Manager's Message: Every Member Has A Role
In celebrating our 75th anniversary this year, it’s been interesting to see how so many things have changed outwardly, yet remained essentially the same.
Our distribution system has been expanded, upgraded and rebuilt, yet Pole #1 still stands on Kinneville Road, a working piece of the system that brings you reliable electricity.
Our Portland office building is still in the same place as it has been since the 1940s – with some facelifts and modernization and repurposing.
The card on the opposite page (click here to view) is another great example. Kenneth Graham said his Uncle Carl kept that card posted next to the fuse box in the pump house as a reminder. The card includes meter reading and billing rules, and also gives specific instructions on who to contact in case of a power outage, based on where the member lived. These days we have one central number for you to call, but we still need you to call in and report your outage.
Truth is, we’ve always expected our member-owners to take an active role in their own electric utility.
We don’t send you a list quite like this one, to post next to your fuse box or meter, but through Country Lines and other communications we do ask you to take part in electing and guiding the cooperative’s leadership. This is important because as a cooperative, we are operated by and for our member-owners – you.
Next month we’ll ask you to attend your district’s annual membership meeting for updates, and in Districts 3 and 6, to elect the neighbor who will represent you on your board of directors.
We have 75 years of good leadership, thanks to participation from members like you. It’s a tradition that you can help continue.
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