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Improving Your Cooperative's Annual Meeting

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“Improving Your Cooperative’s Annual Meeting”

When: Thursday, June 13, 2013
4:00-5:00 pm ET/3:00-4:00 pm CT/2:00-3:00 pm MT/1:00 pm-2:00 pm PT (Enter as guest.)

Most cooperative bylaws require an annual meeting. Your annual meeting can be a routine formality or it can be your major promotional event that stimulates good will and membership understanding. On Thursday, June 13 from 3:00-4:00 pm Central Time (CT), the eXtension Cooperatives Community of Practice, in conjunction with USDA Rural Development Cooperative Programs and various state Cooperative Councils, will host a free webinar on improving annual meetings. Cooperative managers, employees, board members, and other stakeholders involved with planning and implementing your annual meeting are invited.

A panel of experts from various cooperative industry sectors will give their perspectives on how to improve your annual meeting. All of the speakers will take part in a discussion session responding to your questions as well discussing timely topics, including:

* What is the best venue and format?
* How to fill the room with active members!
* How to create a culture of excitement!
* Classic annual meeting mistakes to avoid!

Panel: David Swank, CEO, Central Rural Electric Cooperative, Stillwater, OK; Brian Ingulsrud, Vice President of Administration, American Crystal Sugar Company, Moorhead, MN; Tommy Engleke, Executive Vice President, Texas Agricultural Cooperative Council

Moderator: Phil Kenkel, Bill Fitzwater Cooperative Chair, Oklahoma State University

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Participants who pre-register by contacting will receive a copy of the presentation material and discussion summary.


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