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Kay Electric Announces Youth Tour Winners

McAreavey and Lipsey will represent KEC in Washington, D.C.

Kay Electric Cooperative’s Annual Youth Tour Banquet wrapped up on the evening of March 22.  Area juniors wrote essays about what they see as the biggest challenges that the electric utilities will face in the future and why.  School administrators and faculty, parents, KEC employees and directors listened and learned as the eight finalists presented their essays in speech form.

Trenton McAreavey, Tonkawa High School, and Samantha Lipsey, Garber High School, won top honors for their presentations and earned an all-expense paid trip to Washington D.C. as participants in the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) Youth Tour.  Brett Severin, Garber High School, and Makenna Sterling, Medford High School, won the all-expense paid trip to the Cooperative Youth Leadership Conference in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. 

Winners of cash prizes included Caitlynn Wickham and Emma Dice, Blackwell High School, and Mikey Kane and Aaron Smith, Medford High School. 

The essay contest is open to high school juniors within the KEC service territory.  Third-party judges evaluated the essays on content, originality, grammar, and neatness before choosing the eight finalists.  KEC honored the top writers at the Youth Tour banquet where finalists presented their essays in speech form and answered three questions from the judges.  Judges included Erin Liberton, Eastman National Bank, Traci Thorpe, Pioneer Tech, and Jared Grell, BancFirst.

KEC began sending local high school juniors to Washington D.C. in 1963.

As top winners, McAreavey and Lipsey will also have the opportunity to compete at the state level for the coveted Oklahoma Representative on the NRECA Youth Consulting Board.

While in Colorado, Severin and Sterling will have the chance to be selected as an Oklahoma Ambassador for the multi-state camp.

 

 

Pictured standing from left to right:  Tim Rodriguez, CEO, Mikey Kane-Medford, Aaron Smith- Medford, Brett Severin-Garber, Trenton McAreavey-Tonkawa, and Max Hohmann, President of the Board of Trustee’s.  Seated from left to right: Caitlynn Wickham-Blackwell, Emma Dice- Blackwell, Makenna Sterling-Medford and Samantha Lipsey-Garber. 

 

Local Teens Headed For Energy Camp

Kay Electric selected six local teens to attend YouthPower Energy Camp, May 30 to June 2.  Located near the Oklahoma’s scenic Red Rock Canyon, Energy Camp builds teen leadership skills by teaching campers about cooperatives.  This year, the following teens will represent KEC at Energy Camp: Weston Light, Kayleb Darst and Lukas Steinert, Garber; Amber Watts, Blackwell; Karlie Tucker, Home School; and Kaylee Williams, Shidler

 

 

2016 Third and Fourth Quarter Grants Awarded

The Kay Electric Community Foundation Board met in July and October to review the grant applications submitted for the third and fourth quarter of 2016.  Grants totaling $13,220 for these two quarters have been awarded to nine recipients.  KECF has awarded $26,876 in grants in 2016.

Most Kay Electric Cooperative members participate in K-UP, in which electric bills are rounded up to the nearest dollar.  The amount rounded up can be as little as one cent and is never more than 99 cents a month.  On average, each participating member contributes around $6 a year.

The funds are pooled and administered by the KECF Boards of Directors, which meets quarterly to consider grant applications.  The board consists of President Jared Grell, Vice-President Barbara Regier, Secretary/Treasurer Candy Oller, Director Sue Streller, and Director Rose Mary Hoemann.  There are also three non-voting advisory board members: KEC’s CEO Tim Rodriguez, COO JD Soulek, and Administrative Assistant Cyndi Mitchell.

 


 

The third and fourth quarter grants for 2016 include:  

  • Billings Wheatheart Nutrition Project – Will use the $2,500 KECF grant funds to purchase a new steam table and top.
  • Blackwell Quarterback Club – Will use the $1,000 KECF grant funds to remodel the press box at the Blackwell High School Football field.
  • Edwin Fair Community Mental Health Center – The $1,000 KECF grant will be used for a Therapy Garden.
  • Blackwell High School Colorguard – Will use the $480 grant to purchase new show flags and new Maroon Spirit Flags.
  • Blackwell Youth Football League – Will use the $1,500 KECF grant funds to purchase new equipment.
  • The Billings Historical Society – Will use the $2,500 KECF grant to help repair the museum floor.
  • Blackwell Youth Center – Will use the $150 KECF grant to help replace equipment.
  • Kildare Fire Department – Will use the $2,500 KECF grant funds to purchase seven aluminum air cylinders.
  • Braman Volunteer Fire Department – Will use the $1,590 KECF grant to purchase a saw with extractor blade.

