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                    Who steers our magazine content and the type of services we offer? Utility communicators like you! Our Communications Committee met in Portland, Oregon this week. Curious? Here are a few of their ideas for our Co-op’s exciting future: “Share your Story” booth: a banner and support materials helps your members connect with their local writers....

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Parkland Light & Water Co. turned 100 with style on March 25. Parkland members and staff went to extraordinary lengths to honor the history and current enviable status of the Washington state mutual company. They toasted their company with glasses of sparkling cider. They shouted “hip, hip, hurray” three times on cue. And Manager Mark Johnson did more than submit the usual president’s report. He sang. Besides being the oldest...

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Why settle for cards on Mother’s Day? Buy coffee and join an email list to make life better for co-op moms in Uganda. Our sister co-op, Equal Exchange, works with small, farmer-owned cooperatives around the world. Their Fair Trade chocolate, coffee and tea proves cooperation tastes great! Many remote co-op families (especially moms) live under harsh conditions. To honor them on Mother’s Day, Equal Exchange is raising...

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Want your utility message to take root and grow in the community? Engage consumers! Darryl at Mountain View Electric Association, CO asked how to launch member engagement efforts. I’ve got three favorite examples: Orcas Power and Light Co-op Ambassadors Peninsula Light Co. Ambassadors Verendrye Electric Cooperative (Case Study Source: NRECA) I love that the ambassadors for Verendrye Electric Co-op have set term limits and get...

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Show and tell time!


Posted By on Mar 11, 2014

We had to share this photo. Sharon is showing off the custom magnetic vehicle signs we just finished producing for West Oregon Electric.        ...

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Susan Hess‘ story of a man walking around the world won our March Story of the Month contest (read Susan’s story, “Travels Around the World”). Susan is the writer for Hood River Electric Co-op in Hood River, Oregon. Denise Porter won the March Photo of the Month for her  photo of a bottle cap in the Tillamook PUD edition of Ruralite. Congratulations Susan and Denise! Ruralite Services loves to celebrate storytelling...

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