The holidays are a time of year that many of us eagerly anticipate. The season is marked by special foods, seasonal decorations and lots of festivities. In McNairy County, we look forward to the annual Christmas parades.
We cherish carrying on old family traditions and enjoy creating new ones. For me personally, I look forward to more time spent with family and friends.
However, given the hustle and bustle of the season, the holidays can also offer an opportunity to slow down and reflect. For all of us at electric cooperatives across the state, we are grateful for you, co-op members.
You see, one of our founding principles as a co-op is “Concern for Community.” While our main focus is providing safe, reliable and affordable energy, we want to give back. We want to help our communities thrive.
In looking back at this past year, I’m grateful that we were able to make a positive impact in our communities. We are grateful for the opportunity to partner with local schools to raise awareness of the importance of electrical safety. And we continue to work closely with our local high schools, awarding young leaders with trips to Nashville for the Youth Leadership Summit and Washington, D.C., as part of the Rural Electric Youth Tour.
There are other ways we can help our communities — whether we’re providing information about our programs or helping you find ways to save energy at home, we want you to know we’re here to help.
Looking ahead to 2020, we hope you will share your opinions with us. We recognize that our members have a valuable perspective, and that’s why we continually seek your input. Whether through community events, social media channels or the annual meeting, we want to hear from you. We are led by you — the members of the co-op — and we depend on your feedback.
As we prepare for next year, we look forward to the opportunity to serve you and the greater community. On behalf of the electric cooperative family, we hope your holidays are, indeed, merry and bright!