The Thanksgiving season offers a great opportunity to reflect on what’s important.
At my family’s Thanksgiving dinner each year, we all take turns saying something we’re grateful for. My list is usually about the same—good health, wonderful family and friends, and a job serving the great member/owners of Eastern Illini Electric Cooperative.
I’m thankful to be a part of Eastern Illini. Our employees are some of the hardest working people I know. Our mission is to provide safe and reliable electric service to our member/owners, but we also aim to improve the quality of life in east central Illinois. It’s a mission we all take seriously.
I’m thankful for Eastern Illini because it allows employees to live alongside those we serve. The beauty of a cooperative is that it’s locally owned and operated; there are no distant shareholders pulling the strings behind the scenes. Member/owners like you elect members to serve on the board of directors and govern our co-op. We are your neighbors, your friends, your family.
I’m thankful for my co-op because it serves as a vibrant force in the local economy—partly because we are local. That means Eastern Illini is invested in the future of its communities. That’s why we offer no-cost energy efficiency kits for our member/owners in need, and why we go to schools to teach our children about electrical safety and efficiency.
I’m thankful for my co-op because we care. From giving scholarships to young people, to reaching out to members with information that will help them save energy and money, we care about the people and the towns we serve.
I’m also thankful for the wonderful employees that keep the lights on and our board of directors that set the tone for our cooperative.
Finally, I’m thankful for you, our member/owners and faithful readers, because without you, there’d be no Eastern Illini Electric Cooperative.
It seems that as I conclude my 40-year career at Eastern Illini, I have a lot to be thankful for. We live in a wonderful part of the state and our strong rural roots run deep.
Please make a note to read next month’s issue of this PowerLines, as I will officially say goodbye and offer some reflections on my career.
Happy Thanksgiving from all of us here at Eastern Illini Electric Co-op.