Wheatland Celebrates National Co-op Month
October is National Co-op Month. Wheatland Electric is celebrating the benefits and values that Co-ops bring to our members and community.
While co-ops operate in many industries and sectors of the economy, seven Co-op principles set us apart from other businesses: voluntary and open membership; democratic member control; member’s economic participation; autonomy and independence; education, training and information; cooperation among Co-ops; and concern for community.
“The co-op business model is unique and rooted in our local communities,” said Bruce Mueller, Wheatland’s General Manager. “Co-ops help us build a more participatory, sustainable, and resilient economy.”
When Wheatland was formed in 1948, it was formed for the sole purpose of providing a benefit (electricity) to its members. Today, Wheatland continues to provide the benefit of electricity and more!
Every April, Wheatland conducts an annual meeting as an opportunity for our members to get involved. Members have an opportunity to engage with Co-op leadership, hear updates about the programs and business of the Co-op and vote on important matters. One member, one vote, is an important part of the Co-op difference.
Concern for the community is another guiding Coop principle. Wheatland and its employees practice this principle nearly every day. Through programs like Sharing Success, Youth Tour and Cram the Van, Wheatland gives back to our community and our members. Wheatland employees regularly volunteer and give their time to civic organizations, help out at county fairs, participate in community parades and serve as board members, councilman and commissioners in your local communities.
“We’re more than just the light company,” Mueller said. “Electricity is what we do, it’s not who we are. We’re a Co-op and we want our members to see the value in Co-op membership. Whether it’s through programs like Cram the Van that help out those in need or our Youth Tour program that invests in the future of young people in our communities, giving back, helping out members, those are the reasons we should celebrate National Co-op Month.”
Help us celebrate Co-op Month by joining us at a Cram the Van event. Bring a non-perishable food item or a cash donation for your local food bank or drop them off at your local Wheatland office this month. Members helping members, that’s something to celebrate!