Rural Electric Youth Day at the Capitol

High School Juniors – win a trip to Washington!

RECC will sponsor two local students on the Youth To Washington Tour in June, and the application process is now open! Juniors at schools in our service area are invited to attend the Illinois Rural Electric Youth Day program in Springfield on April 18, 2018 where two winners will be chosen for the free trip to D.C.

Application are available by calling our office at (217) 438-6917, or e-mailing us. All applications are due by March 14. To learn more about Youth Day, check out this short video

Tree Trimming Underway!

On Monday, February 5th, tree crews contracted by Rural Electric began vegetation management in the Palmyra area. The crews began their work at the Palmyra substation, marked in red on the map below, and continued along the east circuit highlighted in green on the map below. The crews delivered notices to homes along each circuit that they worked on. They used well-marked vehicles and mostly worked during the weekdays.  If you see unmarked vehicles or suspicious activity around our lines, please let us know immediately.

These line maintenance efforts will help greatly in reducing line loss, power blinks, and outages. If any RECC member would like free mulch from this project, or if there are additional questions, please contact the office at 217-438-6197.



RECC Employees select Pawnee Food Pantry for Donation

RECC employees collected $475 in cash and checks for the Pawnee Food Pantry. President/CEO David Stuva agreed that RECC would match their donations.  The pantry was grateful to receive the $950 charitable donation and said it would really help their efforts this year. RECC employees have made similar donations the past. This has become a tradition that we would like to see continue for many more years.

Touchstone Energy/CoBank Sharing Success Classroom Empowerment Grants

RECC sponsored the Touchstone Energy Classroom Empowerment Grants again this year. With the assistance of the CoBank Sharring Success Program, we were able to obtain matching funds and turn two $1,000 grants into two 2,000 grants. The higher grant amounts turned out to be quite popular, which led to greater participation among area schools. We received several more applications this year.

The classroom grants were designed for local area teachers to carry out education enhancement projects that were not included in their school budgets. Grant appplicants were limited to grades K-8 with emphasis on science and technology. Consideration was also given for how how each project related to Touchstone Energy’s four core values of integrity, accountability, innovation and commitment to community.

CoBank’s Sharing Success Matching Grant Program was designed to celebrate the vital role that RECC plays in their community. Partnering with RECC to support the causes and organizations we care about most is a great way for CoBank to make a positive impact and fulfill its mission of service to rural America. The only stipulation was that the minimum grant amount was $1,000, so we just altered our format from 4-$500 grants to 2- $1,000 grants. This small change allowed us to receive an additional $2,000 in matching grants that will now be shared in our community.

RECC awards $2,000 grant to Waverly Elementary School

Teacher and Librarian, Michelle Wagner submitted the first winning grant application.  She chose to focus on creating makerspaces, and STEM learning activities. Makerspaces is a hands-on activity approach and STEM is an education curriculum that focuses heavily on the subjects of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. STEM catagories are integrated so that elements of each subject are applied to the others.

Michelle summarizes, that Makerspaces and STEM center activieies provide students opportunities to be innovators that will be leaders in the science carreers. Innovators will lead us in other areas of society, for they are the people who will think up new ideas and implement them.

The grant money provides the initial boost to create makerspaces, reading, writing, and STEM learning centers in our school that will continue in the years to come. Students are essentially responsible for their own learning as they take ownership of research and where it leads them in the learning process.

RECC awards $2,000 to Ball Elementary School

Debora Lee submitted the second winning grant application. Her grant request also represents fellow Kindergarten Teachers; Roxanne Gardner, Danielle Snedigar, Tracey Lex, and Joanne Carter. Their grant will provide hands-on science related activities for 115 students. The grant will provide each of the five teachers with their very own set of learning kits.

The majority of grant money will be spent on these explorative learning aids. Purchased kits include; Scientific Classification Center, Master Marble Set, Specimens Sorting Center, and a Seasons & Weather Theme Box. The new activities will be used throughout the school year and will benefit future Kindergarten classes since they are not consumable.

Congratulations to Ball-Chatham and Waverly School Districts. A special ‘Thanks’ goes out to our bank, CoBank, for matching RECC’s $1000 grant.


2018 Scholarship Applications Due Dec. 31

The IEC Memorial Scholarship Program offers ten co-op scholarships for 2018, with $2,000 awarded to each winner! RECC member families are eligible for nine of the academic scholarships, with one offered for co-op employee or director families. All information is available online and applications are due by December 31, 2017.

2016 Capital Credit Allocation Notification

The allocation of 2016 margins to members doing business with Rural Electric Convenience Cooperative have been calculated and assigned.  The total of $233,073 of 2016 margins were allocated as capital credits.  We have calculated each member’s share of the total margins based on members use of electricity in 2016.  That amount has been credited to your capital credit account.

The allocations will be on your July bill, which will be mailed on or about August 7th. You will see a message on the left-hand side of the bill indicating the amount that was allocated to your capital credit account for the electricity you purchased in 2016.  This message only appears on your master account and only appears if you were a customer in 2016. This amount is only an accounting credit.  It cannot be claimed at the present time nor can it be applied against your current electric bill. Your board of directors reviews the financial condition of the Cooperative before determining when and how much capital credits can be returned or retired to the members.

