Meet our 2018 Youth Tour Winners

NICOLE WILKEN, SLATER HEGLIN, CINDY NOLASCO-RIOS and REBECCA JOHNSON were selected to represent Pioneer Electric at this year’s Youth Tour experiences. These students will be joining other representatives from across the state and country on two all-expense-paid trips in June and July.

Wilken and Heglin, both from Ulysses, will be traveling to Washington, D.C., as part of the 2018 Electric Cooperative Youth Tour. The pair will join delegates from Kansas and Hawaii as they tour the capitol, visit museums and take a dance cruise on the Potomac River.

Rios and Johnson will be heading to Steamboat Springs, Colorado, for the 2018 Cooperative Youth Leadership Camp. Besides learning about the cooperative world and working on leadership skills, the two will take part in adventures like white water rafting, touring a coal mine and visiting the Craig Generation Plant.

“Pioneer Electric is proud to support the Youth Tour and Youth Leadership Camp and to provide this opportunity for our students,” said Drew Waechter, Youth Tour Coordinator. “Our hope is that these students will gain leadership skills and see the importance of community involvement.”
For additional information, contact Drew Waechter at

Kris Wagner Represents Cooperative at 2018 NRECA Annual Meeting

From Feb. 24 through 28, Youth Tour alumnus KRIS WAGNER ,Satanta High School, served as the Kansas Youth Leadership Council representative at the NRECA Annual Meeting in Nashville, Tennessee from February 24 through 28. Fourty-four Youth Leadership Council (YLC) members appeared together carrying their state flags during the traditional parade of the states at the beginning of the first general session. Throughout the event, these students gained hands-on experience with by participating in every facet of the meeting. The students helped board members communicate with their legislators at the Co-ops Vote booth, served as pages during the business session, and provided assistance during the educational forums.

“The theme for the NRECA Annual Meeting was, Leading The Energy Future, and this theme couldn’t have been better directed at the youth of the convention,” said Wagner. “Cooperatives are doing great things by sponsoring kids on life-changing experiences like the Youth Tour in Washington, D.C., and the Cooperative Youth Leadership Camp in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, where kids connect with other youth and see how our nation’s government works. These trips, as well as scholarships, are a direct investment in our youth as we will grow and become local, national, and global leaders. We are the future of this industry.”

Wagner and his fellow YLC delegates helped pack over 10,000 pounds of food at the Second Harvest Food Bank. Photo provided by Kansas Electric Cooperatives.

The YLC members were selected from more than 1,800 state delegates during the Electric Cooperative Youth Tour in 2017, in part for their speaking and writing abilities. Sponsored on Youth Tour by Southern Pioneer Electric (a subsidiary of Pioneer Electric), Wagner was selected by his peers as
an alternate to the YLC. Wagner was able to attend when Butler Electric Cooperative’s youth, Ben Black, who had been originally elected as the Kansas YLC, had another commitment.

“If there’s one thing I’ve learned from my opportunity as a member of YLC, it’s that the next generation is fi lled with amazing individuals who are already serving as leaders,” Wagner said. “Thank you to the cooperatives for trusting us with the honor to serve on the YLC.”

In addition to their work at the NRECA Annual Meeting, the YLC students also volunteered their time at Nashville’s Second Harvest food bank. The youth packed 10,171 pounds of food, which equates to approximately 8,476 meals.

Join Us for Our 2018 Annual Meeting and Free Health Fair

Pioneer Electric's Annual Meeting Ad. Picture shows a banner with 74th Annual Meeting, March 17,2018

Pioneer Electric would like to invite our area communities to join us in celebrating 74 years of serving southwest Kansas. The Pioneer Electric Annual Meeting and Free Health Fair will be held on March 17 at the Grant County Civic Center (1000 W. Patterson Ave., Ulysses).

Free Health Fair and Lunch

Attend the Health Fair, hosted by Pioneer Electric in partnership with Pioneer Communications, for a free blood profile test and meet with healthcare professionals from southwest Kansas. The health fair is not limited to members of Pioneer Electric and is open to all who wish to attend. Doors will open at 7 a.m., sharp!

A free blood chemistry profile test will be available to health fair attendees. Profiles will provide information about your general state of health including information regarding cholesterol/lipids, liver functions, kidney functions, electrolytes, nutrition, iron, white blood cell count and red blood cell count.
Those interested in utilizing this service may use the following tips to ensure the best experience:

DO drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration.
DO continue taking any prescribed medication (unless directed by a doctor).
DO contact the provided contact regarding your test results.
DO go through your morning hygiene routine. Activities like brushing teeth and bathing will not affect results.
DO ensure that you get plenty of sleep the night before the health fair.
DO try to fast 8-12 hours before getting blood drawn.
DO use your full name and proper mailing address on all registration forms.

Individuals may choose to purchase additional tests for Hemoglobin (A1c), Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) and Thyroid (TSH). These tests are available at $8 each and can be purchased with cash or check (checks payable to Pioneer Electric Cooperative).

Test results will be mailed to the address listed on the registration form. Incorrect information may result in a delay of receiving your results. Pioneer Electric and Pioneer Communications will NOT have access to any test results. All results will come from Pathology Associates Medical Laboratories (PAML) in Spokane, WA. A contact number for PAML will be provided to individuals seeking assistance. Phlebotomists will be performing blood draws until 11:30 a.m. At that time, lines will begin forming for lunch. Lunch will be served from noon to 1 p.m.

74th Annual Meeting

Registration for the Annual Meeting will begin at 11:30 a.m. and the meeting will begin at 1 p.m. Registered members will receive a ballot for the election of board members along with a complimentary attendance prize. Please note, only members whose names are tied to an account can register at the Annual Meeting. If an account is under the name of a spouse or someone else you will be unable to vote (unless designated by proxy) or participate in official business during the meeting. However, the meeting is open to all.

At this year’s meeting, Pioneer Electric staff will discuss reconstruction from the April 2017 snowstorm, generation and transmission capital credits, results of the 2017 customer satisfaction survey, solar energy and more.

Members will have the opportunity to participate in the election of board members. Those elected will serve a three-year term on the Pioneer Electric Board of Trustees as a representative of their district. Up for election in 2018 are: District 3 (Perry Rubart, Incumbent and Gary Boldt, Nominee); District 4 (Alfred Alexander, Incumbent and Nicki McLain, Nominee) and District 8 (John Jury, Incumbent and Mark Wickwar, Nominee).
It wouldn’t be an Annual Meeting without a bit of fun thrown in the mix. Guests will be able to win one of many great door prizes, meet and congratulate winners of our youth programs and more! Additional information, (including a sneak peek at some of this year’s prizes) will be posted on Pioneer Electric’s Facebook page as we approach the date of the meeting!