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January Member Connections

Published On: January 29, 2018

No better start to a new year than spending time with our member co-ops!

January 8-10, at the CEO Close Up Les Penning, CEO of Oregon Trail Electric Cooperative in Baker City, OR and Doug Johnson, CEO of Blue Ridge Energy in Lenoir, NC, shared their years of expertise with the Strategy Execution System. Thanks to Touchstone Energy’s Jason McGrade for moderating the best-in-class discussion, “Sustaining Strategy and Weathering Storms.”

During the first-ever Touchstone Energy Community Service Project at the CEO Conference, these spouses and guests of conference attendees volunteered to work in the Food In Need of Distribution, Inc. (FIND Food Bank) warehouse. Many of the fruits and vegetables distributed to 100 agencies serving southern California were grown in agriculture co-ops. Special thanks to participants for putting the cooperative difference into action.

During the Touchstone Energy® Community Service Project for Spouses, approximately 8,000 pounds of carrots were sorted and packaged for distribution to non-profit shelters, senior citizen organizations, etc.

To kick off the new year in alignment, representatives from Touchstone Energy’s Regional Member group met with Executive Director Lynn Moore to hear about plans to launch a campaign we are calling “Vintage Fresh.” Stay tuned for full details, but you can sneak a peek of our new materials here.

The Cooperative Relations Advisory Committee met in Austin, TX, to discuss new ways to engage with member co-ops and increase their involvement in the network. The Brand Strategies, Business Development and Energy Solutions Advisory Committees were also hard at work and took advantage of technology to hold their meetings electronically.

Please help us welcome the newest Touchstone Energy member, Oregon Trail Electric Consumers Cooperative (OTEC), which is headquartered in scenic Baker City, OR. Touchstone Energy’s Anne Harvey met with their Board of Directors and staff to discuss the resources that are available to them, as well as developed an implementation plan that fits the cooperative’s strategy and vision.


Coos-Curry Electric Cooperative is the latest to receive Four-Star Service Excellence status for completing the four-part Service Excellence employee training suite. They will be recognized at the 2018 Annual Meeting for their commitment to promote Service Excellence culture and will join the ranks of cooperatives on their way to Best in Class.

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