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CO-OP DIRECTOR ELECTIONS PROCEED

Much like this time last year, the EnerStar cooperative director elections will proceed with the originally scheduled annual meeting date of June 24, 2021. Voting instructions, candidate biographies, and ballots will be mailed to all active members in mid-May.

Completed ballots should be placed in the return envelope that will be provided. If you are voting for more than one membership, please keep the ballots separate, as in do not combine in one mailing. Also, do not include any other correspondence such as payment on your electric bill.

Ballots can be returned two ways:

Mail your ballot in the pre-addressed, stamped envelope. Mail in ballots must be received by June 24, 2021.

Or hand-deliver the ballot in the sealed envelope to the EnerStar office (if the lobby is open) or place in the night drop box at 11597 IL Hwy 1, Paris, IL.

Ballots will be counted by cooperative members who have agreed to serve as Election Inspectors and the cooperative attorney on June 25, 2021. Results will be announced at that time. Please call us at 800-635-4145 during the normal business hours of Monday through Friday, 7:30 am to 4:30 pm if you have any questions.

EnerStar annual meeting postponed

For the protection of our members and employees and to fully comply with the governor’s Restore Illinois plan, the EnerStar Electric Cooperative Annual Meeting of Members, scheduled for June 24, 2021, has been postponed.

The cooperative is closely monitoring the COVID pandemic situation and the state mandates limiting social gatherings. Members will be notified via US Mail of the rescheduled date. Updated information will also be included in this monthly magazine and social media platforms. The cooperative is looking at dates in September but unable to make venue commitments at this time.

The coronavirus pandemic has created uncertainty for all of us during this unprecedented time. However, we want to assure you, our member-owners, that our commitment to your energy needs will not waver. As always, our priority is reliable power delivery to the communities we serve.

Former EnerStar Youth Tour participant earns scholarship

Bethanny Lawson, former youth tour alumna from EnerStar Electric Cooperative, Paris, was chosen as one of six recipients of the annual Glenn English National Cooperative Leadership Foundation Scholarship.

Lawson recently graduated from Waldorf University with a degree in business administration. She is currently working as a legislative correspondent for the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C. and applying to law schools for the 2021-22 school year. 

“I decided on pursuing business and law after interning at the White House in the office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy Coordination,” says Lawson. “I learned a lot about management, the American workforce, and the strengths and weaknesses of our government. I caught the ‘D.C. bug’ in full force when I attended the 2018 Youth to Washington tour.” 

EnerStar scores high on survey

During summer 2020, EnerStar conducted a member satisfaction survey, which provides the co-op with an American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) score and a Cooperative Attitude and Performance Scores (CAPS). The survey, conducted by the Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives, determines member satisfaction, perceptions on cooperative performance, attitudes toward energy efficiency, communications, and much more.

“We are very thankful for the response from our membership. We are one of the smaller electric cooperatives in Illinois and the 466 surveys completed from throughout the EnerStar system points to a very engaged membership,” said EnerStar’s Angela Griffin. “The survey provides us a good benchmarking tool to see how we are doing and areas we can improve on.”

CAPSTONE (CAPS) is an industry-specific benchmarking tool being used by cooperatives nationwide to gauge performance in service areas deemed important to cooperative members. Of 20,000 plus members surveyed across the nation, three service variables were consistently rated most important are all areas that in which Enerstar ranked high: the co-op is trustworthy, the co-op is well-managed, and the co-op truly cares about its members.

“EnerStar routinely looks at financial ratios to study how we compare to other Illinois electric cooperatives and to like-sized co-ops across the nation,” said Griffin. “These member surveys give us another angle to put our cooperative under the microscope. We appreciate the high marks but the insight provided helps us to continue to improve and give our members the best possible experience we can offer.”

Lineworker Appreciation Day - April 12

Build. Maintain. Repair. Repeat. That’s how lineworkers power our lives.

If you were asked to associate an image or a person with EnerStar, I bet you would picture a lineman. One of the most visible employees of the co-op, linemen work tirelessly to ensure our community receives virtually uninterrupted power 24/7.

EnerStar searching for former members 1987 - 1988

As a not-for-profit rural electric cooperative, EnerStar is owned by the members who receive electricity from our cooperative. At the end of the year, after all the revenues have been collected and all the expenses are paid, the remaining margins (profits) are allocated to members who received electric service during the year. These are called capital credits. They represent member equity in our cooperative. 

Board petitions still available

The annual meeting of members is tentatively set for June 24, 2021 and the April 26, 2021 deadline to submit petitions is fast approaching. If you are interested in running for the EnerStar Board of Directors, pick up your petition now!

Prior to receiving a petition, candidates should verify with cooperative personnel that they reside within an open Representative District. Petitions require the signatures of 15 EnerStar active members who live in the candidate’s Voting District. 

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