We’re grateful to you, our members

Posted on Oct 26 2018 in Noble REMC

Ron Raypole

“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.”

In the spirit of William Arthur Ward’s words, I’d like to express my gratitude for your membership in our electric cooperative. Because of your connection to Noble REMC, we are able to make our community a better place.

During this season of giving thanks, it’s important to let you and other members of Noble REMC know the 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 Noble County 4-H, Noble County Economic Development Corporation and the Arc Noble County Foundations in support of their programs.

We work closely with our local schools to provide safety demonstrations, award college scholarships and support youth activities and sports. Noble REMC also participates in an annual 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.

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 and provide suggestions online or to our employees, you help us improve operations and thus better serve the larger co-op membership.

Because we are led by members of our community, we are able to get a first-hand perspective on community priorities, thereby enabling us to make more informed decisions on long-term investments. This can be seen in the recent launch of our community solar program, Co-op Solar, and our ongoing research and observation of emerging rural broadband programs.

We are thankful that our co-op board members carve out time to attend training sessions, participate in planning meetings and keep informed about industry trends, which results in better informed advisors that serve the co-op’s and members’ interests.

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.

Noble REMC 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.