CEO Message — December 2021

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from Rio Grande Electric Cooperative

Roger Andrade headshotIf there is a season that accentuates the sense of family and gathering, it is the Holiday Season! This time of the year brings out the softer and kinder side of people. We look to give to those less fortunate through turkey drives and toy drives, because we are a community and have a connection to where we live. Such comfort and nostalgia brings a smile to my face and a renewed sense of belonging.

This season also allows us to reflect and give thanks for the blessings bestowed upon us. Even while traversing through a historic event such as a global pandemic, the sense of gratitude is heightened for the opportunity to stay healthy and safe through these trying times. My heart aches for those families that have experienced loss to the virus and otherwise; your families and loved ones are in our prayers.

At Rio Grande Electric (RGEC), we are thankful for the partnerships we have developed over the years with our vendors, consultants, and providers, as those relationships have allowed us to create programs and grants for the benefit of our members. For example, this year, as shared during the annual meeting, the cooperative and partners donated a total of $34,000 in community support funds to volunteer fire departments, non-profit organizations, and various food banks. You can check out the recipients on our website, under the “News” tab. The Co-op also awarded a total of $31,500 in scholarships to graduating seniors, continuing education, and vocational students. We believe in the development of our future workforce by investing in their education through the scholarship program. Remember to direct eligible candidates to our website for more information. We will be announcing the 2022 scholarship application process next month.

As we continue to participate and engage in community events, we are also reminded of how people, cities, and counties have come together with a strong sense of community, to assist on our international border. Political rhetoric aside, the men and women from many sectors of law enforcement responded to the calling and traveled many miles away from their families to assist our friends and neighbors in the border region. The local communities have come together to demonstrate their gratitude by feeding law enforcement officers and welcoming them to our communities. We are safer because of them.

We will continue to look for ways to invest in our communities, whether through programs, projects, and/ or community engagement activities. Keep an eye out in the coming year for the solar projects developed with our members, for our members. These will bring value-added propositions to the communities we proudly serve.

I am grateful to be a part of the wonderful communities we serve, because we make each other better. Together, we make a positive impact on the lives of our members. I wish you and your loved ones joy this holiday season and peace and prosperity in the coming new year. Your RGEC Team will be here to keep the lights on for ya! Thank you and God Bless!

Roger Andrade