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Approximately 400 people attended Presque Isle Electric & Gas Co-op’s 80ᵗʰ Annual Membership Meeting at the Posen High School today. According to Board Chairman John Brown, "The annual meeting is a perfect example of our cooperative principles in action. Cooperatives are democratic organizations controlled by their members. Members have equal voting rights – one member, one vote."
Each year elections are held by PIE&G for three (3) positions on the Board of Directors. After all votes were counted, the successful candidates winning election to three-year terms are: John F. Brown (Cheboygan District), Charles Arbour (Montmorency District), and Allan Berg (Presque Isle District). Below is the list of candidates and the number of votes each candidate received.
|Cheboygan District:||John F. Brown||993*|
|Montmorency District:||Charles Arbour||492*|
|Presque Isle District:||Allan Berg||1,120*|
Immediately following the meeting, the board of directors held their election of officers and the results are as follows: Chairman – John F. Brown; Vice-Chairman – Allan Berg; Secretary – Sandy Borowicz, and Treasurer – Daryl Peterson. In other business, members heard reports from the cooperative’s auditor and Chief Executive Officer. The winner of the prize raffle for voting by mail was Mr. Jeff Whitsitt of Millersburg.
Presque Isle Electric & Gas Co-op provides electricity and natural gas service to approximately 42,500 members across nine counties in northeast Michigan. PIE&G’s headquarters is in Onaway.
Presque Isle Electric & Gas Co-op members continue to generously assist area community organizations and individuals through the voluntary round up of their electric and natural gas billings. Member contributions to the Communities First Fund provide funds for grants and scholarships in their local communities within the PIE&G service area.
At their June meeting, the PIE&G Communities First Fund board of directors finalized awards of $7,450 in grants to the recipients listed below.
Cheboygan Area High School ($2,000.00): to purchase new equipment for the Wood Working Technology classroom to help to provide a safe working environment for students. The program is intended to develop and enhance student skills, as well as build lifelong confidence from individual accomplishments. The trade skills and knowledge gained may lead to valuable future employment opportunities.
Cheboygan Hockey Association ($1,200.00): to establish an ongoing need based scholarship program. The program will help reduce the financial strain associated with the costs of participation in the sport for those who demonstrate financial need. The need-based scholarship will help hockey athletes by providing an opportunity to build confidence, pride, focus, and personal responsibility through participation in the sport.
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Onaway United Methodist Church ($1,500.00): to purchase items to restock the Caring Closet. The Caring Closet exists to help people in the community who are in need of items that cannot be purchased by food stamps (laundry detergent, hygiene items, toiletries, etc.). These items are not food, can be expensive, and there is often a shortage of money within the household.
Rogers City Area Schools ($1,250.00): to purchase technology (twenty-five 7 inch “Fire” computer tablets) for the second grade students. The tablets will allow students to use current technology to help broaden their learning abilities in reading, writing, math, and science.
United Way of Northeast Michigan ($1,500.00): to purchase supplies for the “Presque Isle County Project Connect” event in October. The grant will be used to purchase food and personal hygiene products that are provided to attendees. Approximately two-hundred to three-hundred people are expected to receive services and donated items at the event.
Presque Isle Electric & Gas Co-op provides electric and natural gas service to more than 42,000 member-owners, and serves a nine county area across northeast Michigan. PIE&G headquarters is located in Onaway.
Shortly after Hurricane Harvey flooded Houston and surrounding areas in Texas, within a week, Hurricane Irma struck, leaving millions without power in Florida and Georgia. Electric cooperatives from across the nation answered the call to action. Presque Isle Electric & Gas Co-op linemen joined a group of 30 other co-op linemen from Michigan who packed up and headed south on Tuesday to meet up with other co-op relief personnel.
The Michigan team included PIE&G, Cherryland, Midwest, Ontonagon, Thumb, Alger Delta, Great Lakes Energy and HomeWorks. The initial plan was for them to assist two cooperatives in South-central Georgia - Irwin EMC and Middle Georgia EMC. However, mutual aid crews from Michigan, Tennessee, Missouri and Kansas are now returning home after word came late on Wednesday from Georgia’s statewide electric cooperative association that they were not needed. The crews from Michigan were headed back home Wednesday after lodging overnight in Tennessee.
Our thoughts remain with all those affected by these recent historic hurricanes.
Scattered along Michigan’s shoreline and numbering over 200 at their peak, the Great Lakes lighthouses once served as a beacon of hope to the weary seafarer. Today only 124 lights still stand, many in desperate need of repair. Enter the Great Lakes Lighthouse Keepers Association (GLLKA).
Founded in 1983, the GLLKA’s mission of preserving lighthouses and the stories of those who kept them while fostering a new generation of preservationists came to life when given license to restore St. Helena Island Light Station in 1986.
Built in 1873 off the coast of St. Ignace, constant exposure to the elements left St. Helena vulnerable. Abandoned, she endured years of vandalism and theft requiring the removal of several outbuildings. What remained of the station continued deteriorating.
Before arrangements were made for the complete demolition of the structure, members from GLLKA requested permission to restore St. Helena. With the help of countless volunteers including Boy Scout Troop 4 from Ann Arbor, St. Helena slowly came back to life.
