Cooperation is the root of our success
Cooperatives across the United States are celebrating cooperative enterprise and the contributions cooperatives make to social and economic development this month. It will be a good chance to warm up for 2012, which has been declared by the United Nations General Assembly as the International Year of Cooperatives.
The Sixth Principle
All businesses that operate as co-ops are guided by seven key guidelines, or principles, including the Sixth Cooperative Principle, “Cooperation Among Cooperatives.” In short, electric co-ops collaborate with other co-ops to better serve our members and the communities in which we serve. This applies to virtually every aspect of our business including our legislative efforts; education and training; purchasing equipment and power; communications with members and nearly all of the programs and services we offer you, our members. By combining forces and working together, good things happen.
In bad times, too
When a crisis hits, electric cooperatives apply the very same principle to support one another. If a storm or other disaster hits one of our sister co-ops, we offer whatever help we can to make sure that service gets restored as quickly as possible.
Just this past August, Hurricane Irene blew through here and headed up the coast. Minimal damage was caused to the Horry Electric system, but sister cooperatives didn’t fare so well. Northern Neck Electric Cooperative in Warsaw, Va., was left with 15,000 of their 18,000 members in the dark. As soon as our crews were sure everything in our service area was repaired, 11 of them loaded up and hit the road for Warsaw to lend a helping hand.
The relief crew, which included Jeremy Ammons, Chris Grainger, William Lambert, Steve Johnson, Kelly Jordan, John Martin, Mitchell Benton, Kelly Dix, Matt Savage, Landon King and Carluss King, worked alongside crews from NNEC, as well as linemen from electric cooperatives in Kentucky, Florida, Illinois, Tennessee and Georgia until repairs were made and power was fully restored. We are very proud of them and are very proud to be a part of a network of cooperatives that provides assistance in a crisis. If we ever need help, our co-op ‘family’ will be there for us.
Cooperation among cooperatives helps us in our pursuit of looking out for our members. It’s the root of our success.