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Stebbins, Hansen Elected

Jim Stebbins of Clarksville was elected to a full term serving District 2 on the HomeWorks Tri-County Electric Cooperative board of directors, while Kimber Hansen of Edmore was re-elected to a second term serving District 4.

Stebbins, who was appointed to the board in January following the death of long-time director Wayne Swiler, represents Barry and Ionia counties on the board.

It’s What We Do Every Day

The wind that blew March 8 and 9 damaged a lot of electric lines across Michigan’s lower peninsula.

About 3,500 HomeWorks Tri-County members were out of power during the worst of it; our line crews were assisted by crews from Wolverine Power Cooperative and the City of Portland, along with tree clearing crews from Asplundh and Wright Tree Company.

Appreciate Your Local Linemen

Chris Reed joined HomeWorks Tri-County Electric Cooperative in 1988 as an apprentice lineman. After becoming a lineman, he became a crew leader, then Portland operations coordinator, and in 2015 he was named director of electric operations. He's shown with his daughters, Holly, left, and Grace.

When I was asked to write about Linemen Appreciation Day 2017, I thought of different ways to approach this. There are so many aspects to this line of work; it’s difficult to choose.

Yes, You CAN Pay With A Credit Card!

A few members have questioned an article in the September issue of Michigan Country Lines, in which we explained why our employees will not physically handle your credit card, nor do we have access to your full credit card number through our computer system.

While some other companies, for example restaurants, still take your credit card away for processing, the payment card industry has set very high security standards with costly penalties if there is a breach in credit card security.

Manager's Message: Cooperation - Commitment - Communities

National Cooperative Month is celebrated annually in October across the U.S., allowing us to reflect on our shared principles.

One principle is our concern for community, where our member-owners live and work. From providing technology in classrooms to supporting new jobs and industry, we are committed to improving our member-owners’ quality of life through being involved in our communities.

Teens: Visit Washington, D.C., this June!

Youth Tour (June 10-15) is a once-in-a-lifetime, all-expenses-paid leadership travel opportunity for high school sophomores and juniors (going into their junior or senior year this summer), sponsored by Michigan’s electric cooperatives. From the battlefields of Gettysburg, to the halls of Congress in Washington, D.C., Youth Tour will explore the leadership lessons of our nation’s history and immerse you in the cooperative spirit.

Manager's Message: Celebrating National Lineman Appreciation Day

America’s electric cooperatives have designated the second Monday of April as National Lineman Appreciation Day.

On April 13, HomeWorks Tri-County Electric Cooperative will honor the hard working men who often work in challenging conditions to keep the lights on.

The full text of the resolution, which the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) Board adopted unanimously, follows:

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