October means that fall is in full swing with the weather cooling, leaves changing colors, and pumpkins being set out and carved in preparation for Halloween. Speaking of pumpkins, be sure to check out all the amazing recipes included in an expanded two-page spread in this issue on how to best use that vegetable. Or is it a fruit? (You may need to Google that one.)
Our overall theme for this issue is awareness, which includes an article on driver safety awareness and sharing the road with agricultural vehicles this fall season.
Our cover story also brings awareness of a museum that showcases the history of an all-Black school that existed in Southside Virginia from 1903-1969.
We also get to recognize cooperatives all around the country as October is National Cooperative Month. This gives us an opportunity to celebrate this incredible business model that focuses on serving our member-owners. What a blessing it is to be part of an organization founded on providing services and programs in the best interest of our members and local communities.
One of the benefits of being a big part of our local communities is that we also get to recognize local people who have made a big difference behind the scenes. Please read about Northern Neck resident Rosa Forrester, who was the recipient of our 2023 Unsung Virginian Award.
I am honored to be part of the cooperative family and work with all 16 of our member electric cooperatives over our three-state area, which represents over 800,000 members.
Brian S. Mosier, President & CEO
Virginia, Maryland & Delaware Association of Electric Cooperatives