|2018 Annual Meeting
|Business, Gratitude on Display at NCEC Annual Meeting
THERE ARE MANY REASONS NAVARRO COUNTY ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE members are drawn to the co-op’s
annual meeting year
after year. Some show up for the door prizes. Others come to hear the business of their cooperative. And many attend
simply to catch up with old friends and make new ones. For firsttime attendees like Kenneth Smallwood, it’s an
opportunity to see the cooperative community in action.
“I just wanted to see what it’s all about. I’ve never come before,” said Smallwood, a recently retired postal