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Resolve To Get Involved

Turn over a new leaf with MVEC

With the flip of a calendar and the stroke of a clock, a new year is here. The fresh start is a prime opportunity to reflect and assess—to take stock of the year that’s just wrapped up and consider changes for 2022.

Perhaps you have an annual ritual, as I do, of building on those reflections by setting a resolution or two. Some of my mainstays include reminding myself to practice gratitude and express empathy, spending more time with the people I love, and of course, eating more fruits and veggies.

In addition to improving the quality of your life and your health, resolutions can help you make the most of your membership with Magic Valley Electric Cooperative. Here are a few to consider.

Attend the annual meeting. In person or not, this is one of the best ways to learn about important co-op news and updates, and it offers a unique opportunity to connect with your neighbors who operate the Co-op. They’re community members, just like you.

Vote. While you’re at the annual meeting, exercise your Democratic Member Control, one of the Seven Cooperative Principles, by voting to elect directors. Since our board guides the Co-op’s development, your participation in the election affects the plans and trajectory of the organization. Have your say.

Contribute to Operation Round Up. Of all the ways Magic Valley seeks to support the community, Operation Round Up is especially close to my heart, because it enlists the generosity and compassion of our members. Those who volunteer to round up their bills to the next dollar provide meaningful support to local non-profit organizations in need, such as food banks and volunteer fire departments.

Maybe you’re already doing some of these things, or perhaps you’ve thought about them and said to yourself, “I should do that,” then went on about your daily routine, as we often do. Best-laid plans, as they say. But there’s no better time than the beginning of the year to turn over a new leaf.

You might find branching out and engaging with your co-op more fulfilling than you anticipated—a small way to make your 2022 a little happier and healthier.