Area Students Participate in Youth Day

State Senators Andy Manar and Chapin Rose and Representatives Avery Bourne and Dan Caulkins met with students representing Shelby Electric Cooperative during the Illinois Electric and Telephone Cooperatives Youth Day in Springfield on Wednesday, April 3. Youth Day is designed to introduce young rural leaders to state government. More than 235 students representing 23 co-ops from across the state attended the event.

Co-op Employees Donate to Area Food Pantry

On behalf of the employees at Shelby Electric Cooperative, Heidi Hall and Kevin Bernson recently dropped off a check and some donated food items to the Edinburg Food Pantry. The cooperative rotates each year which area food pantry to make their donations to.

The EMA Edinburg Food Pantry serves the Edinburg School District area. It is open every Saturday from 10AM-11AM and by special appointments. It is a free choice food pantry. Donations welcome. If you wish to volunteer please contact them. Call (217) 972-3847 or (217) 565-9558.

CEO Class Visits Co-op

Shelby Electric Cooperative (SEC) President and CEO Josh Shallenberger recently hosted the Shelby County CEO class at the cooperative’s headquarters. Students learned that SEC serves and maintains over 2,000 miles of line, while serving approximately 4.5 members per mile of line.

Linemen training turns into a Lineman being saved

Story by Victoria A. Rocha

     Shelby Electric Cooperative’s Kevin Carlen had completed “hurt man” rescue training and was on his way down, when he lost consciousness at the top of the pole.
At 22 feet in the air, the forestry line foreman had suffered a cardiac arrest. “He kicked back so hard that his feet came out of the pole. Basically, he was just laying in his belt,” said Thad France, a safety instructor at the Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives in Springfield.

80th Annual Meeting Highlights

Members of all ages enjoyed themselves at Shelby Electric Cooperative’s 80th Annual Meeting held Friday, June 8 at the Shelby County 4-H Fairgrounds in Shelbyville. Balloon animals, face painting, bounce houses and more delighted youngsters. Others enjoyed the barbeque pork chop dinner, provided by the Pork Producers of Shelby County, while being entertained by The Hood Family Band and Live Line Demo, Inc.