Our history, our future

Looking back provides the path forward

Posted on Sep 27 2017 in Miami-Cass REMC

Rob Schwartz

One of my favorite quotes has always been, “Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Yet sometimes remembering our history with the goal of repeating it can actually be a good thing. As the nation’s 30,000 cooperatives celebrate National Co-op Month this month, it is a great time to take a look back — and a look forward.

Take the history of your electric co-op. Miami-Cass REMC was founded when neighbors worked together to bring electricity to our rural community. Big power companies thought they couldn’t generate enough profit so they bypassed rural areas. Back then, there were frequent meetings among neighbors to discuss the formation of the cooperative. Once established, annual meetings were the “must attend” event of the year. The co-op — on behalf of the member-owners — committed to provide the community with electricity.

Fast forward to today — and tomorrow. Miami-Cass REMC currently serves almost 5,000 members and supplies electricity to almost 6,000 meters.

We understand the spirit that helped create this co-op must be continually nurtured. While times and technology will continue to change, our commitment to you will not.

Although we started out to provide electricity, our impact has grown.

As we look toward the future, you can be confident that Miami-Cass REMC will commit to explore new ways to help our members and our community.

Over the years, as we’ve listened to you and your fellow co-op member-owners, we know that we have to keep pace as technology and consumer tastes evolve. As always, we welcome your participation as we plan for the future.