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Be careful: The safe way is the best way

May is Electrical Safety Month. Because safety is discussed so frequently due to its importance, we can sometimes take it for granted. For as long as I can remember, each time I have a conversation with my grandfather we conclude the discussion with him reminding me to “be careful.” I always respond that “I will.” To which he would reiterate that I be “double careful.” I don’t think that I was able to fully grasp what he meant until I became a parent. Now that I am responsible for a workforce in an inherently dangerous field, this has taken on an even greater meaning for me.

Celebrating Earth Day all year

In recognition of Earth Day on April 22, I want to highlight some of the ways Nolin is working to most efficiently use its resources and be good stewards of the environment. We have many employees who share a desire to conserve resources and reduce waste, but a few have gone above and beyond to make sure that we get the most out of our efforts.

The Value of Our Employees

In March, we celebrate Employee Appreciation Day. With that in mind, I want to recognize those who work hard for our members all year.

The value of our members

Todd Drake gives safety demonstration
Energy Services Coordinator Todd Drake presents to fourth graders about electrical safety at G.C. Burkhead Elementary School in Elizabethtown. Photo: Sarah Fellows

New Year, New Beginnings

As we wrap up the holiday season, we close one chapter and another begins. This is my first time writing to you, as I officially assume the position of president and CEO on January 7, when my predecessor Mickey Miller retires. Congratulations Mickey and thanks for your years of service. We wish you well in your future endeavors.

Farewell

This is my last column for the Nolin News. In January, I will be leaving Nolin RECC and 11-year employee Greg Lee will begin as your president and chief executive officer. Greg’s education, experience and leadership will take Nolin to the next level. In the past 45 years, Nolin has accomplished much. In the next 45 years, there will be opportunities to do even more. As Greg leads the cooperative and your employees, I see a tremendous future for a strong Nolin RECC.

Give Thanks for Our Veterans

November is both a month of thanksgiving and a time for recognizing those among us who have put on a uniform in service to our nation. Here at Nolin RECC, we count veterans and active duty military among those for whom we give thanks every day.

Washington Youth Tour Provides Students a Road to Self-Discovery

For many teens, the Rural Electric Youth Tour is full of “firsts.” It may be the first time they left the state, traveled on a chartered bus, visited the nation’s capital or have been away from their family for an extended period of time. Perhaps the most important “firsts” are seeing and experiencing the larger world through their own eyes, rather than through their parents’ perspectives.

A Cost-saving Annual Meeting

Nolin tried something different this year at the annual meeting. We cut back on costs by making some changes to the evening’s events, and we believe the results were positive – both in member satisfaction and financial savings. It was just about this time a year ago the Public Service Commission approved a rate increase for Nolin RECC members, and since then we have implemented several changes to reduce our operating expenses and have tightened our belts to decrease budgets in every department. It just made sense to reduce our annual meeting expenses also.

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