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The 7 Cooperative Principles That Guide Us

Every October since 1930, not-for-profit cooperatives of all kinds have recognized National Cooperative Month in October as a way to educate the public about how co-ops work and to appreciate their many members. We want to take this opportunity to highlight the seven cooperative principles that lead electric cooperatives like us to do business in a better way every single day.

No. 1: Voluntary and Open Membership/ No. 2: Democratic Member Control

Safety Accreditation Earned

Menard Electric Cooperatives sets a high standard of safety for our employees and our members. We strive to provide our employees with the tools they need to work as safely as possible. We also seek to educate members in ways to stay safe around electricity as well as performing work such as tree trimming that helps protect all of our members and the general public.

Capital Credits - help us find these inactive members

In May 2015 our Board of Directors authorized a general retirement of capital credits earned in 1991 and a portion of 1992. Members currently receiving service who also had service during that time received a bill credit or check. (Remember, capital credits are the margins we earn that are allocated back to you each year because we are non-profit and member-owned.)

Harvest Safety Tips

  • Use a spotter when operating large machinery near power lines.
  • Use care when raising augers or the bed of grain trucks around power lines. 
  • Keep equipment at least 10 feet from power lines — at all times, in all directions.
  • Inspect the height of farm equipment to determine clearance.
  • Always remember to lower extensions when moving loads.

Warren Goetsch elected Secretary of the AIEC Board

Menard Electric Cooperative Director Warren Goetsch was recently elected for a one-year term as Secretary of the Association of Illinois Electric Cooperative’s (AIEC) Board of Directors during a reorganizational meeting held after the AIEC’s annual meeting of members.

U.S. Rep. Davis Receives Illinois Electric Cooperatives' Public Service Award

Among those presenting the Illinois Electric Cooperatives’ Public Service Award to Rep. Rodney Davis, center, were (left-right): Menard Electric Cooperative Directors Warren Goetsch, Williamsville; Gary Martin, Alexander; Jay Frye, Easton; Jerry Brooks, Oakford; Manager Eric Hobbie; and Director of Member Services Trish Michels.

Highlights of 78th Annual Meeting

See Photos on our Facebook Page here.

More than 350 members, along with their families, participated in Menard Electric Cooperative’s 78th Annual Meeting on June 6. They elected directors, heard reports about the co-op, met the new general manager and enjoyed a pork chop dinner, kids activities, a performance by humorist SusieO, and more.

Annual Meeting of Members to be held June 6

2015 Annual Meeting of Members of Menard Electric Cooperative is Saturday, June 6th at PORTA High School2015 Official Notice

Electrical Safety Month Checklist

You probably only think about the electricity running your home once a month when you open your bill, or when your power is out and you realize how much you miss it! It’s such a part of our lives that it’s easy to forget it can be dangerous if proper safety precautions aren’t taken. Consider these sobering statistics: Electricity is the cause of over 140,000 fires each year, resulting in more than 500 deaths, 4,000 injuries and $1.6 billion in property damage, according to Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI).

Outage in Niantic Area

We are experiencing an outage in the Niantic area due to strong winds that have blown down 5 poles and the power lines.  If you are on map 53 & 54 you are affected by this outage.  Crews have been dispatched but the repairs will take some time.


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