Town mutual insurance companies are the oldest cooperatives in the United States, the first one organized in Philadelphia by Benjamin Franklin in 1752. Many town mutuals got their start when neighbors joined together to insure their farms and homes—usually because big insurers ignored them or charged exorbitant prices. Town mutuals in Minnesota and Wisconsin have served farmers, rural homeowners, and small main-street businesses for about 150 years. Cooperative Network organizes an annual lobby day event for mutual insurance companies in Wisconsin.
The Federated Youth Foundation is accepting applications for the 2018 Charles Van Sickle Scholarship. The $2,000 award is open to a pre-law or law student who resides in Wisconsin and plans to specialize in cooperative law. Applications are due April 1, 2018 for the spring semester.2018 Charles Van Sickle Scholarship Application
MADISON, Wis. [November 30, 2017] – Cooperative Network, the statewide trade association for cooperatives in Wisconsin and Minnesota, has named Gary Weber as the organization’s Interim President & CEO. In this role, Weber will direct all activities of the two-state operations, working closely with cooperative directors, managers and employees. “Cooperative...