Manske Announces Retirement

After over 25 years of service to Cooperative Network
and its more than 400 members, John Manske has announced his retirement from the
organization, following the 2018 legislative session.

During his time with Cooperative Network, and its predecessor organization, the
Wisconsin Federation of Cooperatives, Manske was instrumental in the support of
legislation that furthered the cooperative way. He helped establish the Dairy
Investment Tax Credit and Co-op Care, which allowed farmers to form a cooperative
for the purpose of purchasing health insurance. Manske also led efforts to modernize
the two statutes that govern cooperatives in Wisconsin: Chapters 193 and 185. He was
instrumental in defeating the Gross Receipts Tax on oil which would have cost
Wisconsin cooperatives $13 million. He also served a number of organizations such as
the Wisconsin Agricultural Producer Security Council and the Badgerland Financial
Board of Directors.

“John Manske provided exemplary service to Wisconsin’s cooperative community for
over 25 years,” says Patrick Murray, Cooperative Network’s Senior Government &
Members Services Director. “He was a trusted voice with lawmakers of all political
stripes at the Capitol and his dedication to our members was second to none.”

Prior to joining Cooperative Network, Manske served others through his work on the
Milton City Council and as a member of the Wisconsin State Assembly. Manske was
recently honored for his service to Wisconsin cooperatives with a citation from the
Wisconsin State Assembly, presented by Representative Ed Brooks.