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Stay spooktacularly safe this Halloween

Stay spooktacularly safe this Halloween

October 29, 2019 – Candy, costumes, pumpkins and trick-or-treating are just a few things that come to mind when Halloween comes to town. It is easy to forget the most important part of Halloween…safety! Below are a few tips to keep in mind to have a spooktacularly safe Halloween night:

Choose costume wisely:
Whether your tot wants to be a princess or a villain, be sure that any costume you buy is flame-resistant, flame-retardant and/or non-combustible. It is also wise to skip on swords, masks or any accessories that could be dangerous while trick-or-treating after dark. If an accessory like a sword is a must, seek out props that are short, soft and flexible.

Driving cautiously:
Drive slowly, watching for children in roadways, medians and near curbs. If at all possible, do not drive on Halloween night, and especially do not allow new or inexperienced drivers to frolic around town when there will be so many children out in dark clothes and costumes.

Walk in groups:
Never trick-or-treat alone. It is best to walk in groups with at least one adult. It is also smart to bring flashlights with you, and fasten reflective tape to costumes and trick-or-treat bags for better visibility.

Thoroughly check candy:
All candy and goodies collected should be examined by an adult before eating to ensure there are no choking hazards or signs of tampering.

LCEC wishes you and yours a safe and fun Halloween!

LCEC’s 8th Annual Goblin Gallop 5K Run/Walk for United Way this Saturday!

October 22, 2019 – LCEC will be holding its 8th Annual LCEC Goblin Gallop 5K to benefit the United Way THIS Saturday, October 26, 2019. Time is running out to register before the price increases on the day of the race! The 5K Run/Walk and Kids Fun Run will be held at Jaycee Park in Cape Coral, Florida. Registration/check-in begins at 7 a.m. and the race starts at 7:30 a.m. The Kids Fun Run will immediately follow the 5K. Advance registration is $25 for ages 18 and over ($30 day of), $20 for ages 13-17 ($30 day of), and $15 for the Kids Fun Run for ages 12 and under. Last year’s event raised over $1,000 for United Way of Lee, Hendry, and Glades Counties with more than 100 runners, walkers, volunteers and supporters attending. For race and sponsorship information, visit https://uw.lcec.net/SitePages/5k.aspx, email 5K@lcec.net or call 239-656-2380.

At LCEC, giving back to our community is a core value. LCEC holds an annual United Way Campaign which includes corporate donations, employee donation pledges, and monies collected through various LCEC fundraising events. All proceeds are donated to United Way who support a local service network of 96 agencies and over 260 programs that create positive change.

New LCEC chief executive officer appointed

October 18, 2019 – After a well thought out selection process, the LCEC Board of Trustees appointed Denise Vidal to the role of executive vice president and chief executive officer at their Board meeting yesterday. “I am honored by the Board’s confidence in me. I couldn’t ask for a better team. With the help of co-workers and the Trustees we will continue to serve our members responsibly,” said Vidal.

Having worked for LCEC in a variety of departments and leadership roles including chief financial officer (CFO), Vidal has a broad understanding and knowledge of the LCEC business model, the utility industry, and the environment in which LCEC operates. She has an impressive track record for cultivating relationships and maintaining financial strength while always supporting the LCEC mission to deliver reliable electricity, competitive rates, and quality service. The Board welcomes Denise to the role and wishes her every success when she moves from her CFO role to the top leadership position on December 1, 2019.

The selection of Vidal is the result of a thorough review process and consideration of the qualifications needed to serve employee and member best interests. “Vidal has vast experience and knowledge of the LCEC business and is a great fit for the leadership competencies that were evaluated as part of the selection process; strategic vision, business acumen, integrity, value-driven decision-making, leading by example, and corporate stewardship. We are excited that she accepted the position,” said Board President, Russell Priddy.

