This time of year I generally use this space to provide updates on new projects and developments, and report out on the progress of ongoing initiatives. We share these updates so that all of our members have a window into our priorities, progress and challenges.
However, during this season of giving thanks, I think it’s equally important to let you and other members of Decatur County REMC know just what an impact you have on our co-op and the greater community, likely in ways you may not even realize.
As part of the cooperative business model, one of our core principles is “Concern for Community.” While our priority is always to provide safe, reliable and affordable energy, we view our role in the community as a catalyst for good.
We are purposeful in partnering with local groups such as the United Fund, Champions of Youth, and other programs.
We work with our local schools to provide safety demonstrations, volunteer work, and camp opportunities. Decatur County REMC also participates in the Indiana Youth Tour where we take our community’s brightest young people to Washington, D.C., for a week-long immersion to experience democracy in action. The trip is inspirational for many students, and we are both humbled and honored to be a part of this leadership development journey. Ultimately, the larger community benefits from these programs because of you! You empower the co-op through your membership and through your participation in and support of these programs.
When you attend co-op events, alert us to problems, provide suggestions online or to our employees, you help us improve operations and thereby better serve the larger co-op membership.
Because we are locally governed by members of our community, we are able to get a first-hand perspective on community priorities. This enables us to make more informed decisions on long-term investments, such as broadband, community solar programs, equipment and technology upgrades and electric vehicle programs.
We are thankful that our co-op employees attend important training and conference sessions, participate in planning meetings and keep abreast of industry trends. This investment allows us to serve the co-op’s interests in a way that our consumer-members expect and deserve.
On a more personal note, we appreciate the countless acts of kindness our lineworkers and other employees receive when they are working in severe weather and dangerous conditions. Our employees are thankful for your patience and consideration when we are trying to restore power during challenging situations and prolonged periods.
Decatur County REMC was originally established 84 years ago to bring electricity to our area when no one else would. The cooperative is a reflection of our local community and its evolving needs. Together, let’s continue making our corner of the world a better place. We can’t do it without you, and for that, we’re thankful for your membership.
My door is always open, so please reach out to share your experience, or feedback on ways we can improve for you.