Otis and Mary Lee Molz
Otis and Mary Lee Molz have dedicated themselves to
organizing and strengthening cooperatives for more than 45 years. They have given
generously of their time and finances to support cooperative development, always
demonstrating strong leadership and incredible devotion to the cooperative way
of meeting the needs of people. Their record of support and advocacy for cooperatives
is nothing short of remarkable.
Otis and Mary Lees leadership within the U.S.
agricultural community and Farm Credit System is legendary. Otis played a key
role in the creation of CoBank, and has served for many years on numerous boards
of directors, including Garden City Co-op, Farmland, NCBA, and CoBank. Through
these positions and others, both have served as untiring ambassadors for the cooperative
Their co-op advocacy was not limited to rural America.
Together, Otis and Mary Lee helped establish cooperatives in Latin America, utilizing
their personal funds to travel there and train co-op members in best business
practices. They also used their considerable influence to help build lasting relationships
between these new co-ops and cooperatives in the United States.