by Milton Hawkins, PEC Member
My quick reading of the information in the current agenda/supporting materials document (CEO Action Items/Other Items – PEC Power of Change [Round Up] Program) regarding PEC’s attempt to implement an Operation RoundUp program indicates that the PEC directors intend something very different from the typical program.
It appears that they intend something that does NOT replace or diminish any of their current giveaway programs, programs that allow them to take as much of our money as they please, and use it as they please.
In addition, it appears that they intend something that they retain total control of, including the distribution of the amounts that are donated, rather than appointing a board of directors consisting of owner-members to make those decisions.
In other words, it appears to me that they intend something that frustrates the whole point of Operation RoundUp programs, which is owner-member control of a cooperative’s charitable contributions.
This scheme appears to be designed to entice owner-members to provide yet more of their own money, this time on a voluntary basis, to fund the directors’ existing self-promotion giveaway programs.
Instead of replacing the current giveaway scheme, it appears that this new scheme simply adds funding to the old one, producing yet more money for the directors to play with.
I will not be opting in, given what I have seen so far.
How does it strike you all?
Milton Hawkins, PEC Member
PS: I’m assuming that you all know how these programs are supposed to work. But just in case you need a refresher, use this link to see how the program works in our neighboring cooperative to the west, CTEC: