The value of member engagement
May 30, 2017
Most consumers would not equate active involvement with their electric company with helping their community. But South Central Power is not an ordinary utility company. We’re a co-op, and our business model is meant to serve the members and the community in which it operates — not to make a hefty profit for investors five states away. South Central Power’s customers are more than consumers; they are members and owners of the cooperative.
Our core purpose and mission is to provide safe, reliable, and affordable power to our members. But as a co-op, we are motivated by service to the community, rather than profits. After meeting our annual expenses, we invest the extra money back into the co-op and the wider community. We depend on the guidance and perspective of our members and board to help set priorities and guide governance decisions. At our annual meeting, we raise issues for voting consideration by the general membership. Our board of directors is comprised of members who live and work in our service area, for they are in a position to know where community investments are most needed.
South Central Power is controlled by members who actively participate in setting policies and making decisions. This is why we value your participation in our annual meeting, held August 31, and in other co-op events. I hope you will consider running for the board of our co-op.
South Central Power has numerous ongoing programs that impact the community. Every summer, for example, we participate in Youth Tour and take local high school students to the nation’s capital to meet with lawmakers, enabling students to learn firsthand how our democracy works. We have a scholarship program and are proud to be part of a nationwide veteran hiring initiative, “Serve Our Co-ops, Serve Our Country.” But the decisions and criteria for determining these programs are based on member guidance and feedback.
To continue to innovate and more effectively serve the community, we rely on you, our members, to provide guidance. We value your perspective, and we cannot operate effectively and help our community thrive without you. Please let your voice be heard. Weigh in at the annual meeting, and consider joining one of our advisory boards or our board of directors.
For more information about how you can become more involved, contact us at 800-282-5064.