2012 County Fairs
The one word to best describe this year’s county fairs is “HOT”. 4-H participants and community members braved the heat this year to attend the fairs. In an effort to combat the extreme heat, WIN Energy REMC employees distributed collapsible hand fans from their exhibitor booths at the Gibson, Sullivan and Knox county fairs.
WIN Energy also promoted the International Year of Cooperatives, with table displays, banners and literature explaining what makes cooperatives different. One way cooperatives are different is by their commitment to the community, which is one of the seven core principles that make up the cooperative business model. Participating and supporting the local county fairs is just one way we are committed to our communities.
Information was also available on programs and services that are available to WIN Energy members, as well as information on electrical safety.
One night at each fair was dedicated to promoting electrical safety through the use of a tabletop safety demonstration. We all use electricity in our everyday lives and can face potentially dangerous electrical situations. Knowing how to live, work and play around electricity safely is a message that WIN Energy tries to promote throughout the local communities. The fairs provided an opportunity to get that message out.
As a cooperative, WIN Energy REMC is committed to the communities we serve and is proud to support and participate in the county fairs. WIN Energy congratulates all 4-H participants for their hard work on their projects and animals.
Knox County Touch-A-Truck
Vincennes Park and Recreation Department held the 3rd annual Touch-A-Truck event Saturday September 24, 2011 at Gregg Park in Vincennes. Children were able to get a hands on experience with many different types of vehicles, including a WIN Energy REMC bucket truck. Many children got an idea of what it is like to be a lineman by trying on a hard hat and lineman gloves and exploring the bucket truck. Some chose to get inside the bucket while others preferred to turn the steering wheel and honk the horn. To the right is a slide show of the day's event.
2011 County Fairs
This year we had booths at three county fairs: Gibson, Knox and Sullivan counties. The focus of our booths was electrical safety. The slideshow above includes pictures from all three fairs. We took the opportunity to educate the public on important safety information. Safety demonstrations were presented several nights at each county fair. Knowing how to live, work and play around electricity safely is information that is not only important but may even save a life. Also, in an effort to help combat the extreme heat we distributed free bottled water and hand fans to those attending the fairs. If you visited one of our booths at the fair this year we thank you and hope that you found the safety demonstration beneficial.
South Knox Summer Program
South Knox Elementary offers an excellent opportunity for their gifted and talented students in grade levels 4, 5 & 6 who maintain good grades and conduct records. The program runs two weeks in the summer and students have the opportunity to hear from guest speakers from the area and to be involved in advanced learning activities.
Leslie Beard, Manager of Marketing and Communications at WIN Energy REMC visited the students on July 8 to talk about energy efficiency in the home and at school. Students learned how electricity is generated in the power plants and about the effect that burning coal has on our environment. The focus was on what they can do in their homes and school to save energy.
Students were shown the importance of having an energy efficient home including proper insulation, window and door sealing, thermostat settings, energy star appliances and the installation of compact fluorescent (CFL) light bulbs. They were able to see a demonstration of how much electricity an incandescent light bulb uses compared to a CFL bulb. A display using an electric meter was used to show the students that the meter spins much faster when the incandescent light bulb is on and that it also radiates more heat than a CFL bulb.