Remember, you must be a member and have service in your name to have capital credits allocated to you. If you are receiving electric service in someone else’s membership or the service is in the name of a deceased person, you will not receive capital credits. Any capital credit retirements will be issued in the name of the person on the membership or the estate of a deceased member.

RECC sponsors students in Washington

Two area students were among 69 rural Illinois youths in Washington, D.C., during the annual “Youth to Washington” Tour, held June 9-16. Jacob Harris of Pawnee and Savannah Norris of Auburn represented Rural Electric Convenience Cooperative on the educational trip.

This event, sponsored by the electric and telephone cooperatives of Illinois since the late 1950s, is an introduction to our democratic form of government and cooperatives for rural youth.

The Illinois group joined more than 1,730 young leaders from across the country, a record high for the “Youth to Washington” Tour.

As part of the introduction to the cooperative business model, students on the trip set up a “Pop-and-Chip” cooperative to provide snacks for the group. The students start the cooperative from the ground up electing a board of directors, hiring a manager and employees along with setting prices for their “services.” Jacob and Savannah were both elected to the co-op’s board of directors, and were integral in setting prices and planning supplies for the week.

Juniors in local high schools are eligible to participate in the annual program, which begins with the Illinois Youth Day event held in the spring. To learn more about the “Youth to Washington” Tour go to www.youthtour.coop or www.facebook.com/ILYouthtoWashington.



RECC celebrates 80th Annual Meeting

Members of RECC gathered for their 80th annual meeting of members on Thursday, June 8 at

Glenwood High School in

From left are co-op directors Mel Repscher, John Beatty, Thom Hart, and President/CEO David Stuva

Chatham. Before the meeting, about 550 members and guests enjoyed a pork chop dinner, vendor displays, bucket truck rides and a variety of activities for kids.
Chris Wilcox, Vice Chairman of the Board, welcomed members and recognized the service anniversaries for several co-op employees and directors. He congratulated Lou DeLaby, manager of operations and maintenance, and Dana Smith, manager of member and public relations, on their planned retirements in the coming months.
Elections were held for three positions on the Board of Directors, with Thom Hart of Atwater (District 4), John Beatty of Waverly (District 5) and Mel Repscher of Taylorville (District 6) running unopposed for new three-year terms.
In the officers’ reports, Treasurer Lou Weitekamp said that revenue for 2016 totaled $15,118,580 resulting in net margins of $233,075 compared to margins in 2015 of $364,548.
RECC Chairman of the Board Mel Repscher and President/CEO David Stuva provided updates on co-op projects and accomplishments. Stuva reported that a member satisfaction survey in 2016 showed high results for RECC in prompt outage response, knowledgeable employees and reliable electric service. Ratings improved from a 2013 survey in satisfaction with rates and keeping costs down.
Stuva and Repscher noted that rates are expected to decrease in 2018, when a new power supply contract with NextEra Energy Power Marketing goes into effect. The 10-year plus 5-month contract satisfied the Board’s concerns with potential price volatility and capacity limitations in the Midwest markets, Repscher said. He noted the new contract will provide the Board options to retain higher margins and build higher equity for a stronger future, while reducing the current Power Cost Adjustment on members’ bills.


Rural Electric Youth Day at Capitol

The 2017 Illinois Rural Electric Youth Day introduced 240 high school students to several of our state’s elected leaders, along with some insights about electric and telephone cooperatives.

Youth Day was sponsored on March 29 by the Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives, with 25 co-ops from across the state participating. Rural Electric Convenience Cooperative sponsored six students from area schools at the day-long event. The group included Payton Allen and Savannah Norris from Auburn; Sophia Sanguedolce and Hailey Winslow from Glenwood High School, Jacob Harris from Pawnee, and Emily Huxtable from North Mac.

At the State Capitol, the RECC group met with Representatives Avery Bourne and Sara Wojcicki Jimenez, along with Senator Sam McCann. During lunch, Comptroller Susana Mendoza addressed students and chaperones and challenged them to take an interest in the political process and encouraged them to use their voice and reach out to their representatives and senators. Sophia Marcolla, the 2016-17 Illinois Youth Leadership Council Representative from Adams Electric Cooperative, spoke about her experience on the Youth to Washington tour and the importance of leadership. While in Springfield, the students also visited the Old State Capitol and Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum.

RECC 80th Annual Meeting

RECC will celebrate its 80th Annual Meeting on June 8, 2017 at Glenwood High School in Chatham.  The free dinner will start at 5 p.m., with displays and activities open to both adults and youngsters. The business meeting begins at 7 p.m., followed by door prize drawings and a Grand Prize award of $300. Just like our early Annual Meetings, we will have election of directors and a report on the business standing of the cooperative. It’s still also a social gathering of the membership with a chance to visit with co-op employees, directors and fellow members.  A $10 bill credit for all registered members is a more recent addition that’s been appreciated by our attendees.
We hope to see you at our Annual Meeting, to help celebrate the past and plan the future of Rural Electric Convenience Cooperative!