Blachly-Lane AWARE Committee: The Place for Member Engagement

Blachly-Lane’s Aware Committee began in 1982 to build grassroots advocacy for rural
electrification. It’s mission stated, “Aware will be a direct line for the voice of rural people— rural electric members and their neighbors—reaching from back home to the state house and Capitol Hill.”

The Aware Committee helps members agree to engage with and stand for rural electrification at the state and federal level. The founders of our cooperative knew they wouldn’t have electric service if they didn’t start it themselves. The same is true today—without engaged and unified member-owners, the cooperative business model collapses.

Blachly-Lane’s board of directors appoint committee members for one-year terms. As it was in 1982, Aware members make these commitments to:

  • Facilitate communication between Blachly-Lane and its members, solicit views of neighboring members, and share the information provided at Aware meetings to other members.
  • Attend meetings, either at the cooperative or virtually.
  • Agree to become informed about the rural electric system—how it came into being and why; how it is governed and operated; its cost-based rate structure; and the scope and nature of the co-op and its importance to the welfare of the entire community.
  • Seek to understand the special challenges involved in delivering reliable rural electric service; and the state and national legislative and regulatory role and impacts on the local rural electric system.
  • Identify, discuss, and agree to make others aware of the concerns of rural electrification.

If you would like to serve on the 2022-2023 Aware Committee, please complete an AWARE Committee interest form and return to our office by October 18, 2022.