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October is National Cooperative Month

October is National Cooperative Month

Celebrate with Butler Electric Cooperative

 

            Butler Electric Cooperative is inviting all to celebrate cooperatives in Kansas – and across America – during National Cooperative Month.

            Every October, cooperatives are recognized for the qualities that make the business model unique. Seven cooperative 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 cooperatives; and concern for community.

            This Co-op Month, we’re focusing on “The Electric Co-op Connection: Discover the meaning of membership.” Co-ops exist to serve their members, but they also play a major role in their local communities.

            “Cooperative membership is unique,” says Travis Griffin, Member Services Director. “Electric cooperatives are committed to providing members with safe, reliable and affordable electricity, but there’s more to it than that. We’re local, and we care about our communities. We are proud to participate in programs such as Operation RoundUp®, Youth Tour and provide safety demonstrations.”

            Butler Electric Cooperative is proud to be part of America’s cooperative network, which includes more than 47,000 cooperative businesses.  

            Butler Electric Cooperative is one of more than 900 electric cooperatives, public utility districts and public power districts serving 42 million people in 47 states.

            “In the 1930s, rural America needed electricity just as much as anyone else,” Griffin said. “It was a major challenge that big utilities weren’t interested in tackling. The men and women of rural America banded together and made it happen. In October, we celebrate the power of working together for the common good and bettering the quality of life for our friends and neighbors.”

            In addition to cooperative utilities, Kansas residents are served cooperatively by credit unions, food co-ops, agricultural co-ops, and more! To learn more about Coops visit http://www.kansasco-op.coop/.

 

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