What is a Cooperative Society?
A cooperative is a voluntary association, a business of persons, whose motivation is to the welfare of its members. There are many cooperative societies, like consumer, producer, marketing, and housing societies. Professional Societies provides a variety of training sessions, publications, and research tools to enhance the professional competence of its members and improve the level of service they can offer consumers, members, and other cooperatives.
- Are owned and democratically controlled by their members.
- Elect their board of directors from within the membership.
- Return surplus revenues to members proportionate to their use of the cooperative.
- Are motivated not by profit, but by service, to meet their members’ needs for goods or services.
Cooperative Societies follow seven internationally recognized principles:
- Voluntary and open membership
- Democratic member control
- Member economic participation
- Autonomy and independence
- Education, training and information
- Cooperation among cooperatives
- Concern for community
What is UtA Cooperative Society?
Individual members don’t have the time, funds, workforce or facilities to meet all their community needs, Uninatural Thinkers Association is a consumer and educational cooperative society of members for the welfare of our members. UtA Co-op has four components in one cooperative. Our members’ needs consist of community development, educational and economical development.
By combining our expertise and professional products and services, and through membership funding, members can directly and indirectly own and operate educational networks, service networks, and communities.
Thus, by becoming a member of UtA Co-op, membership provides members the ability to open doors into owning collectively their own communities. This idea is not new, many communities are formed in this way, naturally, like Chinatown in San Francisco, or Little Italy in New York.
UtA is an international cooperative and chapter-based cooperative. A chapter is formed upon request or automatically at the discretion of the Board of Directors, when 25 members exists in a state. The chapter once formed will acquire dues. Our UtA headquarters in Ohio begins on developing the chapter with the community. Members are encouraged to take on leadership in their chapter if and when they are motivated.