CVEC Counts the Benefits of Association Involvement
Board engagement and involvement are essential to the health of any organization, and Chariton Valley Electric Cooperative is no different. Engaged boards are naturally more impactful, as they are willing to devote ample time to complete duties and fulfill expectations. CVEC's board members are the cooperative's best ambassadors, strategists and all-around supporters.
Many of CVEC's Board of Directors join organizations and associations to take full advantage of all that these groups have to offer. Association involvement can have many lasting benefits that can be valuable to each director and CVEC's members.
One of the major benefits of joining associations is the opportunity for your directors to meet people and build connections. Many of the associations your board members are a part of facilitate networking by hosting events and arranging time before and after meetings for members to interact.
Educational programs offered by these organizations and associations are another valuable benefit of membership. These educational sessions can help CVEC stay on top of developments shaping the electric industry. In addition, directors may be able to interact with speakers and instructors, giving them the opportunity to receive one-on-one guidance on specific business challenges and goals.
As part of associations and organizations, CVEC is part of a timely, unified voice in state and national regulatory and legislative matters. Additional benefits also include safety and loss control trainings, regulatory assistance, education programs and a variety of communications tools.
Many organizations offer certifications for directors who show an ongoing commitment to learning. The time your directors invest in education more than pays for itself as continuing director education helps keep their skills sharp, presses them to think more strategically and develop innovative solutions to challenges.
CVEC's participation in our generation and transmission cooperatives helps us maintain rate structures and energy portfolios while keeping local investments at the forefront. CVEC directors spend countless hours staying current on the constantly changing electric industry, including trends and political landscapes that may potentially impact our local system. Together we work as a team to create solutions using new technologies and products, learn from our peers' innovations and improve current practices to lead us to a brighter tomorrow.
Joining specific electric industry organizations and associations is a great starting point for CVEC directors; however, joining additional groups is also beneficial in broadening CVEC's horizons.
Industry-specific organizations can help directors learn more about issues specific to the electric utility field, allowing CVEC to develop more targeted and insightful strategies.
Interest-specific associations focus on specific issues or causes, which means your cooperative may gain access to individuals we might otherwise not meet.
Local business groups include members from a variety of industries and occupations. This is an excellent way for CVEC to broaden our network and make contributions to the communities we serve.