Manager's Report - February 2016
Why You Should Attend Your Annual Meeting
It’s that time of year again—annual meeting time! On behalf of Butler Rural Electric Cooperative (Butler REC), we’d like to personally invite you to join us on March 10 at Circle Middle School in Benton. We look forward to gathering with you—members of the co-op community—to catch up, hear what you have to say and enjoy some good food and fellowship.
This event is not only a chance to visit with members of our co-op community—it’s also a great opportunity to learn about programs offered by Butler REC and get to know your co-op staff. Our annual meeting makes it possible for us to gather feedback from you by providing a forum where you can let us know how we can better serve you and your family.
This is an occasion to discuss and learn more about the issues affecting our local communities. It’s also an opportunity for you to exercise one of the greatest benefits of being a member of an electric co-op, by voting for the upcoming year’s board of directors.
Butler REC is not owned by far away investors, and it is not run by an appointed board of directors. We are run by a democratically elected board of directors— a board who is given the privilege to serve because of your vote.
Our directors are members of your community. They are concerned with the issues you face every day because they face them too.
A democratic and open election is one of the many elements that makes our electric cooperative stand out from other utilities. Having a voice in who makes the major decisions that directly affect your life and your family is a right we all share as Americans. We all vote for our state and federal Congressional representatives, but not every American has the right to vote for those who will represent community interests within their electric utility. You have that right, so why not exercise it?
Rest assured, no matter what happens, we remain dedicated to providing you with safe, reliable and affordable electric service, but we encourage you to take part in helping us improve how we deliver that service. So make it a point to join us on March 10 at your annual meeting.
We promise we will make it worth your while!