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Five tips for space heater safety

By April Lollar. April writes on consumer and cooperative affairs for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, the Arlington, Va.-based service organization for the nation’s 900-plus consumer-owned, not-for-profit electric cooperatives.     

Together We Serve & Together We Save Food Drive

   Bring a non-perishable food item to our office December 1st through the 19th and we’ll donate it to the Menard County Food Pantry; in return we’ll give you a gift. (while supplies last, limit one per membership--Note: LED Christmas light strands are limited in quantity).

Letter to Members: General Manager Search

To: Our Employees and Members

From: Menard Electric Cooperative, Inc. Board of Directors

In preparation of the current General Manager’s planned retirement, the MEC Board has contracted with NRECA’s Executive Search Department to facilitate the search process. We encourage qualified candidates to apply for the position.  Please direct any and all inquiries to:

Ken Holmes

NRECA Executive Search

executivesearch@nreca.coop

785-201-2148

Energy Efficiency for Renters

How renters can fight the winter chill

By Abby Berry

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 33 percent of Americans lease their homes. Unfortunately, many lease agreements forbid major alterations to rental properties. But don’t worry, renters! Consider using these low-cost, energy-efficient tips to improve the efficiency of your home this winter.

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Jay Frye Earns Board Leadership Certificate

Menard Electric Director Jay Frye has successfully completed the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) Board Leadership Certification Program.

The program recognizes individuals who continue their professional development after becoming a Credentialed Cooperative Director with 10 additional credits in advanced, issue-oriented courses.

Energy Vampires Are Lurking in Your Home

Vampires are lurking in your home right now. Really, they are. But you can throw down your wooden stake and put away the garlic-it’s not what you think. These vampires can be vanquished with a quick flick of your wrist.

We’re talking about vampire electronics (as we call them)-devices in your home that lurk in the shadows, often undetected, but that continue to suck power long after the rest of the household is asleep.

Team Competes in Lineman Safety Rodeo

The Menard Electric Cooperative team of (from left in photo) Lineman Nick Schachtsiek, Apprentice Lineman Stormy Hild, Leadman Jeremy Willis and Apprentice Lineman Gary Wagner competed in the 17th annual Lineman’s Safety Rodeo sponsored by the Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives on Friday, Oct. 3.

During the individual competition, Gary Wagner received first place in the Bucket Truck Obstacle Course.

October is National Cooperative Month

We are celebrating October as National Cooperative Month! Do you want to learn more about electric cooperatives and Menard Electric? Here are some links to places on our website and others that will tell you more about what makes us unique!

Scholarships-College & Lineworker School

Attention High School Seniors

$1,500 Scholarships Available

 

Thomas H. Moore Illinois Electric Cooperatives Memorial Scholarship Program

Deadline: December 31, 2014

5 scholarships -- for children of IL electric co-op members

3 scholarships -- for children of IL electric co-op members, employees or directors who are enrolling full-time at an IL community college

1 scholarship -- for a child of an IL electric co-op employee or director

Draft Dodgers

Draft dodgers: Weather stripping your home

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