Being part of a cooperative means being part of something special. Dixie Electric is celebrating National Cooperative Month in October, along with 40,000 other cooperative businesses serving more than 120 million people nationwide.
Cooperatives Build Trust
Most co-ops strive to adhere to seven key cooperative principles, which combine to help build trust between the co-op, its members and the community. The second principle, Democratic Member Control, gives members a voice in the cooperative’s policies and decisions. We will celebrate our 80th annual meeting this year. As a cooperative member, you have the opportunity to vote in our annual board elections by mail, online or in person. You recently received details about voting and our annual meeting in the mail.
Through the fifth principle, Education, Training and Information, we enable members to understand and support their local electrical cooperative. In mid-September, we hosted 30 high school juniors to our office in Laurel. The students spent an interactive day learning about electric cooperatives, electric power and the legislative process. Our goal is for this knowledge to be a building block in their growth as young leaders.
Cooperatives Build Community
The seventh cooperative principle is Concern for Community. Cooperatives work for the sustainable development of their communities through employee involvement in local organizations, through charitable contributions to community efforts and through support for schools. Dixie Electric is actively involved with several of our local economic development and chamber organizations to promote jobs and business in our local community. We recently introduced the Co-op Connections card to provide exclusive discounts for our members both locally and nationally all the while promoting local businesses.
With the seven cooperative principles binding these unique and diverse businesses, we can see that co-ops truly do build a better world.
For more information, visit www.coopmonth.coop or connections.coop.
Randy Smith, General Manager