Rising seniors participated in the Cooperative Youth Tour
Three local students recently returned from the nation’s capital following a trip sponsored by Broad River Electric Cooperative.
Macy Gault, Nicholas Gilbert, and Trenton Dawkins participated in the Electric Cooperative Washington Youth Tour from June 10 until June 15. They joined other rising seniors from across the country to learn about our government, electric cooperatives, and leadership.
All three students excel in the classroom and are active in their schools, churches and communities. Gault is a student at Gaffney High who plays tennis and is involved in mission work with her church. She is a Cherokee County Chamber Junior Ambassador and is interested in political science and law. Gilbert attends Dorman High School where he is an honor student and plays clarinet in the honors band. He is also interested in government and politics. Dawkins attends Boiling Springs High School, plays lacrosse and takes Culinary Arts at the Swofford Career Center. He is active with his church youth group and wants to be a forensic accountant.
“We are proud to have these exceptional young leaders represent our cooperative and our community,” said Terry Mallard, President and CEO of Broad River Electric. “The Cooperative Youth Tour is not just a great opportunity for these students. It is also an opportunity for us to invest in the future of our national well-being and ensure that cooperative principles like commitment to community, education and democracy are carried on.”
The tour is coordinated by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) and The Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina (ECSC). Broad River Electric is among 20 local cooperatives that select students to represent their service area.
During the tour, delegations of students follow state-planned itineraries, which include time with their state’s Congressional delegation and visits to monuments, memorials, and museums. The students learn about government, the cooperative business model and the importance of rural electrification.
South Carolina Youth Tourists also compete for the $5,000 Robert Bennet Community Service Scholarship. The students must plan and coordinate a new service project in their community to be eligible.
The Electric Cooperative Youth Tour has brought high school students to Washington, D.C. for a week in June every year since the late 1950s. Over 50,000 students from rural areas and small towns across America have participated in this program.
Broad River Electric Cooperative, Inc. is a non-profit, member-owned distribution cooperative providing services to more than 20,000 members in Cherokee, Spartanburg Union and Newberry counties in South Carolina and Cleveland, Polk and Rutherford counties in North Carolina in order to improve the quality of their lives.
Jerusalem Project, Miracle Hill among local beneficiaries
Broad River Electric Charities has distributed $20,000 to 12 local organizations and agencies that will help provide food, shelter, education, support, and protection for citizens of the Upstate.
The Jerusalem Project - a collaborative ministry of local churches and youth groups that assist residents with home projects such as roof repair, wheelchair ramps, and painting – received a total of $5,000 from the Operation Round Up® fund. Jerusalem Project helps communities in Spartanburg County as well as Cherokee and Union Counties.
Another ministry that focuses on home repair for the needy, Salkehatchie Summer Service Union Camp, was awarded $2,000. The Union Camp, one of dozens across the state, is based at Grace United Methodist Church.
Miracle Hill Ministries, which operates homeless and recovery shelters in Cherokee and Spartanburg Counties, received a total of $4,500. Each of the community’s rescue missions were awarded $1,500 grants. The Miracle Hill Homes for Life, a shelter for young men aged 16-21, received an additional $1,500.
The Salvation Army of Cherokee County will use a $1,000 donation to fund their ministry to feed the hungry. The S.C. Hunters and Land Owners for the Hungry will also receive $1,000 for their cause, which provides game meats to other organizations that feed the hungry, as well.
District 5 Family Ministries, a collaboration of area churches and community members that provides support and crisis intervention services to the people in the Lyman/Duncan communities of Spartanburg County, will use a $1,500 grant to assist with electric, water and medication needs.
Cherokee County’s KNOW(2) initiative received a $500 for their summer learning and STEM programs. The Union County Disabilities and Special Needs also received $500 to support programs that provide unique experiences and activities for their clients, which they may not be able to attend otherwise.
The Union County Sheriff’s Department received $4,000 to help purchase and train a K-9 drug detection dog.
