Tethered hot air balloon rides, stilt walkers, and a zip line were just a few of the many festivities available for members of not-for-profit Paulding Putnam Electric Cooperative to participate in on Saturday, July 22. More than 1,700 members and their families from NW Ohio to NE Indiana enjoyed the carnival with a free BBQ meal, ice cream, snow cones, and other treats from the co-op Board of Trustees, dressed as carnival workers to chat with the members they represent. Members also had the opportunity to meet their new CEO Randy Price.
The co-op is still experiencing heavy traffic on its social media pages, with dozens of comments and photos being shared online. Each member received a jumbo yardstick, along with the chance to win prizes at various stations and games. Bingo winners enjoyed gift baskets, cutting boards, and other swag products from the community cooperative.
“It was great to meet so many of our members and hear their stories,” said CEO Randy Price. “This wonderful appreciation event was only possible due to the tireless dedication and hard work of our employees. Thanks to our members for taking time out of their busy lives to join us and celebrate what makes us co-ops different from other utilities.”
Information was available for various co-op programs like account management tool SmartHub, Co-op Connections discounts, Bright Futures Youth Programs, America’s Electric Cooperatives PAC, and Operation Round Up, including resources on installing solar, performing home energy audits, and other ways to save on your electric bill. Guests learned how being a member of a not-for-profit co-op is different than a customer of a typical utility, as co-op members are part-owners in the business and receive capital credits patronage (“cash back” for their investment).
Members who attended are asked to complete a survey by Monday, Aug. 7, available online at www.ppec.coop/member-appreciation. This will help the co-op plan 2024’s event.
To find photobooth images or a complete gallery, visit PPEC's Facebook page here.