CEO/Board Columns

From the front lines to power lines

    Baldwin EMC Board of Trustees Electric co-ops have long had a special place in their hearts for veterans. Perhaps because they are both so closely aligned in outlook, focusing on service, mission and country. Maybe it’s because a large percentage of veterans come from rural communities and return to their hometowns following active duty. Or, […]

    Why we celebrate cooperatives

    Why we celebrate cooperatives

      Baldwin EMC CEO Karen Moore Every October, cooperatives from all sectors across the country celebrate National Cooperative Month. The purpose of this annual celebration is to recognize the cooperative difference and remind you, the members of the coop, about Baldwin EMC’s purpose. I must admit that occasionally, I too have been somewhat cynical of the […]

      Your vote represents your views

        Baldwin EMC Board of Trustees By the time you read this article, we’ll have just over two months left before the next president of the United States is chosen. As we head into the final stage of what has been a divisive national election, it is a good time to remember that even though at […]

        A thousand words in black and white

        A thousand words in black and white

          Baldwin EMC CEO Karen Moore It’s been said time and time again that “a picture is worth a thousand words.” If that’s true, then Baldwin EMC’s archives are filled with millions of them. We have files that are overflowing with photographs from the cooperative’s yesteryear. When our communications department needed help identifying the people, places […]

          Here’s your chance to send a message

            Baldwin EMC Board of Trustees Reliable electricity, access to rural broadband and the quality of our healthcare system are just a few issues we all care about. Still, they only become priorities if enough people show elected officials that they are paying attention. Registering to vote and voting are the most effective ways to send […]

            Preparing for the worst, hoping for the best

            Preparing for the worst, hoping for the best

              Baldwin EMC CEO Karen Moore Do you remember Frederic? How about Ivan? Or Katrina? I’ll bet you aren’t wondering who I might be talking about. You know these names don’t refer to a “who,” but instead a “what” – three of the most devastating storms to ever hit the Gulf Coast. Hurricane Frederic made landfall […]

              Cooperatives and a culture of safety

                Baldwin EMC Board of Trustees There is a children’s book titled Safety 1st, Safety Always. As you can imagine, it encompasses many of the traditional safety lessons parents should teach their children. We drill youngsters about safety from an early age because we know how important it is to protect ourselves and those we care […]

                We're powered by many generations

                We’re powered by many generations

                  Baldwin EMC CEO Karen Moore A popular business-focused magazine recently published an interesting article about the different age groups in the workforce today. The article pointed out a fact that I found very intriguing. This is the first time in American history that we have four, sometimes five generations still active in the workplace. More […]

                  The co-op way looks out for members

                    Baldwin EMC Board of Trustees Many Americans do business with a cooperative every day. They exist in almost every industry from energy to news reporting to healthcare. Co-ops are a huge part of the economy here in the United States and serve some 120 million members, or 4 in 10 Americans. In Alabama, rural electric […]

                    For 79 years and counting, electricity is a good deal

                    For 79 years and counting, electricity is a good deal

                      Baldwin EMC CEO Karen Moore Recently, while sorting through some old files, our engineering department came across a Baldwin EMC membership application dated May 16, 1941. Here are a couple of the provisions listed: 1. “The Applicant will pay to the Cooperative the sum of $5.00, which if this application is accepted by the Cooperative, will constitute the Applicant’s membership fee.” 2. “The Applicant […]