October is National Co-op Month and it’s the perfect time for Wheatland Electric to show our members why it’s great to be a member of a coop. There are seven cooperative principles that set us apart from other businesses: open and voluntary membership; democratic member control; members’ economic participation; autonomy and independence; education, training and information; cooperation among cooperatives; and concern for community. We operate by these principles to provide a unique business model that shows and allows our members to be a part of something bigger than just their communities.
Wheatland Electric strives to be a strong presence in its communities. One of our many community-oriented programs, the Cram the Van food drive, allows Wheatland to help feed hungry people across its service territories. We collect non-perishable food items and deliver them to the local food banks. We are just ramping up our food drive efforts and would love to see you at one of our many events, or you can drop your donation off at any one of our local offices. Along with our Sharing Success program, youth tour trips, scholarships and safety demonstrations, you can see just how committed Wheatland Electric is to the communities we serve.
Wheatland Electric wants to make sure you know you are a valued member of this cooperative. Members have a voice in the cooperative’s policies and business decisions through the election of a board of trustees who represent the membership. Through the cooperative’s annual meeting, members have an opportunity to vote on the board of trustees, exercising one of the greatest benefits of being a member of a cooperative. Wheatland is not owned by big investors but by you, the member, allowing you to take part in the business of the cooperative.
National Co-op Month allows Wheatland Electric to celebrate the cooperative difference with co-ops across the nation. Providing you with safe, reliable and competitively priced energy are only a few of the benefits of being a part of a co-op. We are more than energy providers—we are here to serve you, the member, in your community.