Foundation grants will be awarded primarily to the following projects and organizations: Programs, projects and organizations that are important components of a community’s overall quality of life, with emphasis on public safety, health care, senior citizens affiliated organization and projects, self-sufficiency, and basic human needs.  Educational, youth programs and volunteer fire departments will also be considered for grants.  All applicants need to reside in KEC’s 

 

 

KECF awards 7 applications for 2016 second quarter grants & Celebrates 1 year of giving back   

     The Kay Electric Community Foundation (KECF) celebrates its one-year anniversary the first of August. The inaugural year can be clearly labeled a huge success to northern Oklahoma citizens and organizations. The KECF awarded more than $39,000 to 23 grant recipients these past 12 months.    
     Kay Electric Cooperative members participate in KUP, which power bills are rounded up to the nearest dollar. The amount rounded up can be as little as 1 cent and is never more than 99 cents a month. On average, each participating member contributes around $6 a year. 
     The funds are pooled and administered by the KECF board of directors that meets quarterly to consider grant applications. The board consists of President Jared Grell, Vice-President Barbara Regier, Secretary/Treasurer Candy Oller, Director Sue Streller and Director Rose Mary Hoemann. There are also three non-voting advisory board members: KEC’s CEO Tim Rodriguez, COO JD Soulek and Director of Marketing and Member Services Austin Partida.
     The board met in July to review its seven grant applications. Grants totaling $9,130 will be distributed to seven of the applicants. 2016 second-quarter grants include:

  • Edwin Fair Community Mental Health Center in Ponca City will purchase garden supplies and tools with a $1000 grant from the KECF.
  • Blackwell Quarterback Club is purchasing material to remodel the press box at the football field with a  $1000 grant from the KECF.
  • Blackwell High School Colorguard will purchase new show flags and Maroon Spirit flags with a $480 grant from the KECF.
  • Blackwell Youth Football League will be purchasing helmets, shoulder pads and other items for its youth league with a $1500 grant from the KECF.
  • Billings Wheatheart Nutrition Project will purchase a food-steam table and top with a $2500 grant from the KECF. This groups aid the seniors in feeding and fellowship within the Billings community.
  • The Billings Historical Society will purchase floor materials and labor to remodel the Dr. Renfro Miller Museum with a $2500 grant from the KECF.
  • The Blackwell Youth Center will purchase filing cabinets with a $150 grant from the KECF.

     Foundation grants will be awarded primarily to the following projects and organizations: Programs, projects and organizations that are important components of a community’s overall quality of life, with emphasis on public safety, health care, senior citizens affiliated organization and projects, self-sufficiency, and basic human needs. Educational, youth programs and volunteer fire departments will also be considered for grants.
All projects or organizations need to reside in KEC’s five county service territory: Garfield, Grant, Kay, Noble and Osage Counties.
     Applications for the fourth-quarter grants are due Oct. 3, 2016. Download program details and applications at www.kayelectric.coop.

 

KEC Recognizes Safety - No Loss Time

     Kay Electric Cooperative is committed to delivering safe, reliable, competitively priced services and energy to its member-owners, while being an outstanding community partner. KEC encourages safety first in every aspect of its business operations. It’s imperative for KEC to deliver safe electricity to its members and also key to practice safety in its day-to-day operations.          
     KEC’s outside personnel were recognized for their safety practices focused around no loss time accidents. “We make sure our crews are equipped with the best safety resources available and we provide them with the education they need to be successful in the field,” shared Jimmy Maupin, KEC’s director of operations. Safety has always been and will continue to be KEC’s number one concern for its employees and members. Electricity is very dangerous and can be deadly if safety procedures are not practiced nor followed. “I don’t ever want to make that drive to an employee's home or make a call to a family member and tell them that their husband or dad is not coming home today,” Maupin shared. 
     KEC is one of 27 distribution cooperatives under the guidance of the Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives. OAEC was created by Oklahoma electric cooperatives to perform services that would not be economical or practical for each individual cooperative to perform alone. One the services provided under OAEC’s umbrella is the safety and loss control program. This program offers support and resources to the Oklahoma cooperatives to enhance their safety procedures. “Cooperative employees that are exposed to energized lines and hazardous conditions are one decision away from not going home to their family,” stated Greg Hambrick, OAEC’s safety specialist.
     KEC is proud of their employees for the safety practices. KEC is member-owned and driven and looks forward to many more years of recognizing safety at the cooperative.

