Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Jason and I just got back from a "week-inning" (not a weekend) in Orange Beach, Alabama. Completely paid for by our dear, beloved Southern Pine Electric Cooperative. We were more than happy to accept the invitation to the 32nd annual Alabama Co-op Couples Conference. Around 37 couples from all over the state attended, representing various co-ops. We had a few meetings during the days, free time in the afternoons, entertainment in the evenings, an optional dolphin cruise, optional golf, great meals and great drinks. Jason and I just couldn't believe it the whole time. We even won some nice cash from having our names drawn to play a slightly-less-than-cripplingly-embarrassing Newlywed Game. We were sent home with a goody bag with some extremely awesome stuff in it--as in not just a pen and a chintzy plastic travel mug. We really enjoyed the whole time, but in quiet moments, our thrifty Mennonite minds sort of scratched their heads, thinking what a colossal waste of money. But then again, are there any Mennonites in the marketing business? Which is what the time was, in effect. Just plain old advertising, aimed very specifically at people who are likely to benefit them the most. And it works--co-operatives are winning my loyalty and I will be promoting them however I can. So buy Bonnie Plants for your garden, everyone!