Manager's Message: Growing Leaders Means A Future Built Solidly On Our Past
We’re at the midpoint of the annual member meeting cycle right now – we’ve wrapped up the seven district membership meetings that were held in May, and we’re planning for the Annual Meeting of the delegates on August 18.
This year’s meeting themes were built on a foundation of celebrating our cooperative’s 75th anniversary, as well as 2012 being the International Year of Cooperatives.
There were a lot of good things to report about your co-op’s operations. We continue to work hard to make sure you have reliable power, at an affordable price.
But a third priority, one that is essential to HomeWorks’ success, is growing the cooperative’s future leadership, and we do that in a number of ways.
An active, informed membership helps us stay focused on our mission: To provide our members and customers with energy, comfort, and communications solutions that will enhance their quality of life.
This year, more of you chose to be active and informed. We registered 775 members at the seven district meetings, nearly a hundred more than last year’s record of 682, or a 14% increase. Whether it was the meal we offered, the good weather, a new meeting location, or the chance to visit with your neighbors, we appreciate getting to see so many of you each night.
On top of that, 130 kids aged 5-16 registered for a door prize, up from last year’s 118. Those kids are learning the cooperative habit early!
Involving kids, and teaching them about the cooperative way of doing business, is a great way to grow leaders. We have several youth programs that reach out to high school students and to schools in our area.
This year all four Touchstone Energy Scholarship winners joined us at the meetings to be recognized as outstanding students: Megan Benzing, Anna Makela, Lea Dean, and Tyler Nadeau. Becca Kirby and Blake Warchuck, who attended the Youth Leadership Summit and the National Rural Electric Youth Tour, were also recognized for their achievements.
And our newest program, the Touchstone Energy Classroom Grants, was also highlighted. We are able to help teachers equip their classrooms with the technology and tools they need to help their students learn and prepare for the future.
Leadership comes in many forms: we value the members who alert us to a potential power line problem or other issue, just as we value the members who serve as district officers.
We are thankful for every one of you who has taken an active role, in one form or another, to make HomeWorks stronger in the past 75 years. We look forward to hearing from many generations of member-leaders to come.