Co-op member outreach effort wins state award
About a thousand people came out to celebrate National Co-op Month with PTCI and TCEC earlier this month. Both cooperatives and their employees try hard to make it a fun, family-friendly event with free pumpkins, train rides, hot dogs, cookies, a pumpkin decorating contest and fall photos.
During its annual awards banquet, the Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives recognized the joint cooperative efforts with an Award of Excellence for Best Community Outreach Effort. In the overall contest, 14 cooperatives submitted 109 entries. TCEC is honored to share this recognition with PTCI.
“Co-ops Commit” is the theme for this year’s National Co-op Month celebration, highlighting the many advantages cooperatives offer to their members and the communities in which they live and work. Nationwide, cooperatives create 2.1 million jobs and generate more than $650 billion in sales and other revenue annually.
Pumpkins at the Park is one of many community outreach activities promoting fun for the whole family to improve the quality of life for co-op members and communities served by PTCI and TCEC.
The co-ops have jointly contributed annually to the Texas County YMCA. In Cimarron County, the Boise City Recreation Foundation reached out to PTCI and TCEC for a contribution towards rebuilding the city pool area and adding a splash pad. Both co-ops support annual community celebrations such as the Santa Fe Trail Daze in Boise City, Cow Chip in Beaver, Fiesta Days in Texhoma, Pioneer Days in Guymon, and county fairs.
Community outreach reaches across many ages, community and industry with support for children’s health and safety fairs, elder fairs, industry safety presentations and donations to area service organizations to help provide services to the needs of communities. Co-ops have also improved school playgrounds, and park areas. Sports events for youth, Special Olympics and golden seniors are also supported by the co-ops.
“Because we serve much of the same member base, it makes sense to come together as cooperatives to celebrate Co-op Month with those who support us,” said Shawn Hanson, chief executive officer, PTCI.
TCEC Chief Executive Officer Zac Perkins said, “This is a fun way to show our appreciation for our members and celebrate the cooperative spirit.”
“Cooperative principles are about the quality of life of communities and members and cooperating with others in the community,” he added.
PTCI and TCEC are local cooperatives serving the Oklahoma Panhandle. Together, they are taking the Sixth Cooperative Principle of “Cooperation Among Cooperatives” and Seventh Cooperative Principle of “Concern for Community” to heart by helping co-ops build a better world and improving the quality of life for members in the Oklahoma Panhandle.
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Best Community Outreach Effort with PTCI and TCEC Pumpkins at the Park teams