Editor:

ACE Hardware, State Farm, REI, Land O’Lakes and Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative all share something in common: we’re all cooperatives.

We may be in different industries, but we all share a passion for serving our members and helping our communities to thrive. October is National Co-op Month, the perfect time to reflect on our founding principles.

From voluntary and open membership to democratic member control to members’ economic participation, co-op principles guide us in everything we do. At SVEC, it’s not just about dollars –– it’s about opportunity for all and being fair when engaging with our members.

This is an important fact to remember as the cooperative moves toward the implementation of a proposed rate increase in 2022. We invite SVEC members who have a question about our rate proposal to participate in a telephone town hall scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18. Please register for this event at svec.coop/townhall.

SVEC is a reflection of our local community and its evolving needs. We view our role as a catalyst for good and making our corner of the world a better place.

Dr. Conrad Helsley

Chair, SVEC Board of Directors