“These donations come from the generosity of our members,” said Broad River Electric CEO and Charities Board member Terry Mallard. “So, we make sure to distribute the funds in ways that will help their communities and fellow citizens the most. These recipients do an outstanding job of fulfilling their worthwhile missions.”
Donations to the selected beneficiaries come from Broad River Electric’s Operation Round Up® program. Each month, participating members’ account balances are rounded up to the nearest dollar. That extra change goes to the benevolent fund that assists organizations and goodwill missions in and around Broad River Electric’s service area.
Funds from Operation Round Up® are distributed through Broad River Electric Charities, Inc., which is governed by a 7-member board representing the cooperative and the three counties it predominantly serves – Cherokee, Union and Spartanburg.
Since its inception in 2010, the program has allowed Broad River Electric Charities to donate nearly $650,000 to dozens of organizations and entities across the Upstate. Organizations wishing to request funds can contact the cooperative to begin the application process. The next distribution will occur in early August.
Broad River Electric Charities is a philanthropic subsidiary of Broad River Electric Cooperative, which serves more than 18,000 homes and businesses in Cherokee, Spartanburg, Union and Newberry counties in South Carolina and Cleveland, Polk and Rutherford counties in North Carolina.
Broad River Electric CEO Terry Mallard (far right) is pictured with (l-r) Martin Hogg (Jerusalem Project), Robin Reed (Know2), David Toney (Jerusalem Project), and Andy Cooper (Miracle Hill of Cherokee County).
CEO Terry Mallard is pictured with Union County Sheriff David Taylor
Broad River Electric Cooperative received an Economic Visionary Award from Spartanburg Community College on March 30.
The cooperative was one four companies honored that have invested in the economic and educational success of the Upstate. SCC President Henry Giles said the college started planning the Economic Visionary award event a year ago to recognize innovations by companies in supporting South Carolina’s new economy.
“We are humbled and honored by this award, but it comes not just because of recent accomplishments, but because of the longstanding commitment our board of trustees and our staff have made to the communities we serve,” Broad River Electric CEO Terry Mallard said. “We will continue to partner with entities like Spartanburg Community College to improve the quality of life in the Upstate.”
Broad River Electric members were excited to meet Solar Sam. To view more photos, visit our Facebook album.
Broad River Electric Cooperative held its Annual Meeting on Saturday, May 6 at the Broad River Electric Auditorium in Gaffney. 1,091 Broad River Electric members gathered for a morning filled with activities, informative opportunities, music and food.
The meeting was also a chance for members staff and visit with the Board of Trustees. During the meeting, Anita Whitney, E. Dewitt McCraw and Bobby L. Foster were all re-elected to serve another term on the Broad River Electric Board of Trustees.
Because he was being inducted into the S.C. Polled Hereford Association’s Hall of Fame at Clemson University, Board Chairman Norris R. Fowler, Jr. spoke to the crowd via a prerecorded video. Referring to the new solar community array he stated, “Our Board of Trustees had ideas for a new vision, something that doesn’t just end with solar, but is symbolic for the future and training our youth.” He also recognized the value of Broad River Electric’s participation in economic development activities to “secure a large customer base in the industrial area.”
The accomplishments listed below were highlighted at the Annual Meeting:
2016 did not have a rate increase and the cooperative does not anticipate a rate increase in 2017.
The Board of Trustees took action to maintain and improve financial strength while minimizing the impact of future cost increases. The results of these actions are an equity position of 25.8 percent, meaning members have $27 million in equity invested in the co-op.
$790,000 was returned to members in the form of capital credits in December 2016.
Broad River Electric’s membership grew 2 percent during a time many utilities are experiencing zero growth.
For the second year in a row, Broad River Electric was awarded the President’s Safety Award
Through economic development efforts, Broad River Electric, in partnership with community leaders, attracted Dollar Tree and Rite Aid to our service territory bringing 1,000 job opportunities to members. Additionally, the Sunny Slope property will soon have sewer capabilities and improve its potential for industrial development. In 2017, the Gestamp facility in Union County was energized.
For efforts in economic development, education and innovation, Broad River Electric was recognized by Spartanburg Community College as a 2017 Economic Visionary winner.
