Manager's Message: Building a Better Co-op

Manager's Message: Building a Better Co-op

Here's General Manager Mark Kappler's column in the May, 2012 issue of Michigan Country Lines magazine:

Electric cooperatives build a better world – that’s a slightly expanded version of the theme for the International Year of Cooperatives as designed by the United Nations General Assembly.
And to take it further, we believe electric co-op members build better electric co-ops.
You make us better, for instance, when you come to your district’s annual member meeting in May and show you care enough about your electric service to learn about the issues affecting reliability, power supply, or rates.
You make us more responsive when you tell us how we’re doing, good or bad, in providing service to you and your neighbors.
You make us stronger when you participate in the democratic process that provides your co-op’s leadership, whether it’s selecting your district officers or voting for your district’s board seat.
When you come to your district meeting, you can enjoy dinner and take home a gift, maybe win a prize. You certainly get a chance to socialize with your neighbors, and meet the co-op’s staff.
There is a real benefit in you knowing the people who serve you, and for us to know the people we serve. Those ties get stronger each year, and help us remember we’re building this electric co-op together.
As you go about your day today, tomorrow, in the next week, think about how you use electricity. If your use of electricity adds comfort, safety, entertainment, and productivity to your life, then you may want to take a few hours in mid-May to learn more about its source – your electric cooperative.
Your electric cooperative, owned by and operated for you and 22,000 other families in mid-Michigan. Your cooperative needs you to be an active, thoughtful participant as we build a better world.
We’ve mailed out invitations to every member with information about your district meeting; here’s a list of the dates and locations, and it’s also on the back cover of this magazine. You’ll also find a copy of the invitations on our website at, or you can call us at 800-562-8232 for more information.
We hope to see you there!

Monday, May 14 – District 5, Fulton Elementary Gym
Tuesday, May 15 – District 3, Eagle Park Hall
Wednesday, May 16 – District 1, Eaton Area Senior Center, Charlotte
Thursday, May 17 – District 7, St. Michael’s Parish Center, Remus (new location)
Monday, May 21 – District 4, Vestaburg Middle School Gym
Tuesday, May 22 – District 6, Weidman Eagles Club (formerly the VFW Hall)
Wednesday, May 23 – District 2, St. Edward’s Church, Lake Odessa

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