Dennie Hamilton recently announced his November retirement so that he can enjoy the next chapter of his life. “He has been a remarkable leader and responsible for leading the organization throughout his distinguished twelve-year tenure as CEO,” said Priddy. “We are indebted to Dennie for greatly advancing our ability to adapt to change, advancing our integrated business planning process, and serving as a champion for living the LCEC values and giving back to the community.”

Happy National Cooperative Month from LCEC

October 15, 2019 – Every October, cooperatives are recognized and celebrated for the qualities that make their business model unique. Electric cooperatives share a common set of principles and values which benefit the cooperative and consumers alike. The Seven Cooperative Principles for electric cooperatives include: Voluntary and Open Membership, Democratic Member Control, Members’ Economic Participation, Autonomy and Independence, Education, Training, and Information, Cooperation among Cooperatives, and Concern for Community.

National Cooperative Month celebrates the fact that electric cooperatives:
• Employ more than 68,200 Americans, support 97,600 contractors, and 170,900 suppliers
• Account for 42 percent of the nation’s distribution lines and cover 56 percent of the nation’s land mass
• Power more than 20 million homes, schools, and businesses in 47 states
• Generate more than $22 billion in taxes
• Invest $12 billion annually in local economies
• Provide electricity generated by renewable energy sources

Electric cooperatives are governed by a Board of Trustees elected from the ranks of the members. The Board has direct oversight of the policies, finances, and employees who operate LCEC on a day-to-day basis. At LCEC, we have 375+ employees working with one common goal in mind…to serve customers. Since 1940, our focus has been on delivering reliable electricity and quality service at a reasonable rate.

Please join us in celebrating October as National Cooperative Month! And to our LCEC customers, we are proud and thankful to be YOUR cooperative!

LCEC CEO Announces Retirement

October 10, 2019 – Earlier this week, Executive Vice President and CEO, Dennie Hamilton announced that he will retire from LCEC at the end of November after leading the not-for-profit electric cooperative since 2007. “Dennie played a vital part in leading the LCEC organization through critical change and continuous improvement. We are proud of all that LCEC has accomplished under his leadership,” said LCEC Board of Trustee President Russell Priddy. “In particular, it was Dennie’s tenacity for ensuring the best interest of LCEC members and forward thinking that led to multiple successful franchise agreements with local government bodies, competitive rates, quality service, improved reliability, and a complete replacement of the company’s technology systems.”

LCEC customers have not experienced a rate increase in twelve years and rates were reduced five times under Hamilton’s guidance. LCEC earned multiple prestigious awards, countless accolades, and the cooperative was able to return millions in equity to members thanks to the strategic direction he provided.

Hamilton also served in leadership roles for local, state, and national organizations such as the Florida Reliability Coordinating Council, the North American Reliability Corporation, the Southwest Florida Community Foundation, the Southwest Florida Economic Development Alliance, Healthy Lee, and the Foundation of Lee County Public Schools. “While we share Dennie’s excitement for enjoying retirement and the next chapter of his life, there is never a good time to lose a good person. We respect Dennie’s decision to retire and acknowledge that he will be missed,” said Priddy.

The LCEC Board of Trustees has developed a replacement strategy. Until a successor is announced, the current leadership team and employees will continue to operate the organization.

Power lines and car accidents…what to know

October 8, 2019 – When traumatic situations happen, instincts often tell us to flee. Fleeing a car that has been involved with power lines is not just dangerous, it is life-threatening. Knowing the following information could save your life or the life of a loved one:

STAY IN YOUR CAR
If your car comes in contact with a power pole/line, do NOT leave the car. Your car and the surrounding area of the accident scene could be energized. If you leave the car, you could become the electricity’s path to the ground which could result in serious injury or death from electric shock. It is equally important to not allow bystanders to help as they could be seriously injured or killed.

DIAL 911
Call 911 immediately who will alert the responsible utility. Both will come to your aid ASAP!

