KEA’s 2017 Employee and Director Service Awards

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It is always a tremendous honor to recognize our employees as they achieve length of service milestones.  We recognized ten employees and  three directors for length of service at KEA’s Annual Membership Meeting on Monday, April 24.  Thank you for your efforts to “keep the lights on”!

Employees:

5 Years:  Dustin Egdorf – Line Superintendent

10 Years:  Rocky Fraser – Journeyman Lineman, Dan Menth – Manager of Finance and Administration, Jennifer Richcreek – Regulatory Specialist, Aaron Still – Maintenance/Relief Operator, and Dean Wise – Linecrew Foreman

15 Years:  Mike Kane – Chief Electrician/Technician

20 Years:  Robert Lindsey – Dispatcher/Operator

25 Years:  Ronald Sternberg – Maintenance Operator/Electrician – Terror lake

30 Years:  Jim Devlin – Manager of Operations and Engineering

Directors:

10 Years:  Jay Johnson – Director

20 Years:  Cliff Davidson – Chairman

Outgoing Director:

9 Years:  Cecil Ranney – Director

Congratulations to all!

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KEA’s 2017 Scholarship Program: $37,000 in Awards!

At the 2017 KEA Annual Membership Meeting on Monday, April 24, fifteen (15) scholarship awards totaling $37,000 were presented.  Since our first scholarship award in 1990, KEA has given 334 local students financial assistance in attending post-secondary schools, for a total amount of $703,000 in scholarships!

Academic Scholarship Recipients pictured here from left to right: Al Asuncion, Celestina Cruz, Mariel Garcia, and Anna McDonald.  (Not pictured:  John Dunlop, Honey Rose Macatuno, and Keith Osowski.)  Vocational/Career and Technical Education Scholarship Recipients pictured here from left to right: Anthony Alvey and Angel Igayac. (Not pictured: Sadie Thomas.)  Our Full-Time Continuing Education Scholarship Recipient pictured here:  Ayaka Ikawa.  (Not pictured: Art Glenn Alejandro, Alicia Kostelecky, and Steel McNeil.) Our Part-Time Continuing Education Scholarship Recipient:  Tania Silva-Johnson.

Support of education and training is one of the seven principles that guide cooperatives in reflecting the best interest of their members.  Our scholarship program was designed to offer financial assistance to selected graduating seniors and continuing education students who show leadership potential and the capacity to make a significant contribution to the Kodiak or Port Lions community upon completion of their formal education.

The four categories of scholarships KEA offers are:  Academic, Vocational/Career and Technical Education, Full-Time Continuing Education, and Part-Time Continuing Education.  The amounts and numbers of scholarships awarded by KEA are determined each year through action taken by the KEA Board of Directors.  The largest Academic Scholarship is the Marion Soule Scholarship, totaling $15,000 over four years.  All KEA scholarships are funded through the KEA Educational Foundation, Inc., and donations are tax deductible.  The scholarships are funded by KEA’s Operation Round Up® Program, donated capital credits, and cash donations.

KEA’s scholarship funds are disbursed to the financial aid or admission office of the student’s chosen college or university.  The funds may be used for registration, tuition, books, room and board.  Any funds not used revert back to the KEA Educational Foundation, Inc.

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KEA’s 75th Annual Membership Meeting – Powering Our Community for 75 Years!

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Thank you to everyone who attended our 75th Annual Membership Meeting on April 24, 2017 in the Kodiak Harbor Convention Center!  Two hundred and thirty (230) members were registered when registration concluded, and every registered member was a winner!  Each received a $75 electric energy credit applied to their account in recognition of the 75th anniversary.

Following delightful refreshments by the Best Western Kodiak Inn, Java Flats, and Kodiak Safeway, the meeting kicked off with Boy Scouts of America Troop #626, led by Assistant Scout Master Mike Munson, bringing in the colors and leading the Pledge of Allegiance.  Following a Moment of Silence to honor those serving in the military, KEA employee Katrina Refior recognized the winners of the 2017 Fourth Grade Electrical Safety Drawing Contest.  They are:  Claire Harper – first place, Bianni Penaloza – second place, and Jasmin Samson – third place.  The winning drawings will be on display in our Member Services department for the next year.  KEA’s electrical safety program reinforces the importance of electrical safety and is presented to fourth grade classes every year.

As a tribute to the 75th Anniversary Meeting, two Special “KEA Reflections” speeches were presented by Director Gordon Gould and Director Mike Brechan. They respectively explained “The Way the Lights Came On”, and “The Building of Terror Lake. Reports were presented by Chairman Cliff Davidson, Secretary/Treasurer Stosh Anderson, and President/CEO Darron Scott.  They discussed KEA’s strong financial status, low and consistent rates, and maintaining 99.7% of power generated by renewables in 2016. KEA continues to move closer to the construction of the Upper Hidden Basin Diversion for Terror Lake to ensure that KEA has enough cost effective renewable energy to supply our community for years to come. The project is to divert water from two high altitude streams into Terror Lake, and would provide approximately 25% more water to Terror Lake.