Inspiring awe and admiration from thousands of guests each year, the original restoration project began nearly three decades ago. While the threat of theft and vandalism have declined, the elements continue taking a toll. Fortunately, GLLKA volunteers are committed for the long haul, tirelessly maintaining the facility for another generation to enjoy.
In the meantime, GLLKA President Rick Mixter offers guidance and support to groups wanting to preserve lights in their region. In some cases he can even find old blueprints, making the renovation a true labor of love for those involved in restoring these facilities to their original glory.
Today Great Lakes lighthouses are towering symbols of strength and resilience, often shouldering a much deeper meaning to guests who visit each year. “They brought lost mariners home,” explained Mixter. “They represent hope, and we all need a little of that.”
The Presque Isle Electric & Gas Co-op Board of Directors recently approved annual participation in Co-Bank’s “Sharing Success” program, a $3 million charitable fund designed to benefit cooperatives and the charitable groups they support throughout rural America. CoBank is a non-profit, cooperative bank that PIE&G uses and is a member of. Under the program, CoBank matches contributions by its cooperative members to the charitable organizations of their choice on a dollar-for-dollar basis up to $5,000. CoBank requires that the charitable organization is established as a non-profit under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Service code. Other potentially eligible organizations include schools, churches, and government organizations, as long as the donation serves a public purpose and is consistent with the program’s purpose and guidelines. Organizations that are political in nature, that limit their activities based on religious affiliation, or discriminate do not qualify.
Applications for the 2017 Sharing Success Program will be accepted from Monday, July 17 through Friday, September 1. PIE&G will select the eligible applicant or applicants by September 30 and submit them to CoBank for consideration. CoBank reserves the right to review and determine eligibility of the recipient organizations.
The application form must be completed in its entirety, and is available at www.pieg.com/content/sharing-success. Completed applications should be mailed to: PIE&G Cobank Sharing Success, PO Box 308, Onaway MI 49765 or emailed to email@example.com. A copy of the designated charity’s IRS 501(c)(3) tax exemption notification must be included with the application. If the organization is not a 501(c)(3), please submit the organization’s taxpayer identification number (TIN), also referred to as an employer identification number (EIN). Questions may be directed to Deanna at 800-423-6634 extension 1011.
Because our Cooperative roots run deep...
To honor PIE&G’s partnership and to help celebrate the 75th anniversary of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, the NRECA will plant a commemorative tree at its Arlington headquarters and Lincoln office in soil collected from each of the member cooperatives.
Recently, PIE&G sent a small soil sample from our cooperative to NRECA so they can plant a tree in our honor – one whose nourishment and growth is supported by PIE&G and other coops across the nation which helped the NRECA grow to become 75 years strong!
To help prevent accidents, the National Electrical Contractors Association says:
April 27, 2017 (Onaway) Presque Isle Electric & Gas Co-op members continue to assist area community organizations and individuals through the voluntary round up of their electric and natural gas billings. Member contributions to the PIE&G Communities First Fund (“CFF”) provide resources for grants and scholarships to benefit their local communities in PIE&G’s service area.
At their recent meeting, the CFF board of directors awarded fifteen (15) scholarships of $1,000 each to each of the following 2017 high school graduates:
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Sydney Torres MacKenzie Hemmer
Hayley Torres Regan Bunker
Trevor Roznowski Destiny Pryor
Brianna Gross Cameron Horn
Tiffany Juergens Noel Nash
Jeffrey Ostman Jr. Izaiah Hincka
In addition to the above scholarships, the A. Barkley Travis Memorial Scholarship, valued at $500, was awarded Ashley Wirgau of Rogers City.
The PIE&G Communities First Fund is managed by an all volunteer, independent board of directors. Students must meet CFF scholarship program requirements. For more information, go to the 'Communities First' tab on this website and follow the the link to Scholarships.
As the “first responders” of the electric co-op family, lineworkers perform around-the-clock duties in dangerous conditions and challenging situations to keep power flowing and protect the public’s safety. These brave members of our community go above and beyond to restore power to their neighborhoods and towns, often in the most hazardous environment. That’s why electric co-ops have designated the second Monday in April as National Lineman Appreciation Day. This year, April 10 is the day we honor the hard-working men and women who keep the lights on.
Resolutions adopted by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) explain it best: “Whereas linemen leave their families and put their lives on the line every day to keep the power on; Whereas linemen work 365 days a year under dangerous conditions to build, maintain and repair the electric infrastructure; Whereas there would be no electric co-ops without the brave men and women who comprise our corps of lineworkers.” Lineworkers everywhere deserve this special day of recognition.
These highly-skilled men and women light our homes and businesses every day. They endure harsh weather and long hours, all to make our lives more comfortable. On April 10 (and every day), please take a moment to thank them. Lineworkers are the heart of the co-op nation, proud and strong.
Use #ThankALineman on social media to show your support for the men and women who light our lives.
From PIE&G's March-April 2017 issue of Country Lines Magazine, page 12
An old refrigerator or freezer can cost you hundreds of dollars to operate each year. A new qualifying Energy Star rated refrigerator can reduce your monthly electric bill and you'll earn a $50 rebate for recycling the old one through our Energy Optimization program. To learn more, call 1-877-296-4319 or visit Michigan-energy.org and select PIE&G for details on qualifying products.