Most of us lead busy lives. We find ourselves multitasking, constantly checking phones and email to keep up with the demands of modern life. Thanks to technology, we can accomplish many tasks electronically and remotely to be more efficient. And with so many pressing obligations, we like to protect our “spare” time. Invitations to attend in-person meetings and gatherings are weighed carefully as we decide whether our time and effort to attend is beneficial. The answer to the question, “what’s in it for me?” must be compelling. You may think attending PVREA’s Annual Meeting would be easy to lump into the “no benefit to me” category. However, I’d ask you to think again.
PVREA exists to provide safe, reliable and affordable electricity to our members (that’s you!). Equally important is our mission to enrich the lives of all members and to serve the long-term interests of our local communities. This is where you can help.
As a member of the community, you have a perspective that is valuable––and we invite you to share it with the Co-op. Staff and board members will be available at the meeting for you to meet and ask questions. During the business meeting, Co-op leaders will discuss priorities and challenges, and discuss the financial health and priorities for the coming years. I’ll be updating the membership on new technology the Co-op is utilizing and where we’re headed next in innovation.
Typically, board members are elected by the membership at the Annual Meeting. This year, there are no director terms expiring, so there will be no election.
Although there is not an election, it is still important for our co-op members to meet with Co-op leaders and staff at the Annual Meeting - being involved with your local Co-op is part of being involved with your local community.
PVREA is one of the few local organizations that is uniquely positioned to bring together all members of the community. It is worth noting that the health of the Co-op and the well-being of the community are closely intertwined.
Perhaps you may feel that you have nothing to add to the discussion, so there is no need to attend the Annual Meeting. However, every energy bill you pay to the Co-op helps ensure better service and reliability for the whole community. Your dollars are reinvested locally into improvements that impact the reliability and affordability of your energy, and PVREA wants to hear from you to better inform our decisions as we plan for the future.
While the Co-op provides convenient electronic options for bill-paying and communication, there are times when there is no substitute for in-person engagement. When members of our community come together for a common purpose, we improve the quality of life for all in our corner of the world.
If you’ve never attended our Annual Meeting, or if it’s been awhile, please stop by to help us celebrate our 80-year anniversary. Our co-op family looks forward to visiting with you! We’ll have a hot breakfast, door prizes, live music and special entertainment. So mark your calendar for the Annual Meeting on April 6, 2019 at the Embassy Suites in Loveland.
President & CEO