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25th Contractor Conference Promotes Energy Efficiency

IOWA’S TOUCHSTONE ENERGY COOPERATIVES celebrated the 25th annual “Momentum Is Building” conference Feb. 8–9 at the Sheraton West Des Moines hotel.

Winter Storm Preparedness

With inclement weather approaching - follow these steps to ensure you're prepared.

HAPPY NEW YEAR - Offices Closed

The Employees and Board of Directors of Southwest Iowa REC would like to wish all a safe, healthy, and prosperous New Year!  Our offices will be closed Monday, January 2, 2017 in observance of New Year's Day.

In Remembrance – Richard D. “Rich” Fast

Richard Fast, age 59, of Villisca, Iowa, passed away Friday, December 9, 2016 at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska.

Rich served on the REC Board of Directors for the past 10 years.  Along with serving as Director for District 6, Rich also served as President of the cooperative for one year.  Rich helped guide and direct us through the many changes we have encountered in our industry.

Rich will be missed by all who knew him and our prayers go out to his entire family at this difficult time.

Southwest Iowa REC Youth Tour Program

As part of our commitment to community, Southwest Iowa REC is excited to offer the NRECA’s Washington, D.C. Youth Tour trip to area high school students. Interested students will compete for the opportunity to be selected by their local electric cooperative.  Southwest Iowa REC will choose a high school junior from the qualified applicants. Among other criteria, this high school student must have parents or guardians that are members of the cooperative. The contest is for an all-expense-paid trip to our nation's capital. 

Cooperative Leaders Meet With Representatives

Representatives from Southwest Iowa REC (Corning/Mt Ayr/Stanton), Clarke Electric (Osceola), Farmers Electric (Greenfield) and Guthrie County REC (Guthrie Center) hosted a Legislative Meeting in Creston on November 28, 2016.  Representatives Cecil Dolecheck, David Sieck, Tom Moore and Senator Tom Shipley met with about 30 attendees from these area Cooperatives.

Happy Thanksgiving! OFFICES CLOSED

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!  Our offices will be closed Thursday, November 24th & Friday, November 25th.

We hope you have a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving!

Board Approves Changes in Estate Patronage Refund Policy

Historically, Southwest Iowa REC has paid deferred patronage dividends to the estate of a deceased member at 100% face value when applied for.  These refunds have been paid out of the normal rotation cycle.  Other members have had to wait for a general patronage retirement to be approved by the Board of Directors to get their refund.  The normal general patronage retirement cycle is around 20 years but we have been on a 16 year cycle in recent history.  Best practice for our industry is, if an electric cooperative chooses to make special retirements, such as retirements

Iowa's Electric Co-ops Advocate at the Nation's Capital

Iowa’s not-for-profit electric cooperatives have returned from a successful trip to the nation’s capital. While in D.C., advocates met with Iowa’s congressional delegation on issues impacting their ability to provide reliable and affordable power.

The purpose of the trip is to ensure Iowa’s elected officials are fully aware of the thoughts and concerns of their constituents who are served by not-for-profit electric cooperatives.

Southwest Iowa REC Helps Build Stronger Rural Economy

Southwest Iowa REC is joining with 30,000 other cooperatives nationwide in October to celebrate National Cooperative Month, which recognizes the many ways cooperatives help to build stronger communities and a stronger economy. “Cooperatives Build” is the theme for this year’s celebration, spotlighting the many advantages cooperatives offer to their members and the communities in which they live and work. Nationwide, cooperatives create 2.1 million jobs and generate more than $650 billion in sales and other revenue annually.

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