Photo of Ted CaseSummer is winding down, and school is in session for my kids. Thank goodness. No longer will I have to wither under 90-degree heat or hear the phrases, “I’m bored” and “I don’t have anything to do.”

Without a doubt, I am much more excited about the prospect of math and science homework than my children. I also wish they shared the enthusiasm of Oregon electric cooperative leaders who believe strongly in the Fifth Cooperative Principle: “Education, Training and Information.”

Oregon electric cooperative directors, CEOs and employees constantly receive in-depth training on a variety of industry-related topics. Much of this is accredited training through our outstanding trade association—the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association—but our own statewide association is proud to have an education function as well. This month, we host our fourth annual Director Education Conference that will focus on, among other topics, technology, power supply and governance issues.

I am always impressed with the dedication of my members at these conferences. It doesn’t matter how many years they have been at their co-op or have served on their local co-op board, there is always more to learn in a rapidly changing industry.

Perhaps my children will someday appreciate the gift that is a quality education. But even now, they are yearning for next summer—a mere 173 school days away from being bored with nothing to do.

I hope you all had a wonderful summer, full of memories for a lifetime.

Ted Case
Executive Director