Honoring our cooperative leaders
As we gather with our families this Thanksgiving, I reflect on the many reasons our cooperative family has to be thankful, especially our continued partnership to serve and improve the Kentucky communities we call home.
This month, I am also expressing gratitude for two co-op leaders.
At KAEC’s 70th annual meeting in Louisville, we are presenting the Distinguished Rural Kentuckian award to retiring Kentucky Congressman Ed Whitfield, a steadfast supporter of co-ops and rural communities.
Throughout his two decades in office, and as Energy and Power Subcommittee chairman, the Hopkinsville native played a key role in modernizing U.S. energy policy and advocating for the interests of rural Kentuckians.
Meanwhile, we welcome to our co-op family the sixth CEO in the history of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA). Former Congressman Jim Matheson says he’s impressed with the co-op culture of working together.
I am also perpetually grateful for that collaborative spirit, one I hope you enjoy with your family this Thanksgiving.