As a member of Riverland Energy Cooperative, you have certain advantages. The biggest advantage is the right to vote. Each member, as an owner of their electric cooperative, has one and only one vote, by which bylaws are made and directors are seated. Members elect a board of directors from the membership at the cooperative annual meeting. The seated directors serve as trustees of the cooperative. The board sets policies in regard to electric rates, expenditures and the operation of the cooperative.
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The board of directors hires a general manager, who in turns hires other employees to run the day-to-day operation of the business. Because the directors are members of the cooperative themselves, they live with the rates and policies that they set. These decisions are made in the best interest of the cooperative.
Cooperative employees also play another important role other than that of their daily jobs at the cooperative — they are also local leaders. We call this unique characteristic that has been part of the cooperative history from day one — "the power of human connection." Because this important trait separates us from other utilities, we recently termed this member connection Touchstone — meaning important to the touch. So don't be surprised that the local fire chief, scout leader, booster club president, church director, development member, or city council member, etc., is also an employee of Riverland Energy Cooperative.