Category Archives: Indiana Co-op News
(December 26, 2012) ANGOLA- While Steuben County residents spent their pre-holiday weekend warm and cozy, enjoying the glow of their Christmas lights, a few Steuben County REMC linemen decided that they would sacrifice this time in order to deliver a happy holiday to those in need. A severe snow storm swept much of Michigan over the weekend, leaving thousands without power. A cry for help reached Indiana Statewide Association of Rural Electric Cooperatives (ISA), who then reached out to Steuben County REMC. A crew of two linemen, Terry Dowell and Rod Allen, packed up their tools and headed north on Saturday, December 22, braving the snow and ice that lay ahead.
Indiana’s rural electric cooperatives’ international project – Hoosiers Power the World – has been selected as the recipient of the 2012 Cooperator Community Service Award by the Indiana Cooperative Development Center (ICDC). The project and the volunteers who made it possible will be honored on November 9 during a luncheon at the 2012 Indiana Cooperative Summit in downtown Indianapolis.
Emily Howard has joined Marshall County REMC as the Communications Specialist. Emily, a Marshall County native, recently graduated from Ball State University where she studied public relations and communications. While attending college, Emily worked at the Ball State Daily News as a sales representative before working her way up to the marketing assistant. Emily’s responsibilities at Marshall County REMC will include member communications and public relations including the annual meeting, the 4-H program, newsletters, advertising and social media.
Indianapolis, Ind. – The Indiana Statewide Association of Rural Electric Cooperatives (ISA) today kicked-off a grassroots effort to empower and promote greater civic participation by educating rural electric cooperative employees and consumer-owners about the importance of voting. The Get Out the Vote campaign helps eligible residents to participate in the upcoming election through an online resource – www. IndianaVoters.com. Visitors to the site can register to vote, obtain an absentee ballot, find their polling place, as well as preview a sample ballot.
The latest update from Randy Price, Carroll White REMC CEO, in Hoja Blanco, Guatemala: Day 8 Prayer and briefing for the day. Our day was spent at the highest and most remote spot that we’ve worked yet. We put up another several thousand feet of wire and hung a transformer. The local’s agility on these mountains is impressive. When four of them carried a transformer across and up the slope they went so fast that us flat landers had to work hard to keep up.
Anecdotes from Randy Price, CEO of Carroll White REMC: Spaghetti and hot dogs for breakfast. Who said it has to be eggs or cereal. Each day we get to work with new people because the community is passing around the chance to everyone. That has made it fun getting to know so many of the people we’re there to help. Most of the morning we hooked up 15 service drops. The view was something from a National Geographic magazine. From any location you could see almost all of our crew working. Some on the ground and as many as six on poles. The teamwork was awesome. In the afternoon, we traveled to the next primary span that is the first of two long spans, 600′ and 1,200′. The locals amaze us how they are able to improvise with so little. Watching them load a truck with a spool of ACSR wire … Continue reading
Here’s a sneak peek of the PBS documentary – Power to the People – coming in February 2013. Click here to view.
The latest update from Randy Price, Carroll White REMC CEO, currently working alongside crews in the mountain region of Hoja Blanco, Guatemala: Today we start off with prayer and pick up right were left off on Monday. Every foot of wire that was pulled out Monday was pulled to sag and several men spent a lot of time in their hooks. Another 10,000 plus feet of wire was pulled out today. Wow, the work ethic and passion the men have for their work cannot be compared to any other profession. Adapting is critical since so much is unfamiliar to us in this terrain. Tonight we had electricity long enough to eat supper but afterwards the entire area lost power. Totally “eye opening” taking showers in cold mountain water in the dark! The evening was closed with good conversation on the roof with a salute of the mountains all around us … Continue reading
From Kankakee Valley REMC CEO Dennis Weiss: We are ready to head home. The guys are tired, but excited to head home to their families. Materials were loaded and sent to third village. Emotions are starting to show up. All the guys have made some special friends here and we will miss these people. Thursday, the crews will head to Antigua for some much needed rest after 12 days of non-stop work. They will enjoy a little sightseeing before heading to Guatemala City and the flight home on Saturday. Crew #1 will arrive in Indy around 11:00 PM Saturday night. Carroll White CEO Randy Price will lead Crew #2 when they depart Indianapolis on September 1 at 7:00 AM. This crew is anxious to hit the mountain and begin work on the next phase of the project in a village located near the top of the mountain. This village … 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.