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David Burton
Civic Communications Specialist
2400 S. Scenic Ave.
Springfield, MO 65807

May 12, 2018

SW Electric Coop. Reinforces Commitment to Guiding Principle with Gift
to Greene, County and Polk County Extension Councils

BOLIVAR, Mo. - One of the earliest cooperative enterprises was a store started by weavers in the town of Rochdale, England, in 1844. As a way to define the characteristics of this newer type of organization, the Rochdale weavers drew up a set of principles for cooperatives to live by. The seventh of these was "Concern for Community."

Southwest Electric Cooperative is proud to embrace this principle of concern for community.

SWEC has partnered with its lender, CoBank, through their Sharing Success program, to make donations to three area University of Missouri Extension offices. The Dallas, Greene and Polk county MU Extension councils each received a donation of $3,500 from SWEC.

MU Extension has an office located in almost every Missouri county and has a mission to provide community-based programming. MU Extension provides research-based information and education in four primary categories: youth and families, agriculture and the environment, nutrition and health, and business and community development.

"We are thrilled to provide some much needed financial help to these important community partners," said James Ashworth, CEO/general manager of SWEC. "Our concern for the communities we live in is not just a feel good saying. The board of directors and employees of Southwest live it by taking action and giving back. The Sharing Success program is a great example of that."

CoBank is a cooperative owned by their borrowers and a mission-based lender focused on agriculture and rural infrastructure businesses in rural America. SWEC, headquartered in Bolivar, serves more than 41,000 services throughout 11 counties in southwest Missouri.

The very nature of a cooperative lends itself to working with one's neighbors for the common good. SWEC is proud to live out that principle through the Sharing Success program and give back to our communities.

This is the fourth year of the Sharing Success partnership between CoBank and SWEC.

To learn more about the resources and services available through your local county MU Extension office visit

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Source: Ted Zeugin, 417-326-5244

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