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January 2018 Clarke REC Headlines

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IN THIS ISSUE: 

2017 Service Awards
Each year, Clarke Electric recognizes the commitment its employees make to serving your cooperative and you, our members, during the annual service awards banquet. This year, two employees received awards: Construction Foreman Cory Dommer was recognized for 15 years on the job and Billing Clerk Stephanie Moore with two years. Board members Larry Jackson and Bill Willis were also recognized for nine years of service each. 

The Cooperative Difference: Grassroots Efforts are Vital to Cooperatives
Representatives from Clarke Electric, Farmers Electric (Greenfield), Southwest Iowa REC (Corning/Mt. Ayr/Stanton) and Guthrie County REC (Guthrie Center) hosted a legislative meeting in Creston Dec. 4. Representatives Cecil Dolecheck, Clel Baudler and Senators Tom Shipley and Amy Sinclair met with about 30 attendees from these area Cooperatives. 

Focused on the Future
Wow! Where did the time go? The new year is here and it's time to put our plans into action. As we focus on the future of your cooperative, our mission remains the same: we are safety driven, energy smart and community invested. Some of our accomplishments and changes that took place in 2017 deserve a recap before we move ahead. 

Board Approves 2018 Business Plan 
The Clarke Electric Board of Directors approved the cooperative's 2018 Business Plan as presented during the December board meeting. Each year, cooperative staff studies, forecasts and predicts members' energy needs, their usage, future weather patterns as well as necessary infrastructure updates to our electric system. All of these components are evaluated to find just the right balance to keep your cooperative in compliance while meeting our member's needs safely and affordably. 

Community Minded: Seeking the Next Generation of Leaders
What do 1,500 high school students, our nation's capital and electric cooperatives have in common? The Electric Cooperative Youth Tour, of course! In March, Clarke Electric will begin the interview process to select local high school juniors to attend Youth Tour 2018. Visit the Youth Tour page for more information. 

Safety Driven: Proactively Providing Safe and Reliable Service by Chad McIntosh
As the manager of Clarke Electric Cooperative Operations Department, I take great pride in providing safe, dependable and reliable service. Each day our linemen are either building new services or working on upgrading the 1,800 miles of infrastructure spanning an eight-county area. Let me tell you - that is no small accomplishment. 

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