NCBA's first President, Dr. James Peter Warbasse, created the original twin pines logo to symbolize the cooperative community. Dr. Warbasse defined the symbol in this way:
The pine tree is the ancient symbol of endurance and fecundity. More than one pine is used to signify cooperation. The trunks of the trees are continued into roots which form the circle, the ancient symbol of eternal life, typifying that which has no end. The circle represents the all-embracing cosmos which depends upon cooperation for its existence. The two pines and the circle are dark green, the chlorophyll color of man's life principle in nature.
CO-SOAP Cooperative follows the seven principles of cooperatives as defined by the International Cooperative Alliance. Taken from the ICA these are the principles that guide our organization.
- Voluntary and Open Membership
- Democratic Member Control
- Member Economic Participation
- Autonomy and Independence
- Education, Training and Information
- Co-operation among Co-operatives
- Concern for Community
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