July 2021 Light Reading Newsletter

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Donate for our upcoming Pulse Project

Pulse Project 2021

Thanks to our supporters, Flathead Electric Co-op’s annual Pulse Project meets two basic needs in our community:

Blood Donations

1. Blood Donations: we provide a supply of much needed blood to our area by hosting one of the largest community blood drives in Montana.

Energy Assistance Funding

2. Energy Assistance: we collect thousands of dollars to assist our members who are experiencing an unexpected temporary financial crisis.

Flathead Electric Cooperative (FEC) is again partnering with both local blood service organizations, the American Red Cross and Vitalant, for a two-day drive scheduled for September 8 and 9. Blood donors will receive a meal, a commemorative pin, a rewarding experience, and our deepest gratitude. 

We also are now accepting financial donations to support the mission of the Pulse Project. Many of our members are still experiencing financial hardships due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a member-owned, not-for-profit Cooperative, our resources to help are limited, so the donations collected through the Pulse Project are critical. 

You can sign up to give blood and/or financial donations online, or by calling 406-751-1820.


Two lucky winners will fill their freezer with premium local 4-H/FFA beef!

Ribeye Raffle

FEC supports local 4-H and FFA clubs by purchasing stock each year. Most meat gets donated, but the premium cuts of each beef are raffled off as a fundraiser for our local food banks. Since its inception in 2016, our Ribeye Raffle has raised $17,246 for local food banks.

The winners of our annual Ribeye Raffle will take home approximately 60, one-inch-thick, premium ribeye and t-bone steaks (valued at over $500 per winner).

Tickets are available now for $1 each or six for $5. They can be purchased online or at the Kalispell or Libby Flathead Electric Co-op offices (with cash or check). All proceeds will benefit food banks in Flathead Electric’s service area.

The 2021 Ribeye Raffle Drawing will take place August 24. 


Member Photo Calendar Call for Submissions

Member Photo Calendar

FEC is accepting photo submissions for our Annual Members’ Calendar. The calendar will be printed and available for members in November.

Photos submitted should depict wildlife, scenery, people, activities or anything that represents our unique lifestyle and special corner of Northwest Montana.

To enter, you must be a member of the Co-op and an amateur photographer. Members selected to be featured in the calendar will receive $25, and their name will be published in the calendar.

You can submit up to six photos for consideration by August 31.


Deadline extended to claim free Super Saver Energy Efficiency Kit!

Super Saver Kits

Good news — the deadline for residential members of FEC to order a free Super Saver Energy Efficiency Kit has been extended to August 31 (or while supplies last). 

Valued at over $80, these free kits contain a combination of materials designed to save energy and money (like LED bulbs, energy saving power strips, and high efficiency shower heads). The program not only helps FEC members save energy, but also ensures that the energy efficiency money paid to the Bonneville Power Administration (as part of our rates) gets used to benefit our members instead of being spent in other parts of the region. 

Don’t miss your chance to become a super saver! Claim your free Super Saver Kit now! You can also order by calling 406-751-4483.


Co-op Connection

Get to know the people working for you

Mike Stahlberg

Meet Mike Stahlberg – Energy Services Representative

Q. What do you bring to your Co-op? 

A. I bring over 20 years of experience as an electrician and working with other trades, which helps me interact with a diverse group of people.

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

A. The people. The Flathead Electric staff is made up of a varied group of talented people, which makes the Co-op a great place to work. A lot of that talent goes into serving the members. 

Q. If you had a superpower, what would it be? 

A. Omniscience would be good. It would be nice never having to wonder about a decision made or advice given to a member…or where I left my glasses.


Roundup Report

Grant to help Kalispell Police provide safer outcomes

Kalispell Police Department
Kalispell Police Department

An $8,999 Roundup for Safety grant to the Kalispell Police Department will be used to purchase a drone they say has the potential to save lives. The drone will enable responders to decide the best course of action by assessing scenes and hazards to determine safe routes for reaching potential victims, team members, and suspects. They say the drone will increase the chance of a safe outcome for all parties involved in a critical incident. 

June Projects Funded

  • ASSIST Flathead Valley
    Bariatric wheelchair $800
  • Mountain Brook Homestead Foundation
    Playground safety enhancements $2,288

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.