“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” In the spirit of this quote by author William Arthur Ward,

I’d like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude and thankfulness for your membership in our electric cooperative. Because of your connection to Jones-Onslow EMC, we are able to make our community a better place.

I generally use this space to provide updates on new projects and developments and report on the progress of ongoing initiatives. We share these updates so that all of our consumer-members have a window into our priorities, progress and challenges. However, during this season of giving thanks, I think it’s equally important to let you and other consumer-members of JOEMC know just what an impact you have on our co-op and the greater community, likely in ways you may not even realize.

As part of the cooperative business model, one of our core principles is “Concern for Community.” While our priority is always to provide safe, reliable and affordable energy, we view our role in the community as a catalyst for good.

We are purposeful in partnering with civic groups and non-profit organizations to help them carry out their mission—to help others in need and to simply make our community a better place to live, work and raise a family.

We work closely with our local schools to provide safety demonstrations, award college scholarships and assist educators in teaching our children by providing grants through the Bright Ideas Program. JOEMC also participates in an annual Youth Tour (see page 1 of the newsletter) where we take our community’s brightest young people to Washington, D.C. for a week-long immersion to experience democracy in action. The trip is inspirational for many students, and we are glad to be a part of this leadership development journey. Ultimately, the larger community benefits from these programs because of you! You empower the co-op through your membership and through your participation in and support of these programs.

We are thankful that our co-op board members carve out time to attend important training sessions, participate in planning meetings and keep abreast of industry trends. This investment in time results in better informed advisors that serve the co-op’s interests in a way that our consumer-members expect and deserve.

On a more personal note, we appreciate the countless acts of kindness our linemen and other employees received during power restoration efforts after Hurricane Florence. Our employees are thankful for your patience and consideration during challenging situations and prolonged periods when there are power outages.

Jones-Onslow EMC was originally established close to 80 years ago to bring electricity to our area when no one else would. The cooperative is a reflection of our local community and its evolving needs. Together, let’s continue making our corner of the world a better place. We can’t do it without you, and for that, we’re thankful for your membership.