Hope and Homes in Touchstone Energy Effort
A few Saturdays ago, my family had the privilege to join about 120 co-op directors, staffers and family members from electric cooperatives across the nation as part of the Touchstone Energy® Cooperatives Community Service Project, held in conjunction with the 2014 National Rural Electric Cooperatives Association’s (NRECA) annual meeting. We pitched in to support Habitat for Humanity of Williamson County, Tennessee, by building a home from a bare foundation and putting the finishing touches on another home, saving Habitat and local volunteers endless hour of work. The two homes are on co-op lines in Fairview, a community of 8,000 about 30 miles west of Nashville.
While hammers pounded and saw blades roared, other volunteers canvassed the neighborhood, passing out brochures that contained tips on energy efficiency. One of those volunteers was our twelve-year-old son Parker. The price for a sixth-grader to get up at 4:30 on a Saturday morning? A trip to the Grand Ole Opry, naturally. Parker said “It’s amazing how fast they built the house.”
Another volunteer was NRECA CEO Jo Ann Emerson, who took a break from her annual meeting schedule to greet volunteers and pound a few nails. She said “It’s a privilege for me to work alongside so many dedicated co-op volunteers. A concern for community differentiates not-for-profit, member-owned cooperatives from other utilities.”
It is always good to lend a hand at home or away from home. Our family is blessed to be able to help others in Stoddard County, Missouri, or Williamson County, Tennessee. Each of us has different talents, but each of us has the ability to share a smile with a stranger. You never know what a smile might mean to someone else.
(Editor’s note: Thanks to ECT.coop/Steve Johnson for his contributions to the Touchstone story.)
77th Annual Meeting
We are finalizing plans for SEMO Electric’s 77th Annual Meeting on May 29 at the Sikeston Field House. Mark your calendars! Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. with entertainment by Link Union, an eight member band that will provide a musical experience combining folk, rhythm and blues, jazz, sing and gospel. Plus, several information booths will be available. The business meeting will begin at 7 p.m. All members of SEMO Electric are encouraged to attend and participate in your annual meeting.
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