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October Message from the Manager

Power On: October is National Co-op Month

Jerry King

As an electric cooperative, our top priority is always to provide reliable, affordable energy to you, the member-owners we serve. But because we are a co-op, our mission is also to enrich the lives of our members and serve the long-term interests of our local communities––and this mission has never been more critical than in recent months.

October is National Co-op Month, and electric cooperatives across the country are highlighting the many ways we “Power On.” Keeping this theme in mind, we recognize the essential role we play in serving the special communities like ours.

Who would have fathomed in March, that the COVID-19 virus would amount to a test of our communities and our nation? The changing circumstances due to the pandemic have created both challenges and opportunities. Over the past several months, we’ve all been challenged to operate differently.

As an essential service, and to ensure reliability of your power supply, we modified our operations to safeguard business continuity. We limited and modified meetings and gatherings to allow for safe separation. We also adjusted our walk-in office availability and in-person service calls to ensure the health and safety of our employees and our valued members.  In addition, we postponed our annual meeting until later this month.  For the health and safety of everyone, we think these measures were the prudent course of action for the times.

While the challenges caused by COVID-19 have been daunting, I’m encouraged to see how everyone is pulling together. We’ve seen other local businesses rising to meet similar challenges during this time, because that’s what communities do.

In 1945, Burke-Divide Electric Cooperative was built by the community to serve the community, and that’s what we’ll continue to do – Power On!

Remember to join us October 21st in Columbus for our 75th Annual Meeting!

Until next time,


Jerry King

General Manager

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