Straight Talk Forums Are Back: Roanoke Electric to Community Forums in Area Communities

Roanoke Electric Cooperative (REC) is making plans to host its 2015 series of Straight Talk Forums.

Straght Talk Meeting Picure“The Straight Talk Forums allow an interactive dialogue between members and the cooperative’s officials to discuss numerous topics important to meeting the cooperative’s mission,” said Marshall Cherry, Chief Operating Officer of REC.

“REC is a cooperative meaning our consumer-members equally share in the success of the organization.  There is an obligation--as it is listed as a founding principle of the cooperative business model--to continually inform members of the state of their business. Our over-arching theme is to inform members that we are responding to the call to serve them through numerous initiatives, which will support improving some of the most challenging statistics for our cooperative membership and surrounding areas.  We are sensitive to the needs of our members, and we want to provide them with complete education regarding what we can offer them.”

Hosting the Straight Talk Forums is an ongoing tool for REC. “This is our fifth year of holding these events,” Cherry said.   

Meetings are held throughout many communities in the REC service area from Halifax, NC to Gatesville, NC.  “In fact, we plan to hold eight Straight Talk Forums this year with the last one being held at the Annual Meeting in August,” Cherry said.  Members may pre-register for the Straight Talk Forums in a number of different ways. “They may pre-register by going to the website,  by dialing 252-209-2267, or by speaking to a representative at our main telephone number, 252-209-2236.”  

A question-and-answer (Q and A) session is held at the end of each Straight Talk Forum for members to raise concerns that they want to address. Members can also contact the staff with concerns as well.  “During this year’s  Straight Talk Forums, cooperative leaders will discuss the state of the industry, energy costs, programs we are offering to support members, and calls-to-action for members to engage themselves in the effort. We try to make these events all-inclusive where partners and members providing testimonials help support our message. For example, one of our businesses offering discounts through the Co-op Connections Card program spoke at one to two of last year’s forums, and he was able to offer his service to some of our members,” Cherry explained.

“We look forward to having a very successful round of Straight Talk Forums this year and going into the communities to host these meetings. We have two scheduled in March:  one on Thursday, March 19 starting at 6:00 p.m. here at the headquarters (in Aulander), and one on Tuesday, March 24 starting at 6:00 p.m. at The Roanoke Center (in Rich Square). Stay tuned to the website or call to check on the dates for other forums.” Cherry added that Roanoke Electric also sends direct mailings of upcoming events.

Meals and door prizes are also a popular part of these events.  The cooperative’s board of directors and staff encourage all members to join them at one of these events in the very near future.

REC is an electric utility providing service to 14,000 people in Bertie, Hertford, Halifax, Northampton, Gates, Perquimans and Chowan Counties.  To learn more about the numerous exciting initiatives they have on tap, please visit

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