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Local co-op receives award in Nashville

Robyn Tate, human resources and community relations director; Glenn Miller, president/CEO; Shay Lynch, administration coordinator; Dave Mann, board trustee; Jackie McKee, board trustee; and Bill Grassbaugh, board trustee were recognized with the Cooperative Purpose Award at the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s 2018 annual meeting.


Holmes-Wayne Electric Cooperative was recognized with the Cooperative Purpose Award at the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s 2018 annual meeting.
Holmes-Wayne Electric Cooperative was recognized for their coordination of the veterans’ honor trip for local veterans living in the Ashland, Holmes and Wayne county area.
The national award recognizes cooperatives for meaningful contributions to the community and exemplifying the purpose of cooperatives.
“By engaging their local community and giving back to our nation’s veterans, these co-ops clearly demonstrated their concern for community, a core principle of the cooperative business model,” NRECA President Phil Carson said. “I applaud Holmes-Wayne for the determination to honor our nation’s veterans and inspire their communities to give back.”
Participants in the honor trip included veterans from World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War.
Holmes-Wayne Electric Cooperative along with the Shreve American Legion Post 67 and Rolling Thunder Chapter 2 coordinated a three-day bus trip from Ohio to Washington, D.C. for 48 local veterans and their guardians over the past two years.
The honor trip is an opportunity for the local veterans to see the memorials built in their honor and return home to a community parade in Shreve. To finance the trips, more than $67,000 in funds were raised through employee payroll deduction, potluck meals during monthly safety meetings, cookbook and flag sales, individual and business donations, and Touchstone Energy grants from Buckeye Power.   
More than 6,000 representatives from electric co-ops across the nation attended NRECA’s annual meeting, which ran from Feb. 25-28 in Nashville, Tennessee and set the NRECA’s organizational and legislative agenda for 2018. Co-op representatives also heard from NRECA officials, key public figures and business experts about issues affecting electric cooperatives and their consumer members.
The annual meeting was held in conjunction with TechAdvantage, a technology learning event and expo that features more than 300 exhibitors showcasing their state-of-the-art technologies, equipment and services.

Published: March 13, 2018
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