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Sam Houston EC named top-winning co-op in nation
San Jacinto News- Times
COLDSPRING –Sam Houston Electric Cooperative recently received recognition in the 2010 “Spotlight on Excellence” national awards program, sponsored by the Council of Rural Electric Communicators and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. Sam Houston EC received a total of 10 Spotlight Awards for publications and items produced by its communications department, becoming the top-winning distribution cooperative in the nation. Award-winning pieces included the Co-op’s conservation and energy-effi ciency website, www.dowattsright.net; elements from Sam Houston EC’s local pages in Texas Coop Power magazine; Calendar & Member Handbook; print advertisements; and the Co-op’s employee newsletter. “The judges noted the emphasis on being good stewards of each cooperative’s resources, while still doing the vital job of communicating with members,” said Maggie Tilley, administrator of Spotlight on Excellence. “In diffi cult economic times, this has been especially challenging, yet, cooperative communicators rose to the occasion.” A special luncheon honored the award recipients during the Connect 2010 Conference held in Kansas City, MO, on May 12. Winning entries were displayed during the event. The annual Spotlight on Excellence Awards competition recognizes the top-rated communication and marketing efforts by electric cooperatives and related organizations. Participants in the awards competition competed with electric cooperatives of similar sizes in 19 categories. Electric cooperative communicators and marketing professionals submitted more than 804 entries in the Spotlight on Excellence program, now in its 22nd year. Faculty members from the University of Missouri – Columbia and the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill judged the entries. “Our members deserve our very best effort when it comes to cooperative communications,” said Keith Stapleton, Sam Houston Electric Coopererative chief communications officer. “The Spotlight on Excellence competition gives us the opportunity to measure success and to share ideas.” Sam Houston EC received its charter May 16, 1939, and has been providing electricity to East Texas ever since. The Cooperative was founded by a handful of farmers and rural residents who dreamed of bringing “power to the people.” In the early 1940s, there were just over 600 Co-op members. Today, Sam Houston EC serves 51,000 members and 67,000 meters across 10 counties.