|G. Thomas Upshaw | President & CEO
IF YOU’VE BEEN AROUND since the 1970s or ’80s, you may remember some classic commercials for Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.
A guy eating chocolate collides with another fellow eating peanut butter. “You got your peanut butter on my chocolate!” he says. The second guy replies, “You got your chocolate in my peanut butter!” They soon realize they’ve found “two great tastes that taste great together.”
Operation Round Up, as you may know, is our member-supported charity to assist local people in need. We started it back in 1989 and since then more than $6 million in grants have been awarded here in Palmetto Electric’s service area. More than 300 co-ops nationwide have adopted Operation Round Up.
In another case of co-ops sharing what works, we adapted Bright Ideas from sister co-ops in North Carolina. Bright Ideas is our way of supporting local teachers with special funding for innovative classroom projects.
For several years, the Palmetto Electric Trust (PET), an independent board that administers member donations to Operation Round Up, has generously supported Bright Ideas. This year PET contributed $28,000 for teacher grants, helping the co-op award 57 grants worth $41,230 to local teachers. Other funding comes from our community service organization, WIRE (Women Involved in Rural Electrification), and our Touchstone Energy Million Dollar Hole-in-One event.
If you support Operation Round Up, thanks. If you would like to participate, give us a call. By agreeing to round up your co-op bill to the next dollar each month, your small change makes a big difference—in two really great ways.