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That time of year

By Michael Callahan

Michael Callahan
Michael Callahan,
Executive Vice President/CEO
EPAs of Mississippi

It’s that time of year.

The month of October brings cooler weather, football, the Mississippi State Fair, Halloween and the colors of autumn. But in the world of electric cooperatives, October is best known as National Cooperative Month.

Electric cooperatives and all co-ops across the country are celebrating the benefits and values that cooperatives bring to their members and communities. Our mission is to deliver affordable, reliable and safe energy to our members. While co-ops operate in many industries and sectors of the economy, 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.

August and September, the heart of hurricane season, brought Hurricane Laura to neighboring Louisiana and Hurricane Sally a little more than two weeks later to the Alabama coast near Gulf Shores.

As a result, the electric cooperatives of Mississippi had an opportunity to implement one of our seven cooperative principles — Cooperation Among Cooperatives.

We sent lineman to Louisiana to help restore power for thousands of Louisiana residents and businesses in the aftermath of Laura. There were approximately 150 Mississippi linemen sent to Louisiana from nine co-ops.

After Hurricane Sally hit Alabama, close to 150 linemen and support workers were sent to Alabama and Florida to help restore power following Sally’s Sept. 16 landfall.

Electric cooperatives from as far away as Michigan and Nebraska offered their linemen to help out if needed on the Gulf Coast to help power up cooperative members following Hurricane Sally.

“Cooperatives serve their members most effectively and strengthen their cooperative movement by working together through local, national, regional and international structures.” That’s how we define the Cooperation Among Cooperatives principle. Our linemen support in September is a clear example of that principle in action.

We are proud to energize the communities we serve and assist our electric cooperative neighbors when they need help serving their members.

This October is important for another reason. We would like for our readers to tell us how we’re doing.

You may be receiving a phone call or email asking you questions about Today in Mississippi. What do you like about our publication? What is it you don’t like? Following a year of our new magazine format, we are conducting a readership survey.

We hope you take advantage of the survey opportunity to help us make Today in Mississippi even better.

Happy National Co-op Month everyone!

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