On June 29, Take Back Cobb EMC hosted its first informational meeting for concerned members of Cobb EMC. We discussed the stalled board elections, the corruption surrounding current board members, and ways members can get involved to help make a difference and reform our local co-op.
Following the meeting, attendees pledged to vote in upcoming Cobb EMC elections and many volunteered to help motivate and educate fellow Cobb EMC members on the issues surrounding the co-op and ways to get involved. Members volunteered to take up actions like phone banking, canvassing, organizing meetings in their respective neighbors and perhaps even run for the Cobb EMC board of directors.
We also discussed the Rochdale Principles, a widely accepted set of guidelines for accountable co-op governance. They are used by many co-ops, including some of Cobb EMC’s neighbors as a commitment to open governance and member control. Cobb EMC does not actively promote the principles. Does it follow them? Read this sample and see what you think:
2nd Principle: Democratic Member Control
Cooperatives are democratic organizations controlled by their members, who actively participate in setting their policies and making decisions. Men and women serving as elected representatives are accountable to the membership. In primary cooperatives, members have equal voting rights – one member, one vote – and cooperatives at other levels are organized in a democratic manner.
3rd Principle: Member Economic Participation
Members contribute equally to, and democratically control, the capital of their cooperative. At least part of that capital is usually the common property of the cooperative. They usually receive limited compensation, if any, on capital subscribed as a condition of membership. Members allocate surpluses for any or all of the following purposes: developing the cooperative, possibly by setting up reserves, part of which at least would be indivisible; benefiting members in proportion to their transactions with the cooperative; and supporting other activities approved by the membership.
You can read all 7 Principles here
If you’d like to see Cobb EMC improve its governance practices along these guidelines, please visit our website and connect with us on Facebook and Twitter or contact us to find out about the next meeting or volunteer opportunity.
Take Back Cobb EMC was founded in early 2010 to provide the mobilization, communication and resources necessary for Cobb EMC members to successfully participate in the upcoming board elections. Take Back Cobb EMC is a citizen-based organization representing the concerns that community members have the current leadership of Cobb EMC.