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Manager’s Message – June 2019

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Dear Members,

Michael J. Bradshaw

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 principle: Democratic Member Control.

Co-ops are democratic organizations whose members actively participate in setting policies and making decisions. Your board of trustees is made up of members like you. Members in Districts 1, 2 and 3 can vote for their representatives at or before this year’s annual meeting.

The fifth cooperative principle is Education, Training and Information. At your Benton REA annual meeting on July 13, you can learn more about the services Benton REA provides for you. We’ll also have electrical safety demonstrations and information about internet technology, how to use energy efficiently, hydropower issues and lessons for being safe around power lines. During the business meeting, you will hear updates on Benton REA’s financial condition, board elections and current Benton REA projects.

Concern for Community is the seventh cooperative principle. We hope our annual meeting brings value by providing a family-oriented event that gives back to the community. Family activities and lunch will be provided. Weather permitting, members can take a short, tethered ride in the Touchstone Energy hot air balloon!

Wherever the balloon travels, Touchstone Energy donates to a local charity. We hope you take advantage of your co-op membership and join us at Benton REA’s 82nd Annual Meeting of Members on July 13 at Leona Libby Middle School in West Richland. I look forward to seeing you at the annual meeting!

Cooperatively,

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Michael J. Bradshaw

General Manager

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