Other meeting highlights included Employee and Director Recognition, Scholarship Presentations, Door Prize Drawings, and a presentation by Tally Committee Co-Chair Kate Loewen on the election results for the three seats on the Board of Directors.  The Annual Membership Meeting photos were taken by Dake Schmidt Photography.

Leslie Watson and Melissa Witteveen/Tyler Kornelis won the two prize trips to tour the Terror Lake Hydroelectric Facility, and  Robert Breckberg and Matthew Delgado/Chantelle Bartleson were drawn as the winners of the two Grand Prizes – $750 Electricity Certificates – congratulations!

Mark your calendar and make plans to join us next year for our 76th Annual Membership Meeting in April, 2018!

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KEA 2017 Board Election Results

The KEA Board of Directors 2017/2018

A total of 230 registered members were in attendance at KEA’s 75th Annual Membership Meeting on April 24, 2017 when registration concluded.  Thank you to everyone who worked to make it a success, and to all those who attended!

The Balloting Results were: Ron Acarregui – 764 votes,  Cliff Ford – 623 votes, Terry Haines – 353 votes, Tyler Kornelis – 412 votes, and Ben Millstein – 651 votes.   As a result of the election, Ron Acarregui, Cliff Ford, and Ben Millstein were seated in three-year terms of office.

At a Board Meeting on April 25, 2017, the Board ratified election results, elected officers, and set the date and time for the monthly Regular Board meetings for the upcoming year.  The results of the election of officers were:  Chairman – Cliff Davidson, Vice Chairman – Ron Acarregui, and Secretary/Treasurer – Stosh Anderson.

The monthly Regular Meetings of the Board of Directors will be held on the fourth Thursday of every month, and will begin at noon, with exceptions in the months of  November and December, 2017. The next meeting is scheduled for April 27, 2017.

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KEA’s 2017 Annual Membership Meeting is on April 24!

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Remember how much fun the 74th Annual Membership Meeting was? Enjoy these memories from the event!

You’re invited to come to the 75th Annual KEA Membership Meeting on Monday, April 24 in the Kodiak Harbor Convention Center!

The doors will open for registration at 5:45 p.m. and the Business Meeting will start at 6:30 p.m.

Learn more about YOUR electric cooperative, hear election results, win great door prizes, visit with your friends and neighbors, and enjoy refreshments by the Best Western Kodiak Inn/Java Flats/Kodiak Safeway.

See you there…on Monday, April 24!

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KEA Old Headquarters Building Under Demolition

Demolition of the old KEA Headquarters Building on Marine Way Begins

The old KEA Headquarters Building located at 515 E. Marine Way in Kodiak is under demolition. Golden Alaska Excavating LLC is working to demolish the principal structure and all accessory structures located on the property, and to dispose of all debris.  The demolition is expected to be complete by the end of April.

The old building was built in 1965 and housed KEA’s Member Services operations and the Finance and Administrative offices. Employees of the Power Generation department were located in the building behind the Hartman Substation adjacent to the structure, while the Operations and Engineering employees were housed at 1711 Chichenoff Street.  As time passed, the building became old and inefficient, was within the tsunami zone, and was too costly to renovate.

The (new) current KEA Headquarters is located at 1614 Mill Bay Road, and was built adjacent to land already owned and utilized by the electric cooperative for its maintenance complex on Chichenoff Street. For years, KEA management had been looking at the concept to create a campus environment that would integrate all of KEA’s departments into one convention location to better serve cooperative members. Plans for the new building began in earnest in the fall of 2012, when an apartment building on Mill Bay Road caught fire, rendering that structure uninhabitable, and the land went up for sale.  The new building was designed for improved customer service, more efficient management of utility functions, and increased synergies among departments.  Ground was broken in 2014, and construction was completed on schedule and within budget for all departments to move in October 5, 2015. The building incorporates modern “green” energy savings and maintenance cost savings features.

KEA and Golden Alaska Excavating LLC request that you use caution as you drive along Marine Way and the demolition area, and help us to keep everyone safe. We appreciate your patience and apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

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2017 KEA Board Candidate Election – It’s Time to Vote!

2017 KEA Voting Packet

The Notice of KEA’s 75th Annual Membership Meeting, Voting Packet and Annual Report were mailed to all KEA members on March 30.  Have YOU voted yet?

Your signed post-marked ballot envelope enters YOU into grand prize drawings for two (2) $750 certificates for free electricity!

Remember to mark and return your ballot by mail in the postage-paid envelope provided.  Make your vote count…the last pickup of ballots at the U.S. Post Office will be at noon on Friday, April 21.  Vote early!

All members actively participate in setting the cooperative’s policies and in making decisions through your locally elected Board of Directors.  Every member of the cooperative has a voice and a vote.

Election results will be announced at KEA’s Annual Membership Meeting on Monday, April 24 in the Kodiak Harbor Convention Center.  The doors will open at 5:45 p.m., and the meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m.  Mark your calendar and make plans to attend this exciting community event!  Every member who registers and attends the meeting will receive an Electric Energy Credit!

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