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MREA celebrates co-ops vote 5-star status award

Thursday, November 1, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Shari Wormwood
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MREA celebrates co-ops vote 5-Star status award

The 2018 election day is in five days, and MREA has encouraged its members to get engaged with their governmental representatives in countless ways since the beginning of the year. To show appreciation, the NRECA recognized MREA with a 5-Star Co-op Status Award.


MREA is proud of the way our members excel at building relationships with their representatives. They consistently invite them to local co-op meetings. Several directors attended visits in DC three times this year and visited Minn. Representatives in St. Paul during our Grassroots Day and Legislative Day at the MREA Annual Meeting.


To support political engagement among our membership, MREA kicked off 2018 with a new REPAC revitalization program including new donation tiers and a Willie Wiredhand pin for donations of $100 or more. We held a gubernatorial panel at the MREA 2018 Annual Meeting, which was the first time all the candidates sat on a panel together. We also invited the Republican and Democratic Party candidates to the NRECA Region 5/6 Meeting in September. We'll wrap up the year with a Legislative Summit on November 16.  MREA publications, our website, and social media channels were a perfect place to communicate about these events and build awareness around our initiatives.


Internally, we implemented monthly employee table topic training lunches this year. Two topics relating to the importance our political engagement were REPAC and "How does the Legislature really work?"





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