From the Board of Trustees
“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.”
In the spirit of this quote by author William Arthur Ward, we’d like to take this opportunity to express our gratitude for your membership in our electric cooperative. Because of your connection to Baldwin EMC, we are able to make our community a better place.
We generally use this space to provide updates on projects and developments, and report on the progress of ongoing initiatives. We share these updates so that all our members have a window into our priorities, progress and challenges. However, during this season of giving thanks, we think it’s equally important to let you and other members of Baldwin EMC know just what an impact you have on our co-op and the greater community, likely in ways you may not even realize.
Through your contributions to Operation Round Up, we partner with local agencies that give food to hungry families, provide medical care to underprivileged individuals, reach out to local disabled veterans and improve literacy rates in our community, among other meaningful achievements.
We work closely with our local schools to provide safety demonstrations, award college scholarships and recognize outstanding young people who are making a difference in their schools and communities. Baldwin EMC also participates in the annual Rural Electric Cooperative Youth Tour where we take our area’s brightest young people to Washington, D.C. for a week-long immersion to experience democracy in action. The trip is inspirational for many students, and we are both humbled and honored to be a part of this leadership development journey. Ultimately, the larger community benefits from these programs because of you! You empower the co-op through your membership and through your participation in and support of these programs.
Because this co-op is locally governed by members of our community, we are able to look at issues from a first-hand perspective on community priorities, thereby enabling us to make more informed decisions on long-term investments, such as equipment and technology upgrades.
On a more personal note, we appreciate the countless words of kindness our linemen and other employees receive when they are working in severe weather and dangerous conditions.
Our employees are thankful for your patience and consideration when we are trying to restore power during challenging situations and prolonged periods like we faced during Tropical Storm Gordon a few months ago.
When you attend co-op events, alert us to concerns, provide suggestions online or to our employees, you help us improve operations and thereby better serve the larger co-op membership.
As part of the cooperative business model, one of our core principles is “Concern for Community.” While our priority is always to provide safe, reliable and affordable energy, we view our role in the community as a catalyst for good. The cooperative is a reflection of our local community and its evolving needs. Together, let’s continue making our corner of the world a better place. We can’t do it without you, and for that, we’re thankful for your membership.