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Message for You...

As we begin preparation for our 79th Annual Meeting of the Members, I can’t help but reflect on last year’s meeting.  During the business meeting open forum session, a member stood up and addressed the need for LREMC as an organization to be more transparent in our operations.

LREMC took those comments to heart and started discussing how to bring about better transparency.  One of the key factors needed is better communications with our membership and the dissemination of information.  In case you are not aware, several changes have already taken place.  Our first effort was the establishment of member community meetings.  The first meeting was in the Saddletree Community, followed by one at our North Center Office in the Raeford area and one in the Evans Crossroads Community.  These meetings are to address specific topics members have expressed interest in knowing about.  In addition, it is an opportunity to share information about our cooperative and our changing industry and the impacts on our operations.  I encourage you to be on the lookout for meetings in your area and to attend.  If you have something you want to hear us address just drop us an email at AskYourCoop@lumbeeriver.com.

Our second effort involves a review of all cooperative policies related to the membership and its governance to provide transparency improvement.  As policies are updated, we will post them on our website for easy access and review.  Again, communication of these efforts is critical and we will continue to develop our communications for what works best for our membership, whether it is through social media, this newsletter or a different media.

A direct result of our initial efforts involving policy reviews is associated with Board of Directors meetings becoming more transparent.  The Board of Directors addressed the policy related to members’ attendance at their monthly meeting.  At the beginning of each meeting time is now allotted for members to address the board with comments or concerns.  The agenda for the monthly board meeting is posted the Friday before the scheduled meeting.  This allows members to see the topics coming before the Directors for review / consideration.  Once the minutes of each meeting are approved (occurs the month following the meeting), those approved minutes are also posted on the website.  This enables the membership to see what happened during the meeting.

I believe we have begun a good work regarding addressing the concerns expressed at last year’s annual meeting.  We appreciate your patience as we continue to work through how to best meet the commitment to improve our transparency.  I will continue to use this column to keep you informed.  Do not hesitate to contact our office through phone, email or a personal visit.  Together, we can enhance the quality of life for our fellow members and the communities we serve.

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