Pioneer Electric Recognizes 2020 Youth Tour Recipients

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

Member Appreciation is Coming Up Soon!

We’re just a few days away from Pioneer Electric’s Member Appreciation Celebration!

Capital credit checks will be available to members during the co-op’s Member Appreciation Celebration on Dec. 5. The event is to be held at the Grant County Civic Center (1000 W. Patterson Ave.) from 4 to 9 p.m. and will include a free chili feed. Attendees can also enjoy the opportunity to walk through the event’s “winter wonderland,” take photos with Santa and pet live reindeer. Checks not picked up at the event will be mailed on Dec. 6.

Pioneer Electric provides H.U.G.S. Grant to Grant County Civic Center

Nov. 21, 2019 – Members of Pioneer Electric’s Helping Us Give to Society (H.U.G.S.) team surprised staff of the Grant County Civic Center with $500 to help purchase agility flooring for the 4-H dog program. The flooring will be used to better accommodate exhibitors and dogs, participating in the program’s agility course.

“The course keeps evolving and was really needing proper agility flooring,” said Mari Honstead, general manager for the Grant County Civic Center. “Pioneer Electric had assisted us in the past in purchasing some rolled floor mats. However, these mats are difficult to form into the sharp turns and crossovers that the exhibitors use in the agility program. New flooring will help us ensure that we don’t have any accidental trips or falls and keep the course safe for not just the exhibitors but their dogs too.”

The H.U.G.S.  team meets quarterly to assess applications for the grant program. The grant is generated by funds received from recycled scrap materials of the cooperative. The application was approved during the team’s fall meeting and arrangements were then made to congratulate the Grant County Civic Center.

“Safety is in an important piece of Pioneer’s culture and we are happy to assist the Grant County Civic Center’s efforts to provide a safe course for those in the program.” said Anita Wendt, H.U.G.S. team member and vice president of energy services for Pioneer Electric. “Our hope is that this new flooring will provide a safe experience for participants and allow them to better demonstrate their skills.”

Honstead and Civic Center Staff hope to have the new flooring available to 4-her’s by the 2020 fair season.