Happy 75th, OPALCO | Editorial

Door prizes galore, brunch on a boat, loads of free stuff and election results, too?

It appears Orcas Power and Light Cooperative is pulling out all the stops to make its 75th Annual Meeting, May 5, a “can’t miss” event.

And if at all possible, we don’t think you should miss it. Heck, you get $7.50 off your next power bill just for showing up.

Orcas members should arrive at the ferry landing to register at 8 a.m.; Lopez members register at the ferry landing at 8:40 a.m.; and Shaw members board the ferry at 9:10 a.m. For the full travel schedule, go to www.opalco.com. Reservations are required for members traveling from San Juan Island., only.

OPALCO is your power cooperative and don’t feel greedy if your primary motive for attending is for a shot at a gazillion giveaways, which include a possible prize of $750 off your future power bill, energy efficient power and garden tools, gift certificates, appliances and tools for the kitchen, camping and sporting equipment, and assorted art and merchandise donated by local businesses, merchants and artists.

There is a practical side to all this, however. Three candidates are vying for two positions on the co-op’s board of directors — District 2, which represents Orcas and its outer islands — and OPALCO must field a quorum of 100 members at the annual meeting for the election to be valid and certified. All co-op members can vote, regardless of which island you call home. Ballots arrived in the mail last week.

So take advantage of the chance to come home with a some free stuff and vote in the election.

And, while you’re there, feel free to ask about that recent 3 percent rate hike and what OPALCO’s broadband initiative is all about. It is, after all, your power cooperative.