 

 

Kay Electric host Annual Youth Tour Banquet

     Kay Electric Cooperative’s Annual Youth Tour Banquet wrapped up on the evening of March 23. This year’s theme “Share a subject in which you are passionate about.” Area juniors took the topic and ran with it. They shared their passion about America’s history, sports, FFA projects, hobbies and other awesome topics.  
     Halie Schovanec of Garber and Joseph Jantzen of Medford, were the big winners. Schovanec and Janzten will receive an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. this summer. Taylor Algrim of Blackwell High School and Dustin Nagel of Garber High School won all-expense-paid trips to the Cooperative Youth Leadership Conference in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Cash prizes were awarded to Celia Roth and Nicholas Glasgow of Tonkawa High School and Chelsea Schuster and Matthew Yunker of Medford High School. “These eight finalists did an amazing job presenting their essays and answering questions from our judges,” stated Austin Partida, KEC’s youth tour coordinator. “I know their parents and teachers were very proud of them as they all represented their schools very well.” 
     The essay contest is open to high school juniors from Blackwell, Braman, Newkirk, Shidler, Deer Creek-Lamont, Ponca City, Garber, Billings, Tonkawa, Frontier and Medford. A third-party judge, who judged the written essays on content, originality, grammar and neatness, chose the eight finalists. The top four boys and four girls with the best essays were invited to attend the Youth Tour Banquet to present the essays in speech form and answer three questions from the judges. Judging the contest were Laurie Wedd of Eastman National Bank, Jared Grell  of Bancfirst and Traci Thorpe with Pioneer Technology Center.      KEC has been sending local high school juniors to Washington, D.C., since 1963. 
     “KEC’s Youth Tour Banquet allows KEC employees, directors, school faculty, parents and most importantly, the students to come together for a special evening,” Partida said. “All of the finalists are a winner, whether it’s the D.C. trip or a cash prize.”
     Schovanec and Jantzen will have the opportunity to compete at the state level for the coveted Oklahoma Representative on the Youth Consulting Board for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association in June. Roth and Nagel will have the chance to be selected as an Oklahoma Ambassador for the multi-state camp.
     KEC’s Youth Tour program is an annual contest. Essay entries open in January and the banquet is held in March. 
     KEC also has an eighth grade contest. These six students will be attending YouthPower Energy Camp in May: Zane Price and Ashton Linton of Tonkawa and Paige Frickenschmidt, Lakin Todd, Jennifer Beebe and Andruw Hoopes, all of Garber.
     Kay Electric Cooperative is committed to delivering safe, reliable, competitively priced services and energy to its member-owners, while being an outstanding community partner.

 

 

2015 Fourth Quarter Grants Awarded at January KECF Meeting

     The Kay Electric Community Foundation is in full swing and northern Oklahoma citizens are seeing first-hand what the Cooperative Difference can do for a community, organization and rural individuals. Most Kay Electric Cooperative members participate in KUP, in which power bills are rounded up to the nearest dollar. The amount rounded up can be as little as 1 cent and is never more than 99 cents a month. On average, each participating member contributes around $6 a year.
     The funds are pooled and administered by the KECF Boards of Directors, which meets quarterly to consider grant applications. The board consists of President Jared Grell, Vice-President Barbara Regier, Secretary/Treasurer Candy Oller, Director Sue Streller and Director Rose Mary Hoemann. There are also three non-voting advisory board members: KEC’s CEO Tim Rodriguez, COO JD Soulek and Director of Marketing and Member Services Austin Partida.
     The board met in January to review seven grant applications. Grants totaling $7,506 will be distributed to four of the applicants. 2015 fourth-quarter grants include:     

  • Billings Public School – Will purchase a chest freezer for the school cafeteria and a popcorn machine for various fundraisers with a $2,201 KECF grant.
  • River Road Volunteer Fire Dept. – Will purchase a 75ft Electric hose reel and hose, along with a nozzle with a $1,805 KECF grant.
  • Friends of Nardin – Will use the $2,000 KECF grant to enhance its Annual Heritage Celebration and continue the renovation construction of the General Store. Other entities are contributing to this cause.
  • Operation Blessing, Perry – Will use a $1500 KECF grant to supplement its programs for Noble County residents.

