Manager's Message: Planning for Success

Manager's Message: Planning for Success

Our mission is to bring you and your neighbors reliable, affordable electric power.

A good work plan helps us keep ahead of growing areas that need more electric infrastructure, and focuses on areas which need repair or replacement.

A financial plan helps us plan for the future, so one generation of members doesn’t bear all the costs.

Increasingly, we’re finding that a political plan is an absolute necessity.

In Lansing and in Washington, D.C., decisions are being made that could impact the reliability and the affordability of the electric power you count on every day.

If we’re not part of the decision-making conversation, the decisions that are made may not, and probably won’t, consider our needs as rural Americans.

How do we get to be part of the conversation? We join together to make sure we have a clear voice at the right time. Thousands of electric co-op directors and employees have done this for years through the Action Committee for Rural Electrification (ACRE).

ACRE speaks for America’s 900-plus rural electric cooperatives and the 40 million member-owners they serve. The average contribution to ACRE is just $41; it’s a true grassroots organization where the number of voices speaking together is as important as the dollars we can contribute.

Now we’re asking you, our member-owners, to join the conversation. We’ve asked you in past years to send postcards or cast your votes on particular issues. This time, we’d like you to be one of the Cooperative Owners for Political Action, an extension of ACRE.

For just $2.08 a month, or $25 a year, you can help make sure your interests are represented in Lansing and Washington.

Charles De Gaulle once said, “I have come to the conclusion that politics are too serious a matter to be left to the politicians.” And Helen Keller said, “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”

Together, we can make sure our voice is heard and our needs are considered. Now, that sounds like a plan.

To join us in ACRE, visit, pick up a form at either office, call us to have a form sent to you, or watch for a tear-out form in future issues of Michigan Country Lines.

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