From Your Board Chairman, Rick Love
Posted on April 30th, 2019
First Electric operates according to the core principles and values, adopted by the International Cooperative Alliance. These seven principles are a key reason that America’s electric cooperatives operate differently from other electric utilities, putting the needs of their members first. We’re able to accomplish our mission statement to “improve quality of life” for our members through the cooperative principles:
- Open and Voluntary Membership
- Democratic Member Control
- Members’ Economic Participation
- Autonomy and Independence
- Education, Training, and Information
- Cooperation Among Cooperatives
- Concern for Community
The seven cooperative principles are vitally important to the overall business structure at First Electric. Concern for community, the seventh principle, allows us to support the communities we serve. We’re proud to give back through Operation Round-Up, where donations support scholarships, nonprofit organizations and worthwhile community projects.
Through organizations like Grand Prairie Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), we can “improve quality of life.” Delyce Palik, Executive Director, Grand Prairie CASA said, “we’re very appreciative of the generous donation made by Operation-Round Up. Because of the generosity of First Electric’s members, we can recruit, train and support individuals who serve as advocates for children who have been removed from their homes and placed in foster care.”
If you want to enroll in Operation Round-Up, please give the cooperative a call at 800-489-7405 or you may enroll online at www.firstelectric.coop/operation-round-up. Thank you for allowing me to serve as your board Chairman and participate in a great cooperative organization and family.
Rick Love, Chairman