Northland Connection April 2024


Managers Report 2024

Membership Elections Begin in May

Dave Deihl PCEC General Manager And CEOIt’s hard to believe that it’s nearly time, again, for the cooperative’s annual election.

In May, PCEC consumer-members will have the opportunity to cast their votes.This is a very important time for the cooperative as leaders are elected to our board of directors at the annual business meeting on May 30.

Three of the nine board seats are up for election each year — one from each of our three service districts. This year, incumbent board directors Dennis Fulk and Kendall Davis are up for re-election facing new candidates from across our service area, while incumbent board director Theresa Wren is unopposed in the election.

Having open and fair democratic elections are an essential part of what makes cooperatives unique compared to investor and municipal-owned utilities. Each PCEC member has equal voting privileges, and I encourage you to take part in this special process.

I’m always proud to share PCEC’s exceptional reputation among electric cooperatives in the state, and director elections play a crucial part in our success. Directors work closely with me and the co-op management team to ensure PCEC is achieving our mission of providing safe and reliable power to our members.

The directors attend monthly board meetings to receive updates from co-op management and vote on matters such as expenditures, rates, capital credits, infrastructure needs, strategic direction and more.

Board members can also receive specialized training and development to become more knowledgeable about the electric energy industry. They also help advocate for rural co-ops on a local, state and national level.

In this special election issue of the Northland Connection, you’ll find all the information you need to vote. Members will have the option again to vote securely online or by mail. All votes are received and counted by an independent third-party organization.

This year, we are once again offering the chance for members to win free energy bill credits. All you have to do is cast your ballot, and you’ll be automatically entered into the drawing. We have one top prize of $1500 in bill credits, and two additional members will each receive $750 in bill credits.

PCEC has held member elections since 1938. We’re proud to continue the tradition with this year’s election. I hope you will take part and help ensure our co-op continues to have qualified and diverse candidates representing your best interests. concerns you can reach me at: GeneralManager@PCEC.coop.

Dave Deihl Signature


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Voting Begins May 1!

Voting in PCEC’s 2024 Membership Election is an easy, secure process managed by a third-party to ensure fairness. In order to access the ballot, you will need to know:

1) YOUR LAST NAME / BUSINESS NAME
2) YOUR MEMBER NUMBER
3) YOUR LOCATION NUMBER

The information listed above can be found on your PCEC bills or through your online billing portal. Once you have the required information, visit www.PCEC.coop/Vote to vote online or call (816) 635-0464 to request a mail-in ballot.

Platte-Clay Membership Election 2024


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Co-op Annual Meetings Connect Treasured Memories

Kendall Davis

Kendall Davis
Board President

You never quite know the importance of certain events in your life until you’ve lived long enough to put all the pieces of the story together.

I’ve been attending Platte-Clay annual meetings literally my entire life. My dear mother, Mary, brought me to my first one in a bassinet. I was born in April and the meeting was in July 1960 in my hometown, Excelsior Springs.

Back then, there weren’t too many events around to draw such a crowd. The annual meeting was always the event. Free ice cream and sandwiches, and if you were anyone on our lines you were there. It was the place to be.

Growing up, my mom shared so many wonderful stories about PCEC’s origin, which it was first known as the Rural Electrification Administration (REA). She could vividly recall when the cooperative lines made their way to rural Ray County.

She was 16 years old at the time when power first ran through their home in 1948. She went room to room flipping every light switch over and over exclaiming, “Mother! We have electricity. Mother! We have electricity.”

My grandfather was an electrician and carpenter, and he helped install outlets and ceiling lights around the area. They had packages at the time that you could buy: two outlets and one light bulb for a room. It’s hard to imagine what that time must have felt like, but my mom’s stories bring it to life for me in a special way.

In my younger years, the board meetings and elections taking place at annual meetings didn’t mean anything to me at the time. I was more concerned about the ice cream. Then, as a teenager it started making more sense that there are people actually responsible for running the co-op. I became more curious and began asking my mom questions about the co-op elections and the
choice members had in who helps run it.

I officially became a Platte- Clay member myself in 1983, at 23, when I bought property right beside my mom. The coop at the time was very much a work in progress. For years, there were different changes implemented or different bylaws being proposed, and I remember talking about them all the time with others at the local feed store.

Eventually, a man by the name of David Gauger, who was on the PCEC board nominating committee, talked to me about running for a director seat on the board. They said they needed some “young blood” on the board. I was successful in getting elected in 1991, and I became the youngest board director in the history of the co-op at 31 years old.

Mom and dad were both proud. Not surprisingly, my mom became one of my biggest critics. She’s always eager to provide her feedback. Now she’s the one always asking me questions about what’s going on at the co-op.

I had no idea at the time the magnitude of the growth the co-op would experience or how much we would ultimately be responsible for. When the co-op budget hit a million dollars we were like, “wow.” Then, before long, it hit $30 million. Years later, $60 million. I never dreamt we would have over 20,000 members.

My favorite thing about being on the board is associating with like-minded people who share family values and enjoy working together unlike what we see on a national level where everyone is always fighting. Cooperative leaders all have the same goal of keeping our power on and keeping costs down for members the best we can.

On May 30, I’ll find myself in a familiar place at my 64th annual meeting. While online voting has changed the experience from an event to just a business meeting, what hasn’t changed all these years is the democratic process of each member having equal voting power.

It’s wonderful that we now have more voting participation than ever before. I’d appreciate your vote once again to continue serving our cooperative. I’m so grateful for growing up with the co-op and having so many great memories through the years.

From the bassinet to board president. What an amazing story it’s been.

Kendall Davis Family Photo
Kendall, left, with his brother Randall, mother, Mary, and father, Charles.

In The News

Free Tree Giveaway Launches Online April 26 at 10 AM

PCEC Free Tree GiveawayPlatte-Clay members will have the opportunity to reserve a free tree in recognition of this year’s Arbor Day. A limited number of 1-gallon trees will made available on a first-come, first-served basis to interested members beginning on Friday, April 26 at 10 a.m.

PCEC members can reserve their free tree by visiting www.PCEC.coop/FreeTrees at the program launch time. Depending on inventory when you sign up, the trees available will be an Eastern Redbud or Shadblow Serviceberry. The program will be administered in partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation. Trees will be shipped directly to member homes at the conclusion of the sign-up period.

The Arbor Day Foundation is the world’s largest membership nonprofit dedicated to planting trees. Its Energy-Saving Trees program helps utility providers across the nation distribute free trees to their customers, while providing the knowledge of where best to plant them.

The “Energy-Saving Trees” online tool shares the annual energy savings that will result from planting trees in the most strategic location near your home or business.

“This program enables utility providers an opportunity to become directly involved with their communities,” said Kristen Bousquet, program manager at the Arbor Day Foundation. “This unique program benefits utility providers, their customers and the communities they serve by finding natural ways to conserve energy. The right trees in the right place can help a homeowner save up to 30 percent on their electric bill.”

The online tool was created by the Arbor Day Foundation and the Davey Institute, a division of Davey Tree Expert Co., and uses peer-reviewed scientific research from the USDA Forest Service’s i-Tree software to calculate estimated environmental benefits. In addition to providing approximate energy savings, the tool estimates the trees’ other benefits, including cleaner air, reduced carbon emissions and filtered storm water.

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