The value of our members
|Energy Services Coordinator Todd Drake presents to fourth graders about electrical safety at G.C. Burkhead Elementary School in Elizabethtown. Photo: Sarah Fellows|
Nolin RECC was established over 80 years ago by local residents wanting to bring electric service to Hardin, LaRue and surrounding counties. Those first leaders worked to form an electric cooperative - where members are the owners. That cooperative model remains key to how we provide safe, reliable and affordable power to our communities today.
Being a member means you have a voice in the way we run the co-op. We encourage any interested member to participate in our Member Advisory Council (MAC). This group meets twice each year and is a great step if you are interested in gaining a better understanding or becoming more actively involved in your cooperative. At our next MAC meeting on February 28, we will select our nominating committee for the 2019 election of directors. You will find an invitation to the February MAC meeting in this issue. Please fill out and return it or give us a call and let us know if you plan to attend.
Members elect the co-op’s board of directors prior to our annual meeting held each June. Look for your ballot to come in the mail. Your vote and participation help shape the direction of Nolin. The results of this election will be announced at the annual meeting.
As a cooperative, we are guided by a set of principles. All co-ops operate according to the same set of Seven Cooperative Principles: voluntary and open membership; democratic member control; members’ economic participation; autonomy and independence; education, training and information; cooperation among cooperatives; and concern for community. These principles guide every decision we make.
We are community-focused.
As an extension of our commitment to our members, we understand the importance of supporting local schools, programs and projects as well as developing relationships across all sectors. Through programs such as the Honor Flight, Special Olympics and Washington Youth Tour, we are able to celebrate what brings us all together. We provide electrical safety training to area schools and other groups, as well as scholarships to students who seek to further their education. These are just a few ways that we invest in the present and future of our communities.
We are committed to cooperation.
In addition to being local, we cooperate with other electric cooperatives across the state and country. We work together to not only address larger issues that impact members across service areas, but also provide and receive mutual aid assistance with major outages. This type of cooperation allows us to address complex challenges while remaining true to our local roots.
We are committed to innovation.
Because we answer to you rather than far-away shareholders, Nolin strives to respond quickly to changing member needs. We are committed to continuously finding ways to bring you the best service possible. You are the heart of Nolin RECC. We are grateful for the chance to serve you. You are a reflection of the potential we are working to realize in our communities every day.