Pioneer Telephone Cooperative Commits In National Co-Op Month
Pioneer Telephone Cooperative, Inc. is joining together with nearly 40,000 other cooperative businesses nation-wide in October, to celebrate National Cooperative Month. Cooperatives help build stronger communities and a strong economy. “Coops Commit: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion,” is the theme for this year’s celebration, highlighting how co-ops are creating diverse, equitable and inclusive workplaces and boards, and how co-ops can better meet the needs of communities that have been excluded from economic participation and advancement.
Due to COVID-19, Pioneer made the difficult, although safest decision, to not hold its 67th Annual Meeting with Cooperative Members, which is held in May of each year. “We did not want to host the meeting and put the health of our members and employees at risk,” said Richard Ruhl, General Manager.
The pandemic also forced Pioneer’s Board of Trustees and Management, to reschedule the District Elections further out to the month of September. In keeping with recommendations from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the practice of social distancing, proper hand hygiene and the use of a mask was encouraged to those attending the meetings.
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