December 2020 Light Reading Newsletter

December 2020 Light Reading

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We want to hear from our members.

Member Survey 2020

How is everybody doing? Let us know, and you could win $100!

To say that 2020 has been a difficult year for all concerned is certainly an understatement, and we here at Flathead Electric Co-op hope to see positive changes in the new year. We also want to check in with our members to see how you are doing and to gauge how the Co-op has been doing to meet your needs. To that end, we are conducting a survey on how members interact with and view their Cooperative. The survey is open until December 31, and is available online. Survey participants will be entered to win one of five $100 electric bill credits. Members without access to a computer can call Wendy Ostrom-Price at (406) 751-1820 to take the survey via phone.

Flathead Electric Co-op encourages members to participate in the survey as your feedback is very important in helping us provide the best possible service to all.


The perfect gift

Gift of Light

“You can just feel the weight lifting off their shoulders.” That’s how FEC employee Stacie Erickson describes the impact of the Co-op’s “Gift of Light” program, through which members make donations that are then credited to another member’s account. The gifts can remain anonymous, or the Co-op can send a certificate in the donor’s name. Erickson helps administer the program, and she says recipients are often overwhelmed with gratitude by the gesture. It is available all year long but seems especially helpful over the holiday season. Contact the Co-op for more information on providing the Gift of Light for someone special on your holiday list.


Kids’ Christmas art

Several kiddos from our service area submitted artwork to Rural Montana Magazine for their December cover contest. That work was then forwarded to FEC where we asked employees to select their favorite to feature in this edition of our newsletter. The vote was close, but we selected the delightful artwork submitted by 10-year old Natasha Ilin of Somers. Thank you for sharing Natasha!


December Artwork Illin

Scholarships available through FEC Partners


Current high school seniors and college undergraduates are eligible to apply for the following scholarship opportunities available through FEC associates:

  • Basin Electric Power Cooperative – $1,000
  • Montana Electric Cooperatives Association (MECA) – $500

Applicants or their parent/guardian must be a member of Flathead Electric Co-op. The deadline to apply is January 15, 2021. One combined online application will allow students to be considered for both scholarships. Apply now!


Glacier High Sanitation Station Donation

Flathead Electric Co-op recently donated a Temp Chek product to Glacier High School. The apparatus combines a touchless palm thermometer with an automatic sanitizing dispenser. This means the same handheld device will no longer need to be used on multiple people nor will it need to be cleaned between uses. School officials say it will also allow staff and students to self-monitor throughout the day and will reduce check-in times, during the ongoing pandemic.

Glacier High Temp Chek

In this photo:

Joel Auers, GHS Principal; Mark Dennehy, Assistant Principal and Athletic Director; and Bill Sullivan – Director of Operational Accountability (COVID Director).

Photo is courtesy of Amanda Hart with Hartstone Designs, who procured the device for FEC’s donation.


Co-op Connection

Get to know the people working for you

Joann Kizer

Meet Joann Kizer — Human Resources Generalist

Q. What do you bring to your Co-op?

A. Empathy. In my role in the HR Department, I take great pride in understanding and sharing the feelings of my co-workers when I help them with their HR needs.

Q. What’s the best thing about working here?

A. Flathead Electric is a great place to work with so many opportunities for growth. It is very rewarding working somewhere that is continually trying to come up with new ways to satisfy the needs of its members.

Q. If you had a super-power, what would it be?

A. Boy, I wish I had the ability for a superpower, because if I did, I would wipe away the coronavirus from the world so no one would have to deal with it ever again.


Roundup Report

Roundup for Safety grant will enhance library security

West Shore Community Library
Photo courtesy of West Shore Community Library.

A $1,500 Roundup for Safety grant will provide for an alarm system at the new West Shore Community Library (WSCL). This year, a building in Volunteer Park in Lakeside was generously donated to the library, but the building did not have an adequate security system in place. Staff said installing an alarm system at the new facility will not only help protect their 80 volunteers, but also their 9,000 patrons, and travelers alike.

November Projects Funded

  • South Kalispell Volunteer Fire Department
    Fire fighting boots  $8,025
  • Flathead County Sheriff’s Posse, Inc.
    Bullet proof vests $10,000
  • Libby Wrestling Club
    Wrestling mat  $5,000
  • Alano Club of Kalispell Inc.
    Security/safety lighting  $2,500

Roundup for Safety is a voluntary program for FEC members who round up their electric bills to the next dollar. This money goes into a fund for community safety projects.