WAIT FOR THE OK
Do not exit your car until a utility or emergency worker gives you the OK. The only reason to exit your car is if it on fire. If your car is on fire, jump clear of the vehicle with your feet together and hop away with your feet remaining together.

STAY CALM
Big or small, car accidents are horrifying. The best thing you can do for yourself and all those working to help you is to remain as composed as possible. Remaining calm will help you to listen better to instructions from emergency and utility personnel.

For more ways to stay safe around electricity, visit lcec.net.

LCEC provides Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida with Environmental Funding Award

October 8, 2019 – LCEC announced that it will provide the Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida with a $2,000 environmental funding award to help support the creation of Pathways to Environmental Stewardship, an initiative of the Pathways to Opportunity program. This program is directed to adults with physical and intellectual disabilities. The initiative will conduct activities and classes throughout 2020. Each class and activity aim towards empowering the students to become more aware of how their choices affect the environment around them. Participants will become exposed to various projects where they will repurpose recycled and found items.

To apply for an environmental funding award from LCEC, organizations can email pr@lcec.net to receive an application. The deadlines for 2020 award applications are March 15 and September 1, 2020. Interested organizations must meet certain criteria to be considered for the award including being located within LCEC service territory, funding utilized for projects/programs related to the environment and the utility industry, and having a demonstrated need for funds. This funding award is just one of the many ways that LCEC positively impacts and supports wildlife and the environment.

LCEC provides Monofilament Busters with Environmental Funding Award

October 7, 2019 – LCEC announced that it will provide Monofilament Busters with a $1,020 environmental funding award to fund the creation and printing of Clear your Gear car stickers. The Clear your Gear program was created in 2013 by the Monofilament Busters group to raise awareness that abandoning your fishing gear can either harm or kill wildlife. Monofilament Busters are volunteers who regularly remove tangled fishing gear from vegetation in Lee County.

To apply for an environmental funding award from LCEC, organizations can email pr@lcec.net to receive an application. The deadlines for 2020 award applications are March 15 and September 1, 2020. Interested organizations must meet certain criteria to be considered for the award including being located within LCEC service territory, funding utilized for projects/programs related to the environment and the utility industry, and having a demonstrated need for funds. This funding award is just one of the many ways that LCEC positively impacts and supports wildlife and the environment.

LCEC provides Cape Coral Friends of Wildlife with Environmental Funding Award

October 4, 2019 – LCEC announced that it will provide the Cape Coral Friends of Wildlife with a $1,000 environmental funding award to help support The Cape Coral Burrowing Owl Festival. The festival celebrates and educates the public about Cape Coral’s wildlife and environment. The Cape Coral Burrowing Owl Festival will take place next year at Rotary Park in Cape Coral with activities for children, live animals and nature tours.

To apply for an environmental funding award from LCEC, organizations can email pr@lcec.net to receive an application. The deadlines for 2020 award applications are March 15 and September 1, 2020. Interested organizations must meet certain criteria to be considered for the award including being located within LCEC service territory, funding utilized for projects/programs related to the environment and the utility industry, and having a demonstrated need for funds. This funding award is just one of the many ways that LCEC positively impacts and supports wildlife and the environment.

LCEC provides J.N. Ding Darling Wildlife Society with Environmental Funding Award

October 3, 2019 – LCEC announced that it will provide the J.N. Ding Darling Wildlife Society with a $2,754 environmental funding award to support their second-annual Merit Badge University for local Boy Scouts and Eagle Scouts. At this day-long event, scouts will be given the opportunity to complete two different merit badges pertaining to the mission of J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge.

To apply for an environmental funding award from LCEC, organizations can email pr@lcec.net to receive an application. The deadlines for 2020 award applications are March 15 and September 1, 2020. Interested organizations must meet certain criteria to be considered for the award including being located within LCEC service territory, funding utilized for projects/programs related to the environment and the utility industry, and having a demonstrated need for funds. This funding award is just one of the many ways that LCEC positively impacts and supports wildlife and the environment.

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