During this challenging year, my thoughts frequently turn to what is truly the heart of this cooperative — people and community.
Individuals and families, including our Lake Region employees, have all been touched in some way by the COVID-19 pandemic. People have been forced to make difficult decisions during a time of great uncertainties. Certainly, it has strained us as individuals and shaken our sense of community because we cannot interact in the way that is natural and comfortable. It is my hope that we can soon put this health risk behind us.
I want to praise the employees of Lake Region Electric Cooperative for their cooperation and ingenuity in finding new ways to work together and continue providing you with quality service. They have really stepped up. While our members cannot see what goes on behind the scenes, let me assure you that our energy professionals have been putting forth an outstanding effort. They have learned new ways to interact and continue their work safely.
This has also been a tough summer for thunderstorms. It seems we have been hit by storms with damaging winds, one after another. Rain saturated soil makes trees unstable and when they topple, they often damage powerline and electrical equipment. Lightning strikes have also been to blame for many of the power outages that have affected our members. Of course, along with power outages comes overtime for our line crews and office support personnel. Their hours have often been grueling and the physical work strenuous.
I offer my sincere thanks to our Lake Region members for their patience and understanding throughout this year of significant challenges. The support you have demonstrated for Lake Region has not gone unnoticed. It has strengthened my belief that good people working together can persevere. We just need to keep moving forward.