Who owns Ozark Electric Cooperative? YOU do!!!
October is National Cooperative Month, and for the many different types of co-ops in the U.S., it’s the time of year to celebrate what membership truly means. You could be a member of a lot of different places – a gym, a 4-H club, a food of the month club – the list goes on and on! But what makes being a member of a co-op different?
The simple answer to that question is that when you are a member of a co-op, you are also an owner. You own a stake in our business, and just like any stakeholder, there are many benefits to your membership. As a member of Ozark Electric Cooperative, you have a say in the representatives who are elected to serve on the co-op’s board of directors. You have an opportunity to make your voice heard every year at our Annual Meeting. You get a say on policy issues your electric cooperative supports or opposes. You can even help to determine how your profits are redistributed.
Our bottom line is providing you with safe, reliable and affordable electricity. Sure, we have to think about expenses, overhead and other aspects of daily business, but when we have a little left over, we send it right back to you. Whether we return it to you in the form of a bill credit or a check – you have a say in where that money goes! And returning capital credits to you is a major part of why being a co-op member matters.
As your local electric co-op, Ozark Electric gets to be a part of this community. When we think about membership, we think about all of the ways we can give back to you, our members – and that’s what matters most to us.
Members Are Why We Exist
If you think it’s just about paying a bill, you are missing out!
You set up your electric service account with your local electric cooperative and you think to yourself, “That’s done. Now I just have to pay my monthly bill.” But the truth is, we’re more than just a utility provider that you pay each month for electricity. We have more to offer – and we want you, our members/owners, to know about your benefits. Please go to www.membersfirst.coop
to find out what it truly means to be a member of Ozark Electric Cooperative.