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July 2019 Clarke REC Headlines

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The Cooperative Difference: Your Nominating Committee
Clarke Electric is grateful to its members who volunteer to serve on the annual Nominating Committee. These individuals help develop the slate of candidates that will appear on the ballot at the annual meeting in September. 

New Team Member at Clarke Electric
Please join us as we welcome Andrew Davis as a summer intern working for the line crew. Andrew grew up on a farm north of Murray and graduated from Murray Community High School in May. 

See You at the Annual Meeting by Dave Opie, General Manager
Most of us lead busy lives. And with so many pressing obligations, we like to protect our spare time. Invitations to attend in-person meetings are weighed carefully as we decide whether our time and effort is worth it. The answer to the question, "what's in it for me?" must be compelling. You may think attending Clarke Electric's annual meeting would be easy to lump into the "no benefit to me" category, but I'd ask you to think again. 

Community Invested: Smith Returns from Youth Tour 2019 
The 2019 National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) Youth Tour was a whirlwind event for Jamie Smith of New Virginia. In April, Smith was selected to attend the tour as one of 38 high school students representing Iowa's locally-owned electric cooperatives travelling to Washington, D.C. And she was among 1,900 other students from across the nation who participated in the event June 14-20. 

2018 Central Iowa Power Cooperative Power Supply Report by Randy Rouse, CIPCO Board of Directors
2018 was a year of breaking new ground for CIPCO. I believe CIPCO is well-positioned to serve its members now and well into the future. I'm privileged to serve as your representative on both the local Clarke Electric board of directors and the CIPCO board of Directors.

Safety Driven: Stay Back and Stay Safe
Working with electricity can be a dangerous job, especially for Clarke Electric Cooperative lineworkers. In fact, USA Today lists line repairers and installers among the most dangerous jobs in the U.S. 

Operations Update by Chad McIntosh
Approximately 126 Clarke Electric Cooperative members near U.S. Highway 69 and R59 were without power briefly June 13 when one of the cooperative's poles caught fire. The fire was the result of a failed insulator on a three-phase switch. The switch allows the cooperative to isolate a problem and restore power prior to making a lengthy repair. 


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