Wood County Electric Cooperative's board of directors has appointed longtime WCEC member, Kenneth R. Langley, as the representative of WCEC's district three.  Langley replaces Dennis Wright, who has resigned after 35 years of dedicated board service.
Langley will serve the remainder of Wright's three year term.  WCEC's district three encompasses the areas of Hainesville, Hawkins, Hoard, Pine Mills, Red Springs and Winona, as well as areas east of Lindale and Mineola.
Wright began serving on the WCEC Board in 1981.  In addition to serving as the district three representative, he has also acted as vice president of the board since 1998.  During Wright's tenure, he achieved the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association's highest certification, Credentialed Cooperative Director. 
Board President Pat Lindley expressed his thanks for Wright's dedication to WCEC's members, "Our cooperative has seen extraordinary growth and vast technology changes over Dennis' 35 years of service.  He has helped shepherd the cooperative into a new era, while remaining focused on balancing safety, efficiency, affordability and reliability.  He has been a steady, thoughtful and conservative guide.  I value our time spent together on the board, as well as his personal friendship."
Langley, a WCEC member since 1988, was born and raised in Winona, TX.  He attended high school there, followed by studies at Tyler Junior College and the National Fire Academy.  He was a career firefighter, serving with the Tyler Fire Department where he achieved the rank of Captain before retiring after over 30 years of service.  He also owned and operated two businesses - Ken's Country Store and Red Springs Feed, both in Red Springs. 
Over the years, Langley has served his community as both a director and president of the board of Winona Independent School District.  For over 20 years he has served as a board member of Sand Flat Water Supply, where he is the secretary/treasurer.  He is a past board member of the Smith County Jr. Livestock Show and a lifetime member and committeeman of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. 
He and his wife of over 40 years, Rosie, reside on their working cattle ranch near Red Springs.  They have three children and 8 grandchildren. 
Of Langley's appointment, Lindley said, "Kenneth has dedicated his life to public service, not only with his profession, but with acts of long-term volunteerism.  His understanding of utility systems, emergency response, board governance, and volunteerism, should serve the membership well.  The entire board is pleased to have him join us."

$6,000 in Scholarships Available for Adult Students
CEC is currently accepting applications from adult students interested in receiving college scholarship money. For the third year, there will be 3 $2,000 scholarships offered through the Power Upward Scholarship.
To be eligible for the $2,000 scholarship, applicants must be 21 years old or older and must be an active WCEC member or member spouse living on the system. Adult children of members do not qualify.
The applicant cannot previously have won a scholarship from WCEC. The Applicant must be accepted into a college, trade school or another postsecondary program, and must be registered for a minimum of nine credit hours, or be the equivalent of a full-time student.
Members who wish to apply should complete and submit an official application with two current letters of reference pertaining to this effort, and a 500-word essay describing the following:
  • Reasons for continuing your education.
  • Why you have chosen your particular field of study.
  • How the degree or certificate will help you with your future goals.
These programs are funded entirely by unclaimed capital credit payments returned to WCEC by the state of Texas. All entries must be received at WCEC headquarters by November 16 . Late entries will not be considered. Applications are available on wcec.org under the Community Programs tab, or by calling the cooperative at (903) 763-2203.

September is Preparedness Month
Its a great time to make sure you know the fastest ways to report an outage. You can call our outage hotline at 1-866-415-2951 or text in you outage.  You can read about outage texting here.
Safety Tips  
Don't use extension cords for long-term purposes. They're not as durable as the cords on your electric appliances and they can overheat and cause fires if they're plugged in and forgotten. 

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Energy Efficiency Tips 
Back to School Saving

With school back in session remember to adjust your thermostat based on your new schedule. Raising your thermostat 2 degrees during warmer months when no one is home can save as much as 10% on your cooling cost. 


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