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Four Co-op Leaders Named for Induction Into Hall of Fame

WASHINGTON—Four outstanding cooperative leaders—Rebecca Allen of the cooperative pre-school community, Florida citrus cooperative leader, Frank Morton Hunt, II, and international cooperative business leaders Thomas L. Lyon, and David O. Miller—will receive the cooperative community's highest honor on Wednesday, May 3rd , 2006, when they are inducted into the Cooperative Hall of Fame. Ms Allen will be inducted posthumously.

"Induction to the Cooperative Hall of Fame is reserved for those who have made genuinely heroic contributions to the cooperative community," said Terry Lewis, Board Chair of the Cooperative Development Foundation (CDF). "We set the bar high and these individuals moved it even higher with their lifetimes of achievement as educators, business and community leaders, innovators, and advocates for cooperative development, both here in the United States and around the world."

The roster of the Cooperative Hall of Fame tells the story of the US cooperative community through the lives and accomplishments of, now, over 120 extraordinary individuals. Each year nominations are received from throughout the cooperative community, with the final selection being made by the National Cooperative Business Association's (NCBA) Board of Directors upon the recommendation of a distinguished selection committee of national cooperative leaders.

Established in 1974 by NCBA, the Cooperative Hall of Fame is now administered by the Cooperative Development Foundation (CDF), a national foundation that provides grants and loans for cooperative education and development and promotes cooperative enterprise as an essential tool of community and economic development. The Hall of Fame is housed in the NCBA offices in downtown Washington, DC, but it also can be visited on the web at

The Cooperative Hall of Fame Dinner and Induction Ceremony will be held on Wednesday, May 3, 2006 in the Ballroom of Washington's National Press Club. For sponsorship or registration information, contact Liz Bailey at 202-383-5459 or . Following are descriptions of the accomplishments of Allen, Hunt, Lyon and Miller.

2006 Cooperative Hall of Fame Inductees:

Rebecca Allen (deceased)

Co-founder of Parent Cooperative Preschools International (PCPI).

A teacher, editor, advisor and consultant in early childhood education who believed in parent participation, parent control, parent governance and the cooperative business model. In the 1960's, as a member of the leadership team developing the federal government's Head Start program, she was responsible for one of the program's most successful elements—the involvement of parents as decision makers and as staff.

Frank Morton Hunt, II

Current Chairman of the Board and Retired President of Hunt Brothers Cooperative, Lake Wales, FL.

Past Chairman & President of Citrus World, Inc., Florida 's Natural Growers.

A manager and creator of cooperative businesses who also has been an advocate for improvements to the cooperative system that would strengthen service to customer-owners. A lifelong leader of the Florida citrus industry, he also played a major role in shaping the future of the Farm Credit System's Banks for Cooperatives as they were consolidated in the 1980's into a single institution, CoBank.

Thomas L. Lyon

Retired CEO Cooperative Resources International of Shawno, WI

A community leader and a leader in the state, national and international cooperative business community, with a particular passion for cooperative development and education—both public education (service as chairman of the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents) and cooperative education (trustee of the Ralph Morris Foundation, The Cooperative Foundation and CDF).

David O. Miller

Farmer and businessman, Hebron, OH.

Member, Board of Directors, Nationwide Mutual Insurance.

Member, Board of Directors, International Cooperative Alliance (ICA).

A leader and advocate for cooperatives in the local, regional, national and international arenas, he also has served as a leading American statesman in the international cooperative community.