A permanent paid secretary is highly desirable

Gillian, who handles the archives for the Co-operative College has shared with me a handwritten minute, dating back to 1872, when my post was first created.

The minute of the meeting held in Balloon Street, Manchester (just round the corner) reads that the provincial section of the Co-op Congress Board “resolved that in the opinion of this committee a permanent paid Secretary is highly desirable.”

The role included action to “assist the Board in digesting and organising all measures adopted to procure unity among co-operatives…to advocate the claim of all thoroughly co-operative associations… assist new societies in their formation… watch the press in its criticisms, friendly and unfriendly, and use it to our advantage … act as a recognised missionary and lecturer of the movement under direction of the Board.”

What a role they created… and, 140 years on, a good job, certainly for me, that they did.

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