150 KW array will be erected in front of auditorium in Gaffney
Broad River Electric took a break from preparing for Friday’s winter storm to begin a sunny project.
The member-owned distribution cooperative broke ground on a 150 kilowatt community solar array this morning at its headquarters in Gaffney. Community solar means multiple people get electricity from a midsize solar array, offering a convenient option for members who want to buy power from a carbon-free resource.
“This solar project represents our continued commitment to the community and our membership,” said Terry Mallard, CEO of Broad River Electric Cooperative. “Through a subscription agreement with Broad River’s Community Solar Project, our members now have the ability to participate in a solar initiative without a significant upfront capital investment.”
The array will not only provide energy from the sun, but also coverage from it. The panels will be erected upon canopies in the expanded parking lot of Broad River Electric Auditorium, located adjacent to the cooperative’s headquarters at 811 Hamrick Street in Gaffney, SC. The canopies are expected to be completed by March.
Like most traditional community solar arrangements, Broad River Electric is responsible for the construction, operation, and maintenance of the solar plant. More information about the subscription model will be announced soon.
“76 years ago, our community united to bring a service that others did not or would not provide – electric service to the rural areas of our community,” Mallard told the crowd gathered in Broad River Electric Auditorium. “This project continues that cooperative legacy by offering a community solution to solar integration.”
Dignitaries and business leaders from Cherokee, Spartanburg, and Union Counties joined cooperative employees and associates attended the event.
Capital credits are a part of being cooperative member
Broad River Electric Board Trustees (l-r) Bill Peeler, Kevin Moss, Mark Patterson, Bobby Foster, Dewitt McCraw, and Wayne West with the Capital Credits check to members.
Broad River Electric Cooperative mailed 9,218 checks to current and former members this week totaling $788,632. This is the first year Broad River Electric has mailed checks to members rather than applying a credit to the balance of their December electric bills.
“Capital credits are a tangible benefit and differentiate cooperatives from other utilities,” stated Broad River Electric Cooperative president and CEO Terry Mallard. “As member-owners, this is their portion of the cooperative’s margins and by receiving it in the form of a check, they can spend it however they please.”
Broad River Electric Cooperative is owned by its members, it doesn’t earn profits, but when revenues exceed expenses, the cooperative does earn margins. Each year, margins are allocated to members in the form of capital credits. Capital credits reflect member ownership in Broad River Electric, and the Cooperative uses members’ capital to fund operating activities and reduce borrowing, with the intent of later repaying that capital back to members.
Capital credits represent the most significant source of equity for Broad River Electric Cooperative. Since a cooperative’s members are also the people the cooperative serves, capital credits reflect each member’s ownership in, and contribution of capital to, the cooperative. This differs from investor-owned utilities who pay dividends to shareholders who may or may not be customers of the utility.
For more information about Broad River Electric’s capital credits, please call 866-687-2667
Members’ contributions provide $22,800 in grants
Check being presented by Broad River Electric Charities Board member Daisy Lemmons of Gaffney. Front row (l-r) – Lisa Vandys, Upstate Family Resource Center; Susan Spires, Mobile Meals; Emily Collins, Mobile Meals; Daisy Lemmons, Broad River Electric Charities Board; Jane Wilkins, Cherokee Co. Mental Health Association; Sara Baker, Cherokee Co. Mental Health Association; Nisha Bhatti, Salvation Army; Terry Dennis, Meals on Wheels of Cherokee County; Jennifer Robbins, Meals on Wheels of Cherokee County; Kimberly Shell, American Red Cross. Back row – Dean Wyatt, Broad River Leathernecks; Jim Stepp, Union County Meals on Wheels; Kenny Wood, McKowns Mountain Baptist Church; Barbara Smith, Putting God First Christian Ministry; Kristin Keisler, Trinity Channel of Blessings; Neil Keisler, Trinity Channel of Blessings; Vernon Craig, Midway Baptist Church; Rick Littleton, Midway Baptist Church.
