Last month, our country held midterm elections — our chance as citizens to act in a democratic society. We voted for people to support us, to represent us, to take our concerns forward, and to hopefully make a difference for us. Your cooperative operates in much the same way. We have local democratic control. That… Continue reading.
Electric cooperatives have a different model, focus, and employees when compared to other utilities. There is a big cooperative difference. Yes, we are an electric utility, and we must act as a utility, which means we must focus on providing the highest level of electric service to our members — safely and at fair, reasonable… Continue reading.
You may not think of our little cooperative as a computer hacker’s dream target, but you’d be wrong. Computer hackers from around the world try to hack our computers daily. We must be on guard at every moment to ensure our computer systems are as secure as possible. No system can be totally secure and… Continue reading.
This issue, you’ll notice several pages of names of members and former members who have an outstanding capital credits check on file with the cooperative. This means we’ve mailed a check, but it was never cashed. It may have been lost or returned because the person moved and we no longer have a valid address…. Continue reading.
It simply means your cooperative will provide education, training, and information to members, elected officials, employees, and the general public to ensure a greater understanding of the cooperative and its mission. The magazine you are reading is an example of this principle of education. There is a saying which goes back to the original formation… Continue reading.
One of the seven cooperative principles is democratic member control. This principle is on display every year at the cooperative’s annual meeting. On March 18, the cooperative celebrated its 80th annual meeting. This meeting saw two long-time board members leave and one stay, which means we will have two new board members serving the cooperative… Continue reading.
June 2016 was the 80th anniversary of the formation of Paulding Putnam Electric Cooperative. This huge milestone is only one of the many we experienced in 2016. Employee safety set new records, capital credits retirements were at an all-time high, and outage minutes were reduced to the lowest level in recent memory. The cooperative board… Continue reading.
Last June, the cooperative turned 80 years old. That’s 80 years of providing service to our neighbors — to their homes, farms and businesses. This March, we will hold our 80th annual members meeting. On March 18 at the cooperative’s office in Paulding, Ohio, the members will meet for this historic event. The cooperative was… Continue reading.
One of the toughest parts of any job is saying goodbye to friends as they leave for retirement or other career opportunities. Each year, it seems like a long-term employee or board member retires, and 2017 will be no exception. We will see one employee and one board member retire in the first quarter of… Continue reading.
In November, Paulding Putnam Electric Cooperative broke ground on a community solar project called OurSolar. The project is partnership with our generation and transmission provider, Buckeye Power, and other electric cooperatives. Buckeye Power is constructing these community solar arrays as part of its generation portfolio. All the electric cooperatives in Ohio are participating in this… Continue reading.
Last month, I mentioned three of the seven cooperative principles — education, training, and information; concern for community; and democratic member control. I explained how your cooperative lives out those principles every day. I showed that this magazine is provided to keep you informed and educated on your co-op news, and I described how the… Continue reading.
In today’s world, we see companies sharing their mission statements and promoting themselves with new slogans or catch phrases. But cooperatives are different. We are grounded by the seven cooperative principles, which guide our everyday purpose. This magazine is a prime example of the fifth principle — education, training and information. According to this principle,… Continue reading.