H.U.G.S. and Sharing Success Grants Awarded to Grant County Organizations through Grant County Gives Program

H.U.G.S. team presents check to representatives from Connect Ulysses

On December 3, Pioneer Electric and CoBank awarded grants to Connect Ulysses ($2,000), Tigers in Action ($500) and the Grant County Extension ($500). The grants come as a part of Pioneer Electric’s H.U.G.S. (Helping Us Give to Society) and CoBank’s (a cooperative bank serving agribusinesses, rural infrastructure providers and Farm Credit associations throughout the United States and Pioneer Electric’s main lender) Sharing Success programs.

“Commitment to community is a principle of Pioneer Electric and it is our honor to be able to assist those looking to improve the communities we serve,” said Anita Wendt, vice president of energy services and H.U.G.S. member.

“Cooperatives are special; they focus on the importance of working together. It’s exciting to be able to partner with CoBank and provide opportunities like these and we cannot wait to see how these projects will assist those in Grant County.”

Connect Ulysses received $1,000 from both H.U.G.S. and CoBank. The funds will be used in the installation of new sidewalks in various parts of Ulysses.

“The funds donated from through H.U.G.S was used renovations on Joyce Street,” said Erica Oglevie, Connect Ulysses chairperson.

“Depending on other grants, the money provided by CoBank will be used in one of two other projects.”

Grant County Extension along with Tigers in Action both received $500 from CoBank through the Grant County Gives program. The grants will be used to assist with various projects in 2019.

Headquartered in Ulysses, Kansas, Pioneer Electric is a distribution cooperative owned and controlled by its members. Pioneer Electric serves approximately 15,900 retail electric meters across 10 counties in southwestern Kansas. The system is made up of more than 117 miles of transmission line, 3,600 miles of distribution line and 21 substations. All of Pioneer Electric’s electricity is generated in Holcomb, Kansas by Sunflower Electric Power Corporation, which is owned by Pioneer Electric and five other Kansas electric co-ops. Pioneer Electric is a Touchstone Energy Cooperative. For more information regarding the H.U.G.S. program and for information regarding applications, visit pioneerelectric.coop.

Hard Hats Off to Our 2018 Service Award Recipient

2018 Service Award Recipients

In December, Pioneer Electric proudly recognized the efforts of employees and their years of service to the cooperative. In 2018, seven of Pioneer’s employees and three board members reached milestone achievements for their years of service.
For years, the cooperative has chosen to recognize the continuous service of employees and board members. This is traditionally done each December, giving employees’ family and friends the opportunity to join in on the celebration.
“Thank you for being part of our work family,” said Melissa Morales, manager of human resources and a 2018 service award honoree. “We wouldn’t be where we are today without the wonderful group of people we have at Pioneer Electric. Thank you for all the years of dedication and hard work!”

5 Years:
Zane May, Journeyman Lineman
Charles Milburn, Board Member
John Ledesma, Staking Technician
Cord Teeter, Journeyman Lineman

6 Years:
John Jury, Board Member

10 Years:
Melissa Morales, Manager of HR
David Romero, Building Technician

15 Years:
Greg Davis, Senior System Administrator

20 Years:
Fred Claassen, Board Member

30 Years:
Henry Buczynski, Work Order Clerk



Pioneer Electric has implemented some changes regarding transcripts needed to complete our Scholarship program application. We will not require that students include their fall 2018 grades in their transcripts. We have notified our area schools regarding the change and ask that if anyone has questions to please refer to our scholarship page.

Applications for our Scholarship program are due on Jan. 8, 2019. Applications received after this point will not be considered.