blog post.
(sorry, we don't have the source of these to credit you - if you made these, please let us know so we can acknowledge you!!)


coop cuWe'd love to hear what would you add to the list!

Happy Co-op Week!


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