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O’Brien Wins Book Award for “We Shall Not Be Moved”

Thursday, August 21, 2014


Mike O’Brien is now in good company with Pulitzer Prize winner Alice Walker and scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. O’Brien, retired vice president of member engagement at the National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corp., has received a 2014 Lillian Smith Book Award for “We Shall Not Be Moved: The Jackson Woolworth Sit-In and the Movement [...]

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Breslaw to Lead NRECA International Foundation

Tuesday, August 19, 2014


Marc Breslaw has seen firsthand how electricity can transform people’s lives. “I have seen the effect of one light and what it can do for people,” Marc Breslaw said of the scene he witnessed in a Ugandan refugee camp several years ago. “Just the presence of one outdoor street light meant that women could go [...]

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Organizers to Retire, but Golf Tourney to Live on

Friday, August 15, 2014


A popular charity golf tournament will live on, despite the upcoming retirements of two general managers of electric cooperatives in Oregon—the event’s founders and main organizers. That’s welcome news to the golfers, business sponsors and fans of the Harold Backen Co-op Golf Tournament that has been held the Saturday after Father’s Day since the early [...]

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Texas Co-op Boosts Access to Medical Care

Monday, August 11, 2014


When a medical helicopter needed to land in the unincorporated town of Mullin, Texas, the only available spot was a school parking lot. The situation wasn’t much better in Gorman, where the only option was a park. It’s a far different story today, thanks to a Texas electric cooperative. Now, both towns have dedicated helipads [...]

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Five Students Win Glenn English Scholarships

Tuesday, August 05, 2014


Five college students are the first recipients of scholarships from the Glenn English National Cooperative Leadership Foundation. Formed in 2013, the foundation honors former NRECA CEO Glenn English by awarding scholarships to former Youth Tour participants who have shown a commitment to the seven cooperative principles. English retired in March 2013 after leading the association [...]

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