The Pioneer Electric Annual Meeting and Free Health Fair (hosted in partnership with Pioneer Communications) will be held on March 14 at the Grant County Civic Center (1000 W. Patterson Ave., Ulysses).
Doors will open to the Grant County Civic Center at 7 a.m. and attendants can enjoy a free blood chemistry profile test and meet with local health service providers.
“The chemistry profile tests 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,” said Drew Waechter, Pioneer Electric communications coordinator. “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. Those paying with checks will need to have them made payable to Pioneer Electric.”
Phlebotomists will be performing blood draws until 11:30 a.m., at which lines will begin closing. Tests will be processed by CoreMedica and will be mailed to participants following the health fair. Contact information will be provided to those that opt in for testing as Pioneer Electric and Pioneer Communications will not receive or distribute any test results.
In addition to the health fair, both cooperatives will hold their annual membership meetings. Meetings will be held in the South Room of the Civic Center with Pioneer Communications’ starting at 10:30 am and Pioneer Electric’s starting at 1 pm. Pioneer Electric staff will be providing updates to members regarding safety, advanced metering, power generation and more. Members will also be voting in elections for board nominations and on proposed amendments to the cooperative’s bylaws. Up for election are: District 1: Steve Arnold (nominee) and David Walker (nominee); District 2: Mike Brewer (incumbent) and James Wilson (nominee) and District 7: Martie Floyd (incumbent) and Jerrod L. Daniels (nominee). The event will then conclude with prize drawings.
Pursuant to K.S.A 66-117(f), Pioneer Electric Cooperative, Inc.’s (“Pioneer Electric”) Board of Trustees (“Board”) approved recovery of additional property taxes assessed to and paid by Pioneer Electric, which are currently not recovered in the Board-approved electric rates currently charged to and paid by customers.
Pioneer Electric reports that the cost per kilowatt hour (“kWh”) to be recovered from retail ratepayers for 2020 will be $0.00073, which is up from the 2019 cost of $0.00055 per kWh. Pioneer Electric will recover the additional property taxes during the period of February 1, 2020 through January 31, 2021. Billing statements issued on or after February 1, 2020 will reflect a small increase to the Property Tax Recovery Charge, which is itemized separately on each applicable customer’s billing statement. For more information on the Property Tax Recovery Charge, contact Pioneer Electric at 620-356-1211 or 1-800-794-9302.
From 26 applicants to four delegates, Pioneer Electric congratulated four area high school students for their success in 2020’s Youth Tour program. Audra Langley (Rolla) and Ashley Kennedy (Moscow) will represent the cooperative during the Electric Cooperative Youth Tour in Washington, D.C., in June of 2020. Daniela Rodriguez (Stanton County) and Becca Rock (Ulysses) will attend the Cooperative Youth Leadership Camp, in July of 2020.
“Youth Tour is a program near and dear to the cooperative, and represents the bright future these young students will help shape,” said Drew Waechter, program coordinator and communications coordinator for Pioneer. “Pioneer’s goal is to help the youth attending this experience the power of people coming together and expressing their desires to better the lives of their neighbors and communities. Community is the soul of the cooperative. It is what sets us apart as a utility and business.”
The Electric Cooperative Youth Tour in Washington, D.C., covers the power of democratic control and civic engagement. Students have opportunities to meet with legislators, tour historical monuments and view the history that has shaped our country.
“We want students to start asking those questions of ‘What can I do?’ and ‘How can we change for the better?’ and ignite an interest in engaging with their communities,” said Waechter.
Digital applications opened last fall to area sophomores and juniors. These applications were then reviewed by a panel of judges from outside of the cooperative. Judges narrowed down the pool of applicants to 20 finalists and each was interviewed. Winning students were then surprised by cooperative employees following the interviews and congratulated for a job well done.
“This is always one of my favorite parts of the program,” said Waechter. “Some of these students have never interviewed with a panel so we want to be sure they get the credit they deserve. For us, it’s a point in which we can formally welcome them into our cooperative family and begin working together to start this new journey.”
Questions regarding either trip, the judging process and requests for details regarding 2021’s program may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.