May Message from the Manager
It’s annual meeting time!
It’s that time of year again – annual meeting time! On behalf of Burke-Divide Electric Cooperative, I would like to personally invite you to join us Wednesday, June 14 at the Cooperative’s Headquarters in Columbus. We look forward to gathering with you – members of the co-op community – to catch up, hear what you have to say and enjoy some good food and fellowship.
This event is not only a chance to visit with members of our co-op community – it’s also a great opportunity to learn about programs offered by Burke-Divide Electric and get to know your co-op staff. Our annual meeting makes it possible for us to gather feedback from you by providing a forum where you can let us know how we can better serve you and your family.
This is an occasion to discuss and learn more about the issues affecting our local communities. It is also an opportunity for you to exercise one of the greatest benefits of being a member of an electric co-op—voting for the upcoming year’s board of directors.
Burke-Divide Electric is not owned by far away investors, and it is not governed by an appointed board of directors. We are governed by a democratically elected board of directors – a board who is given the privilege to serve because of your vote. Our directors are members of your community and are concerned with the issues you face every day because they face them too.
A democratic and open election is one of the many elements that make our electric cooperative stand out from other utilities. Having a voice in who makes the major decisions that directly affect your life and your family is a right we all share as Americans. We all vote for our state and federal Congressional representatives, but not every American has the right to vote for those who will represent community interests within their electric utility. You have that right, and we encourage you to exercise it!
If you have never attended the annual meeting or if it has been a few years, we encourage you to participate in this year’s annual meeting for a chance to learn more about your cooperative, visit with fellow co-op members and enjoy a free meal.
And don’t forget the prizes! This year’s progressive cash drawing will be for $350. One name will be drawn from the entire membership for a $350 cash prize! The member must be present to win. If the member drawn is not present, next year’s cash prize will be $450!
As always, the directors and employees remain dedicated to providing you with safe, reliable and affordable electric service, and we look forward to seeing you at your annual meeting June 14 in Columbus.
Until next time,