The governing documents of your cooperative are the tools of corporate control. They set the ground rules within which the members and board must operate. They are the standards by which courts will judge issues. Ignorance of them and how they work among themselves will leave you defenseless to those who do know how to use them. It is the difference between winning and losing. Here, we provide a survey of the governing documents of the Cooperative. It is not as simple as one would expect. The governing documents include what you normally think: the articles of incorporation and bylaws. But it is much more expensive than that; to fully understand your governing documents, you need to recognize that there is a much larger universe of documents that govern the cooperative. This list is an attempt to alert you to the general contours of the universe of documents, but it is not exhaustive.
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