Northland Connection May 2024


Managers Report 2024

Dedicated To Serving Our Youth

Dave Deihl PCEC General Manager And CEOMay is a special time for many families as the school year comes to an end and the summer begins. Whether your children are graduating kindergarten, elementary school, high school or even college – these are milestones filled with mixed emotions for parents.

I know all too well the feelings as last year at this time my oldest child, Delaney, graduated from Smithville High School and was preparing to head off to college. You feel immense pride in their accomplishments, but always have to confront the harsh reality as a parent that your kids are constantly changing and growing older.

‘They grow so fast’ is what people always say, but it’s so true. She will be wrapping up her freshman year at the University of Arkansas this month, and, fortunately for my wife and I, she will be returning home for the summer to work.

Dave And Delaney Deihl

Dave with his daughter, Delaney, at the University of Arkansas.

Our youth are so important to our communities as they are the next generation of leaders. At Platte-Clay, we strive to support and sponsor as many local youth programs as we can each year. Concern for community is one of the seven cooperative principles, which emphasize putting the needs of our members first.

Each year, our cooperative offers three $1,000 higher education scholarships for students pursuing degrees in the electric industry. In addition, Platte-Clay sponsors a local Youth Tour contest that awards six area high school juniors with trips to leadership conferences in Washington, D.C. or Jefferson City, Mo. In this issue, you can read about all the winners from this year.

For our younger students, PCEC provides electrical safety presentations at many local elementary and middle schools. As part of these demonstrations, it’s always popular when we bring bucket trucks for the kids to see up close. PCEC also regularly participates in school career fairs to help students learn the value of an energy sector career.

Beyond our core youth programs, PCEC also holds a coat drive in the winter, donates to local food pantries and helps students with school supply donations.

I’m proud of all the work Platte-Clay does supporting local youth. Our team is always dedicated to working on these efforts and finding new opportunities that we can get involved with. We will continue to prioritize our youth programs and outreach as part of our community development efforts.

Congratulations to all the members celebrating a graduation milestone this month in your family. It’s amazing how the time passes. They won’t be young for long, so be sure to enjoy the moments.

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In The News

Local High School Juniors Recognized At Youth Tour Finals

High School Juniors Recognized At Youth Tour Finals
Youth Tour finalists from left to right: Noah Hazen from Smithville High School, Mason Throm from Smithville High School, Muhammad Ali Alrubaye from Liberty North High School, Isabella Monachello from Smithville High School, Mackenzie Cole from Excelsior Springs High School, and Skyler Shipley from Kearney High School. The finalists each received luggage for their trips and certificates for their achievements.

Six local high school juniors participated in the Youth Tour finals at Platte-Clay headquarters in Kearney on April 10 for their chance to represent PCEC at leadership conferences in Washington D.C. and Jefferson City, Mo.

Liberty North High School junior Muhammad Ali Alrubaye and Smithville High School junior Isabella Monachello were selected as Platte-Clay Electric Cooperative’s delegates to the 2024 Youth Tour conference in Washington, D.C. this summer.

Youth Tour is an annual youth event sponsored by rural electrical cooperatives around the country. More than 100 students from the Show- Me state and over 2000 students nationwide will have the opportunity to tour museums, visit America’s historic monuments and even meet with their elected officials.

Noah Hazen from Smithville High School, Mason Throm from Smithville High School, Mackenzie Cole from Excelsior Springs High School, and Skyler Shipley from Kearney High School were selected to serve as delegates to Youth CYCLE (Cooperative Youth Conference and Leadership Experience) in Jefferson City.

The competition finalists prepared presentations and presented to a panel of judges on the 2024 contest question: “In your opinion, what is the most important of the seven cooperative principles?”

You can learn more about Youth Tour and Youth CYCLE by visiting www.moyouthtour.com.

Youth Tour Volunteer Judges
Above: Thank you to our volunteer judges for this year’s Youth Tour finals. The judges were Kearney Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Stacie Bratcher (left), Platte City Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Jamie Kacz (center), and Smithville Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Erika Winston (right).

Platte-Clay Moments May 2024

In The News

PCEC Returns Capital Credits To Members In May

2.2 Million in Capital Credits Refunded To PCEC Members 2024This year, Platte-Clay Electric will return $2.2 million of capital credits to consumer-members. Capital credits will be applied to members’ bills using the auto-apply system in May. Members will be notified of the amount they are being refunded on their bills as well as in a separate letter from the co-op in the mail.

Automatically applying the capital credits to members’ bills allows for credits to be accessed quicker and reduces the possibility of check fraud from stolen mail.

Capital credits are one of the many benefits of cooperative membership. As a co-op consumer-member, you share in the profits of the company. The longer you use the service, the more monetary equity you accumulate.

The actual credit amount each consumer-member receives is determined by the cooperative Board of Directors and is usually a percentage of your total allocation amount from a previous year of service. By refunding only a portion at a time, the co-op is able to maintain a stable financial structure.

If you are a consumer-member and have plans to move out of the co-op’s service area, make sure our office has your social security number and a forwarding address. This will allow us to send you the prior year allocation statement notifying you of your entitled amount and a check when the allocation comes due.

If you have questions please contact us at (816) 628-3121 or by email at memberservice@pcec.coop.

Scholarships Awarded To Students Pursuing Energy Careers

Scholarships Awarded To Students Pursuing Energy CareersEach spring, PCEC awards three $1,000 scholarships to deserving local students.

The scholarship program focuses on students accepted or enrolled in a two or four year accredited college or trade school, and pursuing a career in the electric industry.

The 2024 scholarships were presented to Gage Fulk, from the West District, and Carter Black, from the South District. This year, PCEC did not receive an entry from the North District, so the scholarship amount was donated to the Northland Regional Chamber of Commerce to fund a scholarship through their Excellence in Education program.

PCEC Office Hours Changing In June

New PCEC Business HoursPlatte-Clay offices in Kearney and Platte City will be open earlier beginning June 1. The new hours of operation for our member service representatives will be 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Our goal is always to better serve our members, and leadership has closely analyzed call volume and foot traffic to reach to this decision.

PCEC will continue to offer three payment dropboxes. These are located at our Kearney and Platte City offices and at the MFA Oil fuel station in Platte City.

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