Co-op CEO invites member-owners to celebrate Co-op Month
From Curtis Wynn, president and CEO
In honor of our history and future, we will be celebrating National Co-op Month in October. Please join us in celebrating by stopping by our office and enjoying free snacks, getting some great information, and various giveaways every Friday in the month of October.
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 October, it is a great time to take a look back – and a look forward.
Take the history of your electric co-op. Roanoke Electric Co-op was founded when neighbors worked together to bring electricity to our rural community. Big investor-owned 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. The co-op currently serves more than 14,000 member-owners. We recently returned over $500,000 to our member-owners in capital credits this year.
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 (with your support) has grown.
As we continue to look toward the future, you can be confident that we will commit to explore new ways to help our member-owners and our community.