Vail Valley Voices: Cast vote for Holy Cross
May 11, 2011
Soon, many of you will be receiving your Holy Cross Energy ballot and invitation to the annual meeting. Please vote and consider attending the 72nd annual meeting in Glenwood Springs on June 4 at 10 a.m.
Your mail-in ballot will come to you complete with a return addressed, stamped envelope and information about each candidate. Please take a few minutes to educate yourself about the candidates, vote and return your signed ballot envelope.
Why vote? If you are a member of the cooperative, you are an owner of the cooperative. Recent elections have been decided by fewer than 20 votes, and every vote counts. Holy Cross Energy is democratically controlled by the members who vote for the seven-person board of directors. Each member has equal voting rights (one member, one vote). Historically, around 3,500 ballots are returned out of 40,000 mailed out. I believe more than just 3,500 people are interested in the energy Holy Cross provides.
Energy is critically important – not only to the diverse territory Holy Cross serves on the Western Slope, but nationwide and across the globe. Reliability is and will always remain the top priority for consumers. Concerns centering around costs, environmental impact and sustainability also play a critical role for members. Your member-elected Holy Cross board determines the policies that balance these priorities.
Energy provides the lifeblood to most of our lifestyles within area. Each new iPad, flat-screen television and electric car depends on electricity – not to mention the basics of lights, the refrigerator and the toaster. The Western Slope has played an important role within the energy industry. From coal to natural gas and hydro to solar, energy plays a critical role within our local economy.
Our cooperative has proudly served the Eagle Valley, Roaring Fork Valley and other local areas since 1939, when a group of ranchers and farmers decided to start the cooperative. A small loan funded two power lines through the Eagle Valley and the Roaring Fork Valley. Finally, in 1941, electricity was provided to approximately 175 families of both valleys. Today, Holy Cross serves 40,000 members and 55,000 electric meters.
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If you would like to learn more about the history of Holy Cross Energy, the candidates or where your power comes from, please take the time to visit our website at http://www.holycross.com.
Please take a little time to educate yourself on the candidates running for election. Any board’s strength is derived from the experience, history and knowledge of its board members.
Michael Glass is treasurer for Holy Cross Energy.