Message for You...

Making the Cooperative Difference in Our Communities

October is National Cooperative Month, an annual recognition of what makes co-ops different, and the difference co-ops make.

Like all cooperative businesses, Lumbee River EMC is guided by seven principles:

  • Voluntary and open membership
  • Democratic member control
  • Members’ economic participation
  • Education, training and information
  • Autonomy and independence
  • Cooperation among cooperatives
  • Concern for community

I would like to focus on the principle “concern for community”, specifically as it applies to our youth.  It is often said our youth is our future.  With the 2019-2020 school year well underway, it is relevant to share how Lumbee River EMC is committed to investing in our youth through educational and personal developmental opportunities.

Lumbee River EMC’s commitment to education begins with (5) 4 year scholarships and (1) 2 year scholarship to any accredited school.  While these scholarships are geared towards graduating seniors, the non-traditional student who is young at heart and wants to pursue a degree later in life is also eligible for the 2 year scholarship.  Lumbee River EMC has endowed scholarships at Robeson Community College, UNC-Pembroke, the Lumbee Warriors and the Joint Special Operations group at Ft Bragg.

Our commitment continues in the classroom with the teachers tasked to educate our youth.  For the last 25 years, LREMC has awarded Bright Idea Grants (BIG) to our fearless teachers to help fund classroom projects that otherwise would not be executed.  Many of these projects are sustainable and benefit students year after year.

Our commitment would be incomplete if we did not engage our youth directly.  The summer before a student’s senior year, we offer free trips to Washington DC to learn about the workings of our government and all about the cooperative business model.  Also in the summer is an all-expense-paid opportunity for a young man and young woman to attend the Roy Williams Carolina and the Wolfpack Women’s basketball camps, respectively.  Lumbee River EMC now offers internship opportunities to provide real-world work experience for college students.  We also participate in on-campus Career Days and willingly present safety presentations to students of all ages when requested.

No matter what the activity, Safety remains Lumbee River EMC’s primary objective.  What better way to focus on safety than with our Safety Billboard Contest for 4th Grade students in April of each year.  If you did not see the amazing safety ideas by our winners this year, come register at our 79th Annual Meeting of the Members and receive a tote bag showcasing their work.  Concern for community…what better way to enhance the quality of life for our members and communities!

Message from Your CEO - October 2019 SHunt_sign.png Carmen E. Dietrich, President & CEO