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August edition of SCL online now!

horry-august-coverThe August  2019 edition of South Carolina Living magazine has been uploaded to horryelectric.com!  It will be delivered to the mailboxes of subscribing members this weekend.

The main part of South Carolina Living magazine, which can also be found online includes the usual recipes, a list of festivals and events, plus a few feature articles about interesting people and places in our own state!

The August 2019 edition has six pages dedicated to local news about your co-op.   Highlights include: 

  • CEO Column – Danny Shelley talks about ongoing efforts to learn about and research options that will benefit members
  • WIRE, Youth Summit participants aid students in need
  • Washington Youth Tour: In their own words – a great re-cap of the Youth Tour experience through the eyes of the students themselves.
  • Three programs you’ll want to learn more about! Beat The Peak, Advance Pay and Bank Draft!

 

 

Co-op Nation’s Best and Brightest High Schoolers Headed to D.C. for Youth Tour

Victoria A. Rocha, Staff Writer for NRECA.

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South Carolina Youth Tour Representatives show their Palmetto Pride in front of the White House at last year’s event. (Photo courtesy of ECSC)

1,800 high schoolers from rural America will be boarding airplanes and buses bound for Washington, D.C., this week to learn about the political process, meet elected officials and gain an up-close understanding of U.S. history.

It’s all part of the Electric Cooperative Youth Tour, and NRECA organizers are wrapping up preparations for the event, which runs June 13-21. With around 2,000 participants—about 250 are adult chaperones—this year’s group is about the same size as last year’s.

Former Youth Tour participants will play a larger role in the formal Youth Day program on June 17. Each year, Youth Tour organizers select about a dozen to return as staff assistants—known as “blue shirts”—to help with logistics. This year, that group will help shape the Youth Day content, said Beth Knudson, youth programs and training manager.

“From writing the scripts to actually keeping things moving onstage, this will be their program,” said Knudson. “I’m hoping those in the audience will see them up there and think, ‘Wow! Is there a place for me up there someday?'”

Anneliese Taggart, a 2016 Youth Tour participant from Vermillion, South Dakota, will return as a staff assistant for a second year. While on the tour, she met her senator, South Dakota Republican Mike Rounds. Three years later, she’s a summer press intern in his Capitol Hill office, having just finished her first year at the University of Alabama.

“I matured a lot during Youth Tour,” said Taggart, 18. “And I see it in the Youth Tour kids…At the beginning, they’re unsure of themselves and by the end, they’ve become more comfortable. It’s cool to be on the other side.”

And since most Youth Tour participants are on the cusp of voter eligibility, organizers from NRECA’s Co-ops Vote initiative will also be on hand to emphasize the importance of this milestone.

“Since many of the students will be turning 18 in the next couple of years, we will be giving them the opportunity to learn more about registering to vote and reminding them to do so on their birthdays,” said NRECA’s Laura Vogel, senior associate of grassroots advocacy.

Speakers will take the stage twice on Youth Day, once in the morning and again in the evening. Bobby VonBokern, a service technician at Owen Electric Cooperative in Owenton, Kentucky, will describe his adventures as a two-time volunteer in Haiti for NRECA International. He’ll also chaperone the 90 students from his state.

“I want them to come away with a realization of how blessed we are as a nation to have access to things that improve our lives, and that if there’s ever a way to give back to improve someone else’s life, it’s our jobs as human beings to give back where and when we can,” said VonBokern.

Esther Dominguez, Texas Youth Tour director, will board a charter plane to Washington with nearly 160 students and chaperones from 61 co-ops. It’s her 11th annual group, and she will pack her trusty “day-to-day guide” of schedules and other logistics—as well as patience and good cheer.

“I really don’t notice the noise,” said Dominguez of the din wrought by scores of excited teenagers. “It’s like being at a big pep rally. You have to set your mind to have fun alongside the students. It’s just normal!”

 

Co-op returning $4.6 million in capital credits to members

Capital CreditsNot many businesses pay you for buying something you wouldn’t want to live without, but electric cooperatives do!

This year, members of Horry Electric Cooperative will be receiving a portion of the capital credits assignment for 1999, 2000, 2001 and/or 2018.

