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August 2020
Capital Credits Delayed

Members saw an allocation on their July electric bill, but the capital credit retirement will be delayed.

The board of trustees elected to delay the retirement of capital credits after concluding that the impact on revenue due to weather and the global pandemic needs to be reevaluated before making a decision that could alter the financial stability of the cooperative. 
“Earlier in the spring we communicated to members that we were going to see some financial impacts due to the weather,” said Steve Foss, FreeState CEO. “But we didn’t anticipate a global pandemic.” 
“The pandemic did impact our revenue, but, with changes we made as a staff, we were able to mitigate drastic measures and maintain our projected budget,” Foss said. “But part of maintaining was the decision to delay the payment of capital credits.” 
Foss said that once the moratorium on disconnection for nonpayment was lifted, and as the weather shifts to warmer temperatures the board is optimistic that capital credit payments may come later in the year. 
“The cooperative has gotten to a point where we are looking at how we are going to move forward,” said Foss. 
Once the board of trustees makes a decision regarding capital credits, FreeState will communicate that information with our consumer-members. 
Fall Events Canceled

Board of Trustees decides to cancel member appreciation events amid ongoing public health concerns.

The Community Health Fair, that was scheduled for Sept. 23, and the Community Energy Fair, which was scheduled for Oct. 28 have been canceled. 
“Our concern for our community extends to the overall health and welfare of our members,” said Steve Foss, CEO. “With growing concerns over an uptick in the spread of COVID-19, we have made the difficult decision to cancel these events this year.” 
The Centers for Disease Control’s “All of Community” approach to slowing the transmission of COVID-19 includes minimizing social contact.
“We are disappointed that we’ll miss our members this fall,” said Sarah Farlee, public relations and marketing specialist, who plans the events. “But, the fact of the matter is we want our members and vendors, and communities to stay healthy and we have a responsibility to help our communities and members to stay healthy."
“Our health fair has grown and the space we have in McLouth would force us to limit the number of vendors or attendees, and we didn’t want to do that.” 
FreeState continues to operate normally and monitor the situation to keep employees safe. “The situation we’re facing is still fluid, and if you need us, we’ll be here,” Foss said.
Youth Tour Alumna Shares Memories
Barely missing the Topeka tornado, hearing LBJ speak, meeting (then Congressman) Bob Dole and checking out the engagement ring of the First Daughter, were just a few highlights Patricia (Page) Smith remembers from her trip to Washington, D.C. in 1966.

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