Update from the CEO, Hunter Robinson
Democratic member control is one of the seven cooperative principles that sets cooperatives apart from other business models. Central is governed by a board of seven trustees, elected by the membership. These trustees provide strategic direction and guidance to ensure the cooperative is serving the best interests of you, the member-consumers. While democracy itself is an imperfect system, it remains the best way to ensure your voice is heard. Attending and voting at member meetings, responding to surveys and providing Central with feedback are essential to the democratic process. Democracy cannot and should not be taken for granted.
Central’s mission of “Empowering Our Members and Communities” guides the cooperative in our effort to provide you with safe, reliable and affordable power. New technologies and an ever-changing political environment challenge the current utility model. People now have more choices for the way they receive electricity, and it is critically important that our members’ voices are heard. Through active engagement and participation of the members and under governance by the board of trustees, the co-op can ensure it is leading in a direction the members will want to follow.
In addition to ensuring the co-op serves the best interests of its members, the board of trustees is committed to providing solutions that maintain the vibrancy of our local communities. Being a co-op board member requires a real commitment of time and effort, and an attitude of being a servant leader. Board members engage with the membership and make a contribution to the cooperative and the communities we serve. From serving in civic organizations to volunteering and supporting local booster clubs, Central board members are active and accessible in their respective districts.
One of the greatest resources at Central is our people. From the more than 16,500 members across seven counties, to our board of trustees and employees, the people are the reason Central has thrived for more than 80 years and continues to make an impact in our communities today. Democratic member control ensures that Central will continue to be a cooperative for the people.
We hope you take part in democratic member control by attending our 81st Annual Meeting on May 21, 2020. Look for more details in upcoming issues of the Empowered newsletter.