WIEC Annual Meeting held June 28

Common goals and shared purposes was the theme of Western Illinois Electrical Coop.’s (WIEC) 79th annual meeting held Thursday, June 28 at the Hancock County Extension Center.

            Manager Tommie Long, who retired on June 29 after more than 40 years of service to the cooperative, said as a nation, we seem divided, but that is not the cooperative way. “For the past 80 years, employees, directors and you, the members, have had the common goal of providing safe, reliable, cost-effective electricity to a membership that has had a mission to bring power to the rural areas now served by WIEC,” he said. “WIEC was created for you, the member-owner, and to this day is successful due to the employees, the board of directors and the members working together.”

Long announced that Manager of Operations Todd Grotts will be taking over as the cooperative’s manager, saying, “Todd will be dedicated to continuing WIEC’s goals and mission. He is fair, congenial, family-oriented and a man of faith.”

President Rob Gronewold highlighted the employees’ commitment to member service, saying, “If you would add up all 16 WIEC employees’ work experience, you would have almost 250 years of total employment. It is hard in today’s world to find dedication like that.”

Gronewold honored Billing Coordinator Karmen Metternich for 20 years’ service to the co-op, Area Serviceman Cody Grainger was recognized for 15 years of service, and Journeyman Lineman Andy Lafeber, who was unable to be at the meeting due to an outage, was also recognized for 15 years of service.

A wooden plaque honoring former Billing Coordinator Clarabelle Marshall and all other retirees was presented to the cooperative by her son, Curtis Marshall. Gronewold said, “Clarabelle loved her job and loved serving the WIEC members. She took great pride in doing her job with great accuracy and attention to detail because that is what the members deserved.”

Grand prize winners were:   Johnnie M. Tobias, Lewis I Mohr, David B. Wetzel, Laura Iutzi Mosena,  and LEW LLC c/o Edward Wilson.

WIEC partners with Air Evac

Western Illinois Electrical Coop.‘s residential members have the opportunity to join Air Evac Lifeteam (part of the AirMedCare Network)  program through an affordable billing plan.  This is an easy and affordable way to get the fast air transportation you and your family may need someday in an emergency.

Members have the option to choose the convenience of paying a monthly fee or an annual fee.

Options are:

  • Option 1 – A monthly fee will appear right on your monthly WIEC bill. Members can pay for their Air Evac Lifeteam membership when they pay their electric bill.
  • Option 2 – WIEC members can enroll annually and pay an annual fee directly to Air Evac.
  • Option 3 – Memberships for longer than one year are available as well.
    (Contact our office for  pricing and details.)

As a member, you’re covered by the entire AirMedCare Network—hundreds of bases across 32 states—with continuous expansion of additional bases. AirMedCare is known as providing air medical services to medically underserved areas of rural America.  And WIEC is known for providing our members with the best customer service.

They have joined together to improve the quality of life to those they serve.

Call the WIEC office for more details.

2018 Youth to Washington WebQuiz Contest is open


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Deadline for entry is February 15, 2018.

2018 IEC Memorial Scholarships Available

Twelve IEC Memorial Scholarships Available for 2019

Western Illinois Electrical Cooperative has announced that the Illinois electric cooperatives in 2019 will award eleven academic scholarships worth $2,000 each to high school seniors.  These memorial scholarships were designed to financially assist deserving students in the “electric cooperative family.” In addition, a twelfth scholarship will be offered to assist with costs in attending an electric line-worker school.


2016 Scholarship Winner, Carly Garnett


For more information,  visit Scholarship link under News tab.


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