Attending Annual Meeting is Important

Attending Annual Meeting is Important 
By Steve Foss

You have heard us talk about engagement and the cooperative difference for quite some time because it is a critical part of what makes FreeState unique. 

Did you know by attending the annual meeting you can connect with those who provide your power, as well as neighbors and friends? It’s a chance to surround yourself with like-minded people and we shouldn’t take that opportunity for granted. 

FreeState Electric Cooperative will hold its annual meeting on Tuesday, April 23, 2019, at Perry-Lecompton High School. 

You might not think attending the meeting is important. I’m sure you’ve told yourself that you don’t have time, or it doesn’t matter that you are there, or even the most popular response, “Everything is fine. You don’t need me there.” 

I’m here to tell you that yes, everything is running smoothly, but we do need you there and we want to see you in Perry. We want to see you there because this is your cooperative. Every time you pay your bill you invest in your electric service. Your dollars are used for improvement projects that impact the reliability, safety, and affordability of your service. The benefit of being a co-op consumer-member is that you can have a say in how your co-op runs because we work for you. 

The annual meeting gives you the chance to gain insight into the financial security of the co-op and see how we operate. You can ask questions and talk directly to the board of trustees and the staff who make sure you have power when you need it. It’s your prerogative to give your opinion, and don’t forget you have the right to vote for your representation in the board room. 

FreeState has you in mind as we plan the annual meeting. It is designed to take care of business, but also provide a sense of community and empowerment. If you are a veteran of attending these meetings I encourage you to invite your neighbor who may not have participated before. There will be free hamburgers and hot dogs and door prizes. 

We understand if you can’t make it, so we will offer a live feed of the meeting on our Facebook page. You can watch and follow from wherever you are thanks to Facebook Live. We hope to see you in Perry on April 23.