Kansas Electric Cooperative Day!
(TOPEKA, KS) - In the late 1930's, cooperatives were being organized across the Sunflower State to bring electricity to farms, homes and businesses and dramatically improve the quality of life in rural Kansas. There were many organizational and operational challenges common across the fledgling industry so in order to efficiently and effectively meet those needs, seven electric cooperative leaders chartered a membership association called Kansas Electric Cooperatives, Inc. (KEC) on August 18, 1941.
Seventy-five years later, the KEC membership celebrated the foresight of those founders during its August 1 Summer Meeting with several special events including receipt of a Gubernatorial Proclamation.
"I commend the membership of Kansas Electric Cooperatives for their dedication to rural values, commitment to community, and dedication to serving Kansans with safe and reliable electric service for homes and businesses," said Governor Sam Brownback. "It is my pleasure to recognize August 18, 2016, as Kansas Electric Cooperatives Day."
Governor Brownback helped commemorate KEC's Diamond Anniversary by reading the full proclamation to the membership and presenting a copy to Kathleen O'Brien, KEC board president, and Bruce Graham, KEC chief executive officer.
"The electric cooperative purpose is as strong today as it was 75 years ago when our founders began to electrify homes and farms. While our challenges may be different, we share the same passion to improve the quality of life and the economy of rural Kansas," said Graham. "The electric cooperatives are proud of our accomplishments and are grateful for the recognition by Governor Brownback and the State of Kansas."
Governor Brownback also hosted electric cooperative leaders in his office on Friday, July 29, where he made the Proclamation official in a signing ceremony.
Pictured Above - Governor Sam Brownback signed the proclamation on July 29 with members of the KEC Executive Committee in attendance. From left: Keith McNickle, KEC Board vice president; Bruce Graham, KEC CEO; Leah Tindle; Gary Frieling; Gov. Brownback; Terry Hobbs, KEC board treasurer; Kathleen O'Brien, KEC board president; Craig Kostman; and Pat Morse.