Good¢ents Grants Awarded in May 2019

The Good¢ents Board of Trustees met in May. Thirteen applications were reviewed, and nine grants totaling $60,372 were awarded. Here’s a summary of these recent grants:

  • Athabascan Fiddlers Association:  $2,500 grant to be applied towards the purchase and installation of a backup radio transmitter.
  • Delta Junction Trails Association:  $5,000 grant to be applied to public trail upgrades and signage.
  • Fairbanks Shakespeare Theatre:  $10,000 grant to be applied towards the rebuilding of the outdoor theatre stage.
  • Farthest North Girl Scout Council:  $2,000 grant to be applied towards upgrades to their building’s parking lot and entrance.
  • Nenana Volunteer Fire EMS Dept:  $6,872 grant for the purchase of a snowbulance.
  • North Star Council on Aging:  $12,000 grant for bathroom upgrades, bringing them into ADA compliance.
  • North Star Dance Foundation:  $5,000 grant to assist with a lighting upgrade.
  • Santa’s Letters:  $2,000 grant to be applied towards the purchase of stationary and mailing supplies.
  • Tri Valley Volunteer Fire Dept:  $15,000 grant towards the purchase of an ambulance.

All grants from the Good¢ents Foundation are awarded to nonprofit organizations within GVEA’s service area. Applications are reviewed quarterly in February, May, August and November by a volunteer board of trustees. The next application deadline is July 31, 2019. Applications and more information about the program can be found online here.

Good¢ents is funded by the generous members of Golden Valley Electric Association. Since the program began in 2011, GVEA members have funded grants totaling $1,011,850.

Thank you to all of the members who voluntarily “round up” their monthly billing statement to the next dollar. The cents you contribute is greatly appreciated and really makes a difference within the communities GVEA serves.

(Posted on GVEA's Blog on June 3, 2019.)

GVEA’s 2019 Annual Meeting Wrap-up

On the evening of May 2, 2019, GVEA hosted 493 people at their Annual Members’ Meeting. Fairbanks drew a crowd of 449 at Lathrop High School’s Hering Auditorium. This was the third year that the meeting was also video-streamed to Delta’s Community Center and Healy’s Tri-Valley Community Center; attendance at these satellite sites were 36 and 8, respectively.

Updates were provided on several big GVEA projects by President & CEO Cory Borgeson and the board of directors:

  • GVEA’s 563-kilowatt solar farm
  • GVEA’s new carbon reduction pledge
  • Launching of GVEA new member portal – My Account

Prior to the meeting being called to order, informational booths were featured, emphasizing GVEA’s services and programs. Board of director candidates from districts 5 and 6 were also available to meet members before the ballots are mailed on May 10.

2019 scholarship winners were announced:

  • $2,000 continuing education: Logan Lockwood, Daniel Manley & Kiara Simpson
  • $2,500 academic: Travis Brase, Sam Delamere & Isabel Lesseig
  • $15,000 academic: Sabrina White, a Raven Homeschool senior from Nenana

Congratulations to the following door prize winners:

  • $250 Electric Credit: James & Linda Conley; Doug & Lisa Jones; Guy & Patrice Lee; Ken Rydberg
  • $500 Electric Credit: Roger & Melinda Evans; Mary & Delmar Lashinksi; Hiroe Petrie; Alfred & Erna Sturmann

A total of 50 members participated in the member comment segment of the program. To view this year’s meeting and annual report, please visit: http://www.gvea.com/inside/about/annualmeeting.

(Posted on GVEA's Blog on May 3, 2019.)

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