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Local Couple Named Outstanding Couple of the Year

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RALEIGH, NC – Bart and Theresa Keller of Deep Gap, NC, have been selected as the Picture of the 2014 CoupleCooperative Council of North Carolina’s Outstanding Couple of the Year for 2013 - 2014. They were selected from among North Carolina couples attending the Council’s annual Cooperative Leadership Conference at The Ridges Resort in Hiawassee, Georgia.


The conference, hosted by North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia Cooperative Councils, was attended by nearly 30 couples, all members of cooperatives in their states.  Sessions were led by a knowledgeable and impressive faculty of cooperative leaders discussing the importance of cooperatives as they pertain to each state and the individuals’ role in the future leadership of their organizations. Couples attending also enjoy networking with new people, and are able to enjoy free time to relax and enjoy the mountains and surrounding area.


The Kellers, sponsored by Carolina Farm Credit, live in Deep Gap where Bart is a farmer and where they raise their children.  The couple is devoted to their cooperative memberships and heavily supports the agriculture community in North Carolina.  They are members of Carolina Farm Credit and Blue Ridge EMC.   Bart and Theresa will attend the 2014 Cooperative Leadership Conference to help lead activities and host the new group of participating couples.


After being selected at the conference, Bart commented, “It was very interesting to me learning how co-ops operate, and at the same time getting to spend time together as a couple!  We really enjoyed the weekend.”


Josh and Disa Gantt of Lincolnton were selected as the alternate Outstanding Couple from North Carolina, who were also sponsored by Carolina Farm Credit.


Jennie Gentry, President of the Cooperative Council, believes the couples attending the conference gain a new appreciation for cooperatives and a fresh understanding of their function and impact on the lives of people in rural North Carolina.