Any person can do business with the Ottawa Coop, but only members get to participate in the earnings generated by the Ottawa Coop. Additionally, members get to vote at the annual meeting which is normally held in the first of December.
Any person with an agricultural interest can become a member of the Ottawa Coop by completing a membership application and returning with a check for $50 which is the purchase of 1 share of common stock.
A Cooperative is a company which is originally formed by a group of customers that get together and pool their money to create an organization. In order to become a member of an existing cooperative normally requires some type of application form to be filled out and the purchase of at least one share of stock.