The allowable retirement this year is $4,616,206 less $500,000 in estate payments. The total amount being distributed is $4,116,206, which includes the $695,623 balance of 1999; the $1,006,197 balance of 2000, $2,114,386 balance of 2001 and $300,000 of 2018.

  • If you were a member in 2018, you will receive 1.57% of your 2018 assignment.
  • If you were a member in 1999 and/or 2000, 2001, you will receive the remaining unretired balance of your assignment for that year.

Capital credit disbursements are made by the end of April. Due to the expense of processing and issuing checks, members with refunds in amounts less than $100 will see a credit on their electric bill.

All refunds below $100 will be credited to the accounts of eligible active members when the account bills in April.

Members can calculate the approximate amount of their 2018 allocation and disbursement by using the chart shown below. It was designed to help members calculate and estimate what their capital credit check or electric bill credit might be.

capital credit calculation example 2019

 

April edition South Carolina to be delivered soon!

The April 2019 edition of South Carolina Living magazine was delivered to member mailboxes this past weekend and it’s available online!APRIL COVER

The main part of South Carolina Living magazine, which can also be found online, includes the usual recipes, a list of festivals and events, plus a few feature articles about interesting people and places in our own state!

The April edition has six pages dedicated to local news about your co-op. Highlights include:

  • CEO Column:  Don’t miss it!  Annual Meeting May 14
  • Annual Meeting Map, plus Horry Extra and Member Service Department
  • Features include: Students write books to learn about electricity; Rural Lady of the Year’ and Co-op bees just fine, thanks to the teamwork of employee and member
  • It’s Capital Credit time! It really does pay to be a member!

 

March edition of South Carolina Living delivered last weekend

march coverThe March edition of South Carolina Living magazine was delivered to member mailboxes this past weekend and it’s available online!

The main part of South Carolina Living magazine, which can also be found online includes the usual recipes, a list of festivals and events, plus a few feature articles about interesting people and places in our own state!

The March 2019 edition has six pages dedicated to local news about your co-op. Highlights include:

  • CEO column – Are you connected to us? We’ve expanded our social media outreach
  • WIRE Scholarship and Bright Ideas grant application details
  • I need space! – If co-op equipment could talk – landscaping around electrical equipment
  • He’s the man for unmanned flight at HEC – Reid Williams is Horry Electric’s first pilot
  • How about some homegrown renewable energy? Consider Community Solar!
  • Trusted energy advisers encourage action! YOU can help Beat the Peak

February edition of SCL includes Legislative Guide

HORRY FEBRUARY COVER 2019The February 2019 edition of South Carolina Living magazine hit mailboxes earlier this month and it’s available online! 

The main part of South Carolina Living magazine, which can also be found online includes the usual recipes, a list of festivals and events, plus a few feature articles about interesting people and places in our own state!

We published just two pages of local co-op news in this month’s edition of the magazine. The main feature of this publication is the 2019/2020 Legislative Guide.   You can use it to keep in touch with elected officials in Columbia and in Washington D.C. 

The directory includes the name of each legislator, plus their district number and the names of the counties in which they serve. Addresses and telephone numbers for each are included. Some of our representatives have websites, while others have email addresses. 

The Legislative Guide also includes information about the Public Service Commission and the Office of Regulatory Staff. 

All information in the directory is current as of January 2019, but is subject to change without notice. 

 

New member information available to all

HEC Welcome to the cooperative advantageWe’ve updated our Welcome brochure for new members! It was created to introduce the cooperative to NEW members, but the information is appropriate for ALL members. You can find a copy on our website on the page dedicated to New Members!  

We welcome you to discover the value of co-op membership. The information package includes a long list of programs and services offered by the cooperative. It also features our office phone numbers, addresses and payment options! 

membership certificateA membership certificate is part of the package. Plus,  a Co-op Connections® card, which gives members of Touchstone Energy® Cooperatives access to discounts on everyday expenses!

There are all sorts of advantages to being a member of an electric cooperative and there are even more when your co-op is a Touchstone Energy Cooperative! 

Horry Electric Cooperative, Inc. is a non-profit, member-owned organization providing information and energy-related services on a fair and equitable basis.  We’re local people, serving you.