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Manager’s Message – July 2019

Dear Members, Co-ops exist to serve their members and the community. That’s why I can speak for all Benton REA employees by saying, “We work for you.” Benton REA’s employees work week after week with you—the members—in mind. Every detail of providing electricity as well as internet and technology services to you is done with…

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Manager’s Message – June 2019

Dear Members, If you’ve read through this issue of Ruralite, you may be wondering, “Why does Benton REA host an annual meeting?” The answer lies within our core foundation: the Seven Cooperative Principles. Because Benton REA is a member-owned cooperative, you have a say in how your co-op is run. This is the second cooperative…

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Manager’s Message – May 2019

42 Million Strong Dear Members, Benton REA is a member of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), a national trade organization representing more than 900 electric cooperatives. You’re not only a member of Benton REA, you’re part of a 42-million-strong network of co-op members. We may seem like a small utility, but we are…

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Manager’s Message – April 2019

Celebrate These April Dates Dear Members, April typically isn’t a month full of holidays. But at Benton REA, April is a month worth celebrating. Every day I am thankful for Benton REA’s employees, but on April 18, I especially appreciate our lineworkers. Lineworker Appreciation Day celebrates the men and women who power our nation. They…

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Manager’s Message – March 2019

BPA, States and Nez Perce Agree on Spill Dear Members, Last summer, I asked for your help in fighting to protect affordable electricity by supporting the eight Snake and Columbia River dams and stopping additional spill over the dams in 2019. Many of you reached out to your Washington state Senators and I am thankful…

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Manager’s Message – February 2019

Your Trusted Community Partner Dear Members, The best part about being a member of Benton REA is just that … it’s your energy cooperative. You have a say in how our co-op is run because membership equals ownership. Being locally owned, operated and democratically run means you can trust Benton REA to focus on your…

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Manager’s Message – January 2019

Dear Members, I’m pleased to announce that on October 31, 2018, the Benton REA Board of Trustees appointed Benton REA member Ron Johnson to fill the District 4 trustee position left vacant when former Trustee and Secretary of the Board Mark Platt, retired from the board in June. Ron and his wife, Karen, recently moved…

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Manager’s Message – December 2018

Dear Members, Issuing capital credit retirements has been a favorite holiday tradition at Benton REA. Many of you will receive a check from Benton REA this month. To date, Benton REA has returned more than $12 Million back to its members. Capital credits can be a confusing topic. This is why we’ve explained them in…

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Manager’s Message – November 2018

Dear Members, This month, which includes the Veterans Day holiday, we are reminded of the many Veterans who have fought for our freedom. Because of the sacrifices of our nation’s veterans, and the unheralded sacrifice of military families, we have the freedom of speech, freedom of religion and the freedom to live, work and play…

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Manager’s Message – October 2018

Dear Members, For some of us, it wasn’t long ago that we can remember life without the internet. My fourteen and fifteen year-old grandsons don’t have these same memories since they have never known life without advanced technology and instant access to any piece of information they desire. I am thankful for the ability to…