November 2019 Light READING Newsletter

November 2019 Light Reading

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Pulse Project 2019 brought out our local Super Heroes

“I donate. What’s your super power?”

The theme of Flathead Electric Co-op’s second annual Pulse Project event brought out the inner super hero of everyone who participated, and was by all accounts a huge success! We are so humbled by the support of our members and community that it is difficult to convey the extent of our gratitude, but we’re going to give it a try:


Blood Donors

Thank you to the 127 people who donated a pint of blood!

The pint of blood you donated can save up to three lives (that’s a total potential of 381 lives saved) and improve the quality of life for others. This will aid both of our local blood service organizations, American Red Cross and Vitalant, in their responsibilities to supply our hospitals and others in need.

First Time Donors

Thank you to the 32 first-time donors, who rose to the challenge!

There is an ongoing and critical shortage of blood, and a growing population of regular donors greatly contributes to a more reliable supply. You’ve taken the first (most difficult) step, and we hope you will continue to donate in the future.

Financial Sponsors

Thank you to our sponsors!

The other essential need provided by the Pulse Project is energy assistance funds to help our members who are experiencing a temporary financial crisis. As a not-for-profit, member-owned cooperative, FEC’s ability to help is limited. Thanks to your generous support, we can assist these members in their time of need.

Pulse DropSince 2018, the Pulse Project, FEC’s flagship event, has effectively met essential needs in our community by achieving two goals: hosting mass community blood drives to collect 266 life-saving pints, and raising over $31,000 in energy assistance funds for local families in need. None of these remarkable efforts would have been possible without people and businesses like you and yours, so thank you super heroes! We’ll see you again next year.


Your capital credit check will arrive in time for the holiday shopping season

Capital Credits

When you signed up to receive electric service from Flathead Electric Cooperative, you became a member-owner of the Co-op. While investor-owned utilities return a portion of any profits back to their investors, the benefit of being a Co-op member is that electric cooperatives allocate excess revenue to members as “capital credits,” and retire–or pay–them when the Co-op’s financial condition permits.

This year, the FEC Board of Trustees has elected to retire a percentage of the capital credits that were allocated to member accounts in 2007. In December, over 38,000 checks in excess of $2.5 million will be mailed to our members.

Check out the graphic below to see if you have a check coming from your Co-op next month.

Were you an FEC member in 2007?

If so, you’ll receive a capital credit retirement check.

Were you an FEC member in 2018?

If so, you’ll receive an allocation notice.

Were you an FEC member in both 2007 and 2018?

If so, you’ll receive a capital credit retirement check and an allocation notice (one statement).

If you were not a member in 2007 or 2018, you will not receive a check or an allocation notice this year.


Opportunity for local high school students:


All-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C.

The deadline is approaching to apply for next year’s Washington, D.C. Youth Tour. Each June, the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) Youth Tour to Washington, D.C. sends more than 1,500 high-school students from across the country to the nation’s capital. Students learn about the history of our country and the role electric cooperatives played in that history, and they’ll also  meet with their congressional delegation.

Flathead Electric Co-op offers two all-expense-paid trips to the Youth Tour each year to high school sophomores or juniors from schools in the Flathead Electric service territory. The student’s parent or guardian must be served by Flathead Electric Cooperative.


Hassle Free

Because managing your electric account shouldn’t be a hassle

Like you, we want to spend our time enjoying life’s precious moments.

That’s why we offer the “My Co-op” mobile app to make managing your electric account easy. Review your energy usage, pay your bill and manage your account quickly at your fingertips. Save those few extra moments for the more important things in life.

App Update

App Update: New Look. New Experience. Same App.

Our My Co-op mobile app underwent a facelift! The new look is available as an update in the Apple Store or Google Play Marketplace starting the week of October 28, 2019. In addition to a fresh look and feel, you’ll enjoy faster and easier access to the features you need to manage your electric account, and a new home screen that gives you the critical information about your account at a glance.

You don’t need to do anything special to load this new release – it will follow the same process as other mobile app updates on your device.


Co-op Connection

Get to know the people working for you

Paul Austin Roundup for Safety Director – District 1

Q. What do you bring to the Roundup for Safety Board?

A. My career in public safety, along with involvement in other community non-profits, allows a perspective that aligns well with the focus of this funding, which is to address human life and safety hazards in our neighborhoods.

Q. What’s the best thing about serving as a Director?

A. It’s invigorating to learn about the amazing dedication of our local community leaders working to collectively make this a better place to live.

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

A. I’d probably say speed. The ability to be faster (more efficient) would be useful in all walks of life. Work projects? Done. Dishes? Done. Splitting wood? Done.



Roundup Report

Solar safety for Granite Park Chalet

Granite Park Chalet
Granite Park Chalet, courtesy Jill Bridgeman, Glacier Conservancy

A $6,420 Roundup for Safety grant will be used to replace an obsolete solar power system at the historic Granite Park Chalet in Glacier National Park. Applicants say that with demand on the Highline Trail (now regularly exceeding 2,000 hikers a day), having reliable 24/7, two-way radio communication capability is critical. The new PV system will also allow for the charging of maintenance equipment and lighting, which will improve the safety of workers as well as visitors to the site.

October Projects Funded

  • Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office
    K-9 Drug Unit $4,000
  • Creston Elementary District 9
    Bleachers and 12 inch mats $5,750
  • Kalispell School District 5
    Student app for suicide prevention $1,450
  • Crown of the Continent Choir
    Wooden Risers $3,000
  • Flathead County 4-H Foundation
    Two AEDs $2,000
  • Trinity Lutheran
    CPR Manikins, CPR and AED Trainer $4,000
  • Whitefish Christian Academy
    Emergency door, lights, and fencing $3,000

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.

To apply for a Roundup for Safety grant, visit Roundup for Safety. Thank you to the thousands of Flathead Electric members who round up their bill for safety! Together, we are making a difference in our community.