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December Message from the Manager

Operation Round Up:  The power of change

Jerry King

Americans formed electric cooperatives across the nation in the 1940's. Since then, we have dedicated ourselves to providing reliable electricity to our members and enhancing the quality of life for people in the communities we serve.


One of our successful community service efforts is our Operation Round Up program.  Operation Round Up is Burke-Divide Electric’s charitable giving program in which participating members “round up” their electric bills to the next whole dollar with the extra “change” going into the Operation Round Up fund.


Non-profit and community organizations within the cooperative’s service area are eligible to apply for Operation Round Up funds. Examples of qualifying applicants include area fire departments, ambulance squads, schools, non-profit projects and other non-political projects.


Five cooperative members, selected by the board of directors, serve on the Operation Round Up board. These volunteers meet twice a year in March and September to review applications and determine where funds will be donated.


Since our Operation Round Up program began in 2010, we have awarded 81 grants totaling just over $66,000 to area organizations and projects.  We owe the success of this program to you, our generous members.  So, we thank you, and encourage your continued participation in our Operation Round Up program to see the power your “change” can generate!Round Up

Until next time,


Jerry King

General Manager

Round Up Board 










Current Operation Round Up board trustees are

(seated, left to right) Lorna Carlson, Robin James, Hal Ross,

(standing, left to right) Diana Watterud and LuAnn Unhjem







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