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Outages are being reported in the Deadwood, Indian Creek, Lake Creek Mountain, West Fork, and in the 14000's - 15000's of Hwy 36. Crews have been dispatched. If your power is out, please report it at 541-688-8711. Please leave your porch light in the on position so that crews will be able to rapidly determine who has been restored. It's a windy one out there - stay safe.

Seven Cooperative Principles

1. VOLUNTARY AND OPEN MEMBERSHIPSeven Cooperative Principles Logo, represents information found in writing to the left, created and shared by Ruralite Services

Cooperatives are voluntary organizations open to all persons able to use their services and willing to accept the responsibilities of membership, without gender, social, racial, political or religious discrimination.
 

2. DEMOCRATIC MEMBER CONTROL

Cooperatives are democratic organizations controlled by their members, who actively participate in setting policies and making decisions. The 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.
 

3. MEMBER'S ECONOMIC PARTICIPATION

Members contribute equitably to, and democratically control, the capital of their cooperative. At least part of that capital is usually the common property of the cooperative. Members 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;
benefitting 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, includinggovernments, or raise capital from external sources, they do so on terms that ensure democratic control by their members and maintain their cooperative autonomy.
 

5. EDUCATION, TRAINING AND INFORMATION

Cooperatives provide education and training for their members, elected representatives, managers and employees so that they can
contribute effectively to the development of their cooperatives. They inform the general public, particularly young people and opinion leaders, about the nature and benefits of cooperation.

 

6. COOPERATION AMONG COOPERATIVES

Cooperatives serve their members most effectively and strengthen the cooperative movement by working together through local, national, regional and international structures.
 

7. CONCERN FOR COMMUNITY

While focusing on member needs, cooperatives work for the sustainable development of their communities through policies accepted by their members.

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