     Foundation grants will be awarded primarily to the following projects and organizations: Programs, projects and organizations that are important components of a community’s overall quality of life, with emphasis on public safety, health care, senior citizens affiliated organization and projects, self-sufficiency, and basic human needs. Educational, youth programs and volunteer fire departments will also be considered for grants. All applicants need to reside in KEC’s five county service territory: Garfield, Grant, Kay, Noble and Osage Counties. KECF is collecting around $2400 a month from its members and employees.

     Applications for 2016 first-quarter grants are due April 8, 2016. Download program details and applications at www.kayelectric.coop.

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KEC’s Director of Marketing and Member Services Austin Partida awards the River Road Volunteer Fire Dept. an $1,805 check from the Kay Electric Community Foundation. 

 

 

 

Foundation Awards its First Five Grants

Pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters – set enough of them aside on a regular basis, and the coins add up to dollars. That’s how the KUP program works.
     Most Kay Electric Cooperative members participate in KUP, in which power bills are rounded up to the nearest dollar. The amount rounded up can be as little as 1 cent and is never more than 99 cents a month. On average, each participating member contributes around $6 a year.
     The funds are pooled and administered by the Kay Electric Community Foundation (KECF), a board of directors that meets quarterly to consider grant applications. The board consists of President Jared Grell, Vice-President Barbara Regier, Secretary/Treasurer Candy Oller, Director Sue Streller and Director Rose Mary Hoemann. There are also three non-voting advisory board members: KEC’s CEO Tim Rodriguez, COO JD Soulek and Director of Marketing and Member Services Austin Partida. 
     The board met in October to review its first seven grant applications. Grants totaling $8,650 will be distributed to five of the applicants. 2015 third-quarter grants include:

  • Hospice of North Central Oklahoma will purchase new oxygen concentrators for it patients with a $1200 grant from KECF.
  • Living Water Community Clinic in Blackwell will assist its patients and clinic operations with a  $1250 grant from KECF.
  • Deer Creek – Lamont Parents Teachers Organization (PTO) will purchase portable stage curtains for numerous student activities with a $2500 grant from KECF.
  • Braman Volunteer Fire Department will purchase helmet-mounted flashlights, a chainsaw and Halligan bars with a $2500 grant from KECF.
  • Deer Creek Food Pantry will purchase 140 turkeys for its Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner baskets aiding citizens in both Grant and Kay Counties with a $1200 grant from KECF.
  • KECF is collecting around $2400 a month from its members and employees and recently held a golf tournament fundraiser for the Foundation.

     Foundation grants will be awarded primarily to the following projects and organizations: Programs, projects and organizations that are important components of a community’s overall quality of life, with emphasis on public safety, health care, senior citizens affiliated organization and projects, self-sufficiency, and basic human needs. Educational, youth programs and volunteer fire departments will also be considered for grants. All need to reside in KEC’s five county service territory: Garfield, Grant, Kay, Noble and Osage Counties.  Applications for the fourth-quarter grants are due Jan. 4, 2016. Download program details and applications at www.kayelectric.coop.

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KECF President Jared Grell awards Braman Fire Chief Jeff Spencer a $2500 grant from the Kay Electric Community Foundation. KEC’s Director of Marketing and Member Services Austin Partida is also in the picture.

 

Outage Texting, Now Available - Cell Number Needed

 

On October 12, 2015, we will be deploying a new service to the membership, the ability to TEXT an electrical outage to us.  This service will provide an alternative to calling us in an outage situation.  “The new service is faster and just as accurate as a phone call,” states Kay Electric’s CEO TIm Rodriguez.  “Almost 60% of Americans currently text. The percentage for our membership might be slightly less than that, but that percentage is increasing. For those who prefer to text, this new service is the perfect solution.”

Here are the setps you need to follow to have the ability to text power outages: 

1.   Call the Cooperative office to make sure we have your cell phone number(s) recorded in our system. This is very important. Simply texting our two main phone numbers WILL NOT work. 

2.    After you have given the Cooperative your cell phone number(s), go to our website www.kayelectric.coop and register for the service. You can do this by clicking on the button that says “click here for outage texting”. The registration process is simple and takes less than two minutes. 

3.    You will be given an outage “texting number.” Add this number to your contacts list on your cell phone so it’s ready when an outage occurs.

Now you are ready to text us in the event your power goes out. Please call the office during normal office hours, 8am - 5pm, if you have any questions or comments.

http://texting.crc.coop/Default.aspx?u=3314

 

 

  

 

 

 

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