Advisory Committee Touchstone (ACT)
You might not realize it, but Southern Iowa Electric Cooperative isn’t just another electric utility company. It’s a cooperative, and that means members like you have a say in how it’s run. During SIEC’s annual meeting you can vote for fellow members to represent you on the board of directors, or even run yourself. In addition, SIEC also has a member advisory committee called ACT which stands for Advisory Committee Touchstone. SIEC organized our first ACT group on October 23, 2008. Touchstone Energy is our national brand which is based upon four values of Accountability, Integrity, Innovation, and Commitment to Community. The term “Touchstone” was also appropriate for the advisory committee name because the ancient use of the term was a black stone which was used to assay the value of precious metals. The term has a more common meaning today of being a standard to assist establishment of the value of any idea. SIEC’s motto is “You have a voice with us” that’s because your opinion matters to us!
Our ACT group meets two times a year, and our co-op directors and employees listen to their feedback on a variety of topics. Members learn the basics about rate structure, co-op history, and the products and services SIEC offers. Our ACT group serves as a sounding board to evaluate and make suggestions for cooperative programs and activities. As ACT members rotate off the committee, the board of director’s reviews new ACT candidates. Their selection is based on geographic dispersion, occupation, age or other demographics to attract a representative sample that is similar to our overall co-op membership. SIEC feels this is a win-win situation—it’s good for the co-op and our members. We truly care about our members and want to serve them to the best of our ability.