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As part of their October, 2012 retreat, the Rural Electric Leaders-in-Training Exchange (RELITE) class had the opportunity to tour Bear Run Coal Mine, operated by Peabody, in Sullivan County. Before beginning the tour, management shared the history of the mine and answered questions about the operations and facility. Attendees were very interested to hear about all of the precautions that are in place to keep workers safe and to maintain efficient operations. They watched in amazement as massive pieces of equipment constantly moved about, scooping, transporting and dumping coal across the 600-plus acres currently being mined. They were able to stand on a platform overlooking the canyon-like area where the mining process was taking place, and even climb into and sit at the wheel of one of the HUGE dump trucks. The tour gave the class of future electric cooperative leaders, a glimpse into how the process of providing electricity … Continue reading
RELITE Retreat #3 - Thursday, August 23rd & Friday, August 24th Tipmont REMC at Battle Ground and Lafayette, Indiana By Kara Baker, Wabash Valley Power Association Forty cooperative employees from across the state gathered in Lafayette, Indiana for two days to tackle yet another retreat for RELITE. This time our Pit Crew made up of Ryan Dant (Hoosier Energy), Kathy Harpek (Kankakee Valley REMC), Greg Filter (Boone REMC), Pam Gardner (Noble REMC), Dave Patterson (UDWI REMC) and Travis Smith (Tipmont REMC) was focusing on how the cooperative philosophy was built on commitment. Specifically, we spent a lot of time talking about our commitment to cooperative members through the use of proper leadership, ethics and technology.
RELITE – Retreat #2 Picking Up the Pace – Hoosier Energy Training Center – June 28th, 2012 This retreat we discussed damaging conflict and how to turn it into Healthy Conflict. We broke the ice with a game . We gathered outside in a circle and said our names aloud. Once we all said our name, we then had to alphabetize ourselves by our first name without speaking or using hand gestures. This created quite a problem, but we did it, with only a couple of us out of order. First of all, we learned the definition of conflict. Why conflict occurs, such as different points of view, lack of clear goals, lack of respect, poor communication. Also discussed outcomes of healthy conflict such as relieves stress and anxiety, creates authentic communication, and builds cooperation. Through this knowledge, we hope to take it back to our cooperatives and apply it to our … Continue reading