Why membership is so important to The Southern Co-operative
As a society we are owned and controlled by you, our members. You have a say... in shaping our future.Therefore, we cannot achieve our goals and continued success without our members. Our members are crucial at every stage of our business' development which is exactly why you also qualify for a share of the profits.
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Foreward by the Membership and Customer Services Manager
It’s that time of year again when I send you details of the Autumn Co-operative Community Group Meetings. The Member Involvement page includes all the Autumn meetings; you are welcome of course to attend any (or all) or them depending on what is most geographically convenient to you.
The next CCG meeting will include the half yearly financial figures for your information as well as updates on the different areas of our business. As usual there will be the opportunity to ask questions about your business. There will be a representative from the Board of Directors present as well as colleagues from the different areas of the business in the local area. There will be a short update on the various members activities and events that have taken place this year and what is planned for the future. I of course will be able to answer your membership and customer services questions (hopefully)!
Last year as you know The Southern Co-operative (TSC) had a really good trading year with sales exceeding 300 Million pounds. This enabled us to pay out our last share of the profit at 2p in the pound for the third year running. This is double what the majority of the other societies were able to pay out and shows just how much the Board of TSC and the Chief Executive values the members of the society.
Our elections this year were contested by no less than 11 people for the four seats available. Fran Hobson, Amber Vincent-Prior and Neil Blanchard were returned for another three years and member Diane Knight was also elected for a year. Would you like to stand for election to the Board of Directors and become involved in the running of your business? Well if you have been a member for three years you can! Have a chat to the Director present at the CCG meeting you are attending and they will be pleased to tell you all about it.
The AGM in June was again held in Bournemouth and was hugely successful. The members asked and voted for some rule changes and this included lowering the age for membership to 14 from the current 16. This was approved with the condition that the voting age remained at 16. This demonstrates TSC’s continued commitment to youth development.
Member engagement is one of the core values and principles of the Cooperative society but sadly the numbers at the CCG meetings and on some of the activities and events while higher than in previous years remain lower than I would like in order to justify the costs involved. I would urge you therefore to support your business by becoming involved. This is not just a case of what can TSC do for you but what can you do for the TSC and its commitment to the community? Can you become involved in a community project in conjunction with one of our stores or funeral homes?
On behalf of the Chairman, Directors and the Chief Executive of The Southern Co-operative I close by thanking you for your support to your business during what is after all tense economic times. It is your support that makes your business unique and allows us to give you our members the rewards you deserve.
I look forward to seeing you at the next round of CCG meetings and beyond.
Membership and Customer Services Manager
The Southern Co-operative
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