Voting Membership and Investment Opportunities
Voting rights in Maple Valley Cooperative require the purchase of a Lifetime Membership consisting of 1 share of Class A stock and an additional purchase of shares of Class B Preferred Stock which currently pay dividends of 6.5% annually.
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Membership opportunities for voting and investment in Maple Valley Cooperative fall into five categories:
All classes of voting members receive the following benefits:
- Investment in a democratic cooperative that is fair and sustainable in its business practices;
- 5% discount on all Maple Valley purchases;
- Participate in member-only promotions;
- Class B Preferred Stock earns a 6.5% annual dividend;
- Opportunity to invest in additional preferred stock;
- Vote in annual Maple Valley Cooperative elections;
- Future patronage based on total purchases.
As a cooperative, each voting member has one vote only, regardless of the size of their investment. This democratic membership structure is the basis of cooperatives. Maple Valley Cooperative's Board of Directors is comprised of three Producer Members, one Retail Member, one Wholesale Member, one Investor Member and one Employee Member. All members may vote for all open seats on the board. A member in good standing may run for election to the Board for an open seat in their own category of membership.
Investor Membership is for persons interested in making an environmentally friendly direct investment in Maple Valley Cooperative. Minimum investment for this class is $1000 including 1 share of Class A stock and 39 shares of Class B preferred stock. Please contact us for more information or to become an investing member.
Retail Membership is for anyone who purchases product from Maple Valley Cooperative on a retail basis, either directly or online. Minimum investment for Retail Members is $250 including 1 share of Class A stock and 9 shares of Class B preferred stock.
Wholesale Membership is for anyone who purchases product from Maple Valley Cooperative on a wholesale basis. Minimum investment for Wholesale Members is $250 including 1 share of Class A stock and 9 shares of Class B preferred stock.
Producer Membership is for certified organic syrup producers who sell their syrup to Maple Valley Cooperative.
As a producer of the Organic Maple Cooperative you will build an ownership stake in the Maple Valley brand. The mission of Maple Valley is to return a fair price to producers year after year. The Organic Maple Cooperative business model annually determines a predictable and fair price for the producer and then operates the business on a margin that supports brand development and sales of our maple syrup. Our producers sustainably tap anywhere between 100 to 50,000 trees. The opportunity for sales through the Organic Maple Cooperative is best for those producers who do not have stable markets for their bulk syrup. Another strength of our cooperative is the ability of our members to source additional syrup from other members at a minimal cost. For those smaller producers, we offer a strong network of experienced producers and technical support to grow your production and sell your maple syrup in the best market channels available to you.
Minimum investment for Producer Members is $250 including 1 share of Class A stock and 9 shares of Class B preferred stock.
This class of membership is for persons employed by Maple Valley Cooperative. Minimum investment is $250 including 1 share of Class A stock and 9 shares of Class B preferred stock.