Inside this month you will find the 2019 Annual Meeting Minutes, 2019 Financial Reports, Karen Friedman – CFO Retires after 36 years, P&P Wildlife Art Studio and Galleries and more.
Inside you will find stories on: MainStreet Messenger Program Celebrates 20 Years, District Meeting Time, Trip of a Lifetime for Sophomore & Juniors, Business Showcase and more
The following members or former members of Oconto Electric Cooperative, 7479 REA Road, Oconto Falls, WI 54154, have unclaimed capital credit money at the cooperative. If this money is not claimed by January 30, 2020, the money shall be forfeited to the Oconto Electric Education Fund and will be used for scholarships or other charitable purposes as designated be the cooperative board of directors. The listing of names with last known addresses can be found by clicking here.
To claim this money, call Oconto Electric Cooperative at 800-472-8410 during regular business hours. The co-op will require some form of identity verification.
Inside the November pages you’ll find the following stories, Giving Thanks by Giving Back, Community Change – 20 Years of Charitable Giving, Building Art and Soul, LLC, and more.
It’s the trip of a lifetime for sons and daughters of co-op members.
NRECA Youth Tour of Washington, D.C.
June 19-25, 2020
Oconto Electric is pleased to choose one delegate to represent our local co-op at the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) Youth Tour in Washington, D.C. The trip is hosted by NRECA and all expenses are paid by Oconto Electric, according to our cooperative principles to support youth and community.
Any current high school sophomore or junior whose parent or guardian is a residential member of Oconto Electric Cooperative is eligible. (Residential is defined as having the primary residence within OEC’s service territory.)
Applications must be submitted on or before January 3, 2020. Applications received after January 3, 2020 will not be considered.
Government-in-Action Youth Tour
Visiting a place like Washington, D.C., might sound like a far-away dream for high school students who grow up in rural Wisconsin. But every year, several cooperative students are given the opportunity to travel to the capital for an intensive weeklong tour—and it doesn’t cost them a dime.
In June, the Wisconsin Government-in-Action Youth Tour, sponsored by the state’s rural electric cooperatives in conjunction with the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, sends select students on an all-expense-paid trip to the nation’s capital. In Washington, tour participants get to see with their own eyes, sights many have only experienced in history books or on television.
In addition to visiting monuments, museums, and historical sites that would be part of any standard tour, the students also fulfill the goal of then U.S. Sen. Lyndon Johnson, who inspired the Youth Tour in 1957, for young people to “actually see what the flag stands for and represents.”
Tour participants get to meet their Members of Congress, hear inspirational speakers, and interact with other Youth Tour participants from across the country. Additionally, Wisconsin students have the chance to witness in the wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery, see the Sunset Parade at the Iwo Jima War Memorial, and tour the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives chambers.
During the intense week on the go—traveling, eating and touring together—many of the Youth Tour participants form fast friendships that continue after they return home. Inspired by their trip, many Youth Tour alumni have gone on to become co-op leaders or perform other public service. Ask almost any of the alumni about their experience, and they will describe it as “the trip of a lifetime.”
Electric Co-op Employees distribute $17,000
Oconto Falls, WI; October 4, 2019 –October is National Cooperative Month, what a great time for Oconto Electric Cooperative (OEC) employees to demonstrate Co-op principle number seven: commitment to community.
OEC employees worked all year to raise $9,500. CoBank, one of the co-op’s lenders, also donated $7,500 as part of its Sharing Success Matching Grant program.
Employees were able to present $8,500 to Oconto Falls Law Enforcement. They recently obtained an armored vehicle through the US Military at no cost. The armored vehicle is being funded strictly through fundraising and grants, at no cost to the local tax payers. The plan is that all local departments can utilize the armored vehicle as a rescue vehicle in the event that there is a victim or downed officer. At this time, there is no such vehicle in Oconto County. If there is a situation, they currently depend on Marinette or Brown County for assistance.
Oconto County Commission on Aging, Inc. also received $8,500. They have been operating their Oconto County Elderly Nutrition Program (Meals on Wheels) since 1980. Good nutrition is critical to good health. Poor nutrition is the greatest threat to an older adult’s independence. This program is funded by state and federal grants and contributions from participants. The funds they were given are going towards a new delivery van.
Since 2004, OEC employees have awarded $113,000 to charities and organizations.