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Council Members meet Ned Jarrett and Annual Meeting

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Picture of council member with Ned JarrettCHARLOTTE, NC - The 79th Annual Meeting of the Cooperative Council of NC was held in Charlotte in April at the Embassy Suites Hotel.  Co-op members and staff from across the state joined together for the event, which became quite a trip to remember.


 The two-day event started with tours of Bank America Football Stadium and the NASCAR Hall of Fame.  Attendees enjoyed learning more about our state's sports industries by visiting these iconic North Carolina landmarks.  However, the highlight of the day for participants was the opportunity to visit with retired NASCAR Hall of Famer and famous broadcaster, Ned Jarrett.


 Guest speaker at the Council's dinner in the Hall of Fame room of the museum, Jarrett entertained the group with stories of his time as a stock-car driver and helping NASCAR get its start.  Inducted into the Hall of Fame in the second class of inductees, Jarrett shared his fond memories of racing with other big names in the sport such as Junior Johnson and Fireball Roberts.  After an evening of many laughs and fondly sharing stories with Jarrett after listening to his own, Council guests expressed how much they enjoyed meeting this North Carolina legend.


 The second day of the Annual Meeting included speakers from the co-op industry, business meeting, board elections and presentation of awards.  Though attendees enjoyed the Annual Meeting, all agree that meeting Ned Jarrett, and sharing memories with him of watching him race or listening to his race broadcasts, was the highlight of the event.


 The Cooperative Council of North Carolina is a non-profit organization that works with cooperatives across the state to promote and enhance the cooperative business structure and industry.  Members come together for the Annual Meeting each spring to conduct Council business, network and support the cooperative movement in our state.