Gaffney, SC, December 12, 2016: Broad River Electric Charities has distributed $22,800 from its Operation Round Up® fund to local charities this holiday season. The 17 organizations represent a broad spectrum of causes and ministries, including food banks, toy drives, and fire safety.
Organizations receiving Operation Round Up® funds this cycle include the Broad River Leathernecks, Cherokee County Mental Health Association, Putting God First Christian Ministries, Trinity Baptist Channel of Blessings, Cherokee County Meals on Wheels, American Red Cross, WBCU Truck Full of Toys, Boy Scouts of America, McKowns Mountain Baptist Church, Salvation Army, Union Meals on Wheels, Mobile Meals of Spartanburg, Upstate Family Resource Center, and Midway Baptist Church.
Broad River Leathernecks, an organization of Cherokee County U.S. Marine Corps Veterans, will use their $800 for an annual toy drive.
Cherokee County Mental Health Association received $1,000 for the purchase of holiday gifts cards that will be given to the children of their clients.
Putting God First Christian Ministries will use a $1,500 donation on programs for troubled teens in the Upstate.
Union County’s Trinity Baptist Church received $2,000 for their food bank and workforce training program.
Three $2,000 grants were awarded to local programs that deliver meals to the elderly and disabled who are homebound: Cherokee County Meals on Wheels, Union County Meals on Wheels and Spartanburg’s Mobile Meals.
The American Red Cross will use their $2,500 grant for their Home Fire Campaign in the Upstate.
Union County’s radio station WBCU received $1,000 to support their annual holiday toy drive for local children, Truck Full of Toys.
A $1,000 sponsorship of the Boy Scouts of America Clay Shoot will support the activities of Palmetto Council troops.
Two Cherokee County churches, McKowns Mountain Baptist and Midway Baptist, who send food home with needy school children each received $1,500 for their backpack ministries.
A total of $3,000 was awarded to The Salvation Army in Spartanburg and Union Counties to help fund their programs.
The Upstate Family Resource Center, which serves families in Boiling Springs, Inman, and Chesnee, also received $1,000.
“During this time of year there is always a focus on giving and those in need,” said Charities Board Chairperson Barbara Whitney of Spartanburg. “We are so thankful that the members of Broad River Electric donate to Operation Round Up all year, allowing us to make an impact on so many through these wonderful organizations.”
Donations to the selected charities come from Broad River Electric’s Operation Round Up program. Each month, the account balances of participating members are rounded up to the nearest dollar. That extra change goes to the benevolent fund that assists organizations and goodwill missions in and around Broad River Electric Cooperative’s service area.
Funds from Operation Round Up are distributed quarterly through Broad River Electric Charities, Inc, which is governed by a 7-member board representing the cooperative and the three major counties it serves – Cherokee, Union and Spartanburg. Members of the Charities Board are: Daisy Lemmons and Nancy Jordan of Cherokee County, Jane Rhinehart and Barbara Whitney of Spartanburg County, Carolyn Belue and Carol Smith of Union County and Broad River Electric President and CEO Terry Mallard (ex-officio). Organizations wishing to request funds can contact the cooperative to begin the application process.
Broad River Electric Charities is a philanthropic subsidiary of Broad River Electric Cooperative, a non-profit, member-owned distribution cooperative providing services to more than 20,000 members in Cherokee, Spartanburg Union and Newberry counties in South Carolina and Cleveland, Polk and Rutherford counties in North Carolina in order to improve the quality of their lives.
Combined efforts from Broad River Electric Cooperative members, employees and a local employer served by the utility, have provided 2,500 book bags, with school supplies, to elementary students across the upstate of South Carolina.
The backpacks contain a notebook, a pack of paper and an encouraging note from Broad River Electric Cooperative.
“There is a need for these backpacks and supplies throughout our area,” explained Barbara Whitney, chair of the Broad River Electric Charities Board and a retired school administrator in Spartanburg County. “We wanted to help our children begin their school year equipped, not just with supplies, but with the knowledge that their community supports them.”
