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Local students LEARN ABOUT THE cooperative DIFFERENCE


(CHASE CITY) Erin Hoke and Tyler Tacket attended the Virginia Council of Cooperatives’ youth leadership conference held at Graves’ Mountain Lodge in Syria, Virginia.  The Virginia Institute on Cooperative Education (VICE) is a week-end opportunity for over 60 young people to learn about the unique cooperative form of business through an interactive, educational, and entertaining meeting. The students were accompanied by Brian Morris, member services/energy efficiency advisor, of Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative (MEC), the organization that sponsored the trip.  Morris also participated as a group leader at the event.


Before attending the conference, Hoke and Tacket visited MEC to learn more about the size and operation of the Cooperative. At the conference they studied the history and importance of cooperatives and how they differ from other forms of business.  Following the introductory overview, students were divided into four groups to learn about different types of cooperative businesses: supply, marketing, electric, and credit.  The various sessions of the conference gave the students opportunities to enhance their leadership and teamwork skills and to improve communication skills.


“I thought the conference was interesting and fun,” comments Hoke, the daughter of Tammy and Samuel Hoke of Chase City.  Tackett, the son of Vickie and Mitchell Tacket of South Hill, adds, “I enjoyed meeting the people, and I would recommend this conference to others.” Both students are children of Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative members. 


Sponsoring local students to the VCC youth leadership conference is one of many educational opportunities that Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative offers young people living in the service territory.  Organized in 1938, MEC provides power to over 31,000 homes, farms and businesses in the counties of Brunswick, Charlotte, Greensville, Halifax, Lunenburg, Mecklenburg, Pittsylvania, Southampton, and Sussex.  It is headquartered in Chase City and has district offices in Chase City, Emporia, and Gretna.






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