The funds used to purchase the packs came from Operation Round Up® program, a Broad River Electric program in which the cooperative’s members round up their monthly bills to the nearest dollar. The extra change accumulates into a benevolent fund that is distributed to local charities and causes. This is the fourth consecutive summer that the fund has provided supplies and necessities to local students.
The spiral bound notebook and a pack of paper inside each bag was donated by the Dollar General Distribution Center in Jonesville. The facility is one of Broad River Electric Cooperative’s industrial members and a strong supporter of local schools and the community.
With cooperative members providing the bags and supplies, Broad River Electric employees, Charities Board members, friends and family assembled at Broad River Electric Auditorium in Gaffney on August 9 to stuff the 2,500 backpacks. Since then, Broad River Electric representatives have been hand delivering the bags to the dozens of schools and community centers in the area.
“We exist to serve our members and empower our communities,” said Josh Crotzer, Broad River Electric’s Manager of Community Development. “We know one of the best ways to do that is to invest in our children and their education.
“We are thankful to the community, Jonesville’s Dollar General Distribution Center, our members and our employees for being a part of this effort. They truly embody the cooperative spirit.”
Broad River Electric Charities has distributed $30,000 to 18 local charitable organizations and programs that strive to improve quality of life for the people of the Upstate.
“These organizations and volunteers do so much to help our communities and citizens,” said Broad River Electric CEO and Charities Board member Terry Mallard . “We hope the funds, generously donated by the cooperative members, will help their cause and inspire more support for them throughout the community.”
Donations to the selected charities come from Broad River Electric’s Operation Round Up® program. Each month, participating members’ account balances are rounded up to the nearest dollar. That extra change goes to the benevolent fund that assists organizations and goodwill missions in and around Broad River Electric’s service area.
Funds from Operation Round Up® are distributed through Broad River Electric Charities, Inc., which is governed by a 7-member board representing the cooperative and the three counties it predominantly serves – Cherokee, Union and Spartanburg. Since its inception in 2010, the program has allowed Broad River Electric Charities to donate nearly half-million dollars to dozens of organizations and entities across the Upstate. Organizations wishing to request funds can contact the cooperative to begin the application process.
Terry Mallard brings 24 years of cooperative knowledge, experience
Gaffney, SC, February 4, 2016: – Broad River Electric Cooperative’s board of trustees has hired Terry Mallard, of Canton, Georgia, as the new president and CEO. Mallard will replace Broad River Electric interim CEO Richard Baines beginning March 7, 2016.
“We are very pleased and excited to bring an individual the caliber of Terry Mallard to lead our cooperative,” said Norris Fowler, the board’s chairperson. “He has extensive knowledge and experience in financial management, economic development, and other aspects of our industry that will be of great benefit to the members. We also know that he will continue Broad River Electric’s legacy of being involved in our communities.”
Mallard’s arrival at Broad River Electric extends his 24 years in the electric cooperative industry, the last 14 as a regional vice president for National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation (CFC) in Dulles, Virginia. While at CFC, he assisted and trained the senior staff and trustees of electric cooperatives across the United States, including those at Broad River Electric.
Originally from North Carolina, Mallard is a certified public accountant licensed in that state. He graduated magna cum laude from Campbell University with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. Mallard also graduated from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary with a Master of Arts in Christian Education.
This is not Mallard’s first stint in Gaffney. He briefly lived here in 1988 while working for Dick Sullivan at Quincy’s Steakhouse on Floyd Baker Boulevard.
“I am excited and honored about the opportunity to work with the board, employees and members of Broad River Electric,” Mallard said. “I am fully aware of the great service this cooperative provides to the members and the wonderful communities that it serves.”
Mallard and his wife of 33 years, Vickie, have three grown children and six grandsons. He is an avid runner and has participated in the Boston Marathon three times.
Broad River Electric Cooperative is a non-profit, member-owned distribution cooperative providing services to more than 20,000 members in Cherokee, Spartanburg, Union and Newberry counties in South Carolina and Cleveland, Polk and Rutherford counties in North Carolina in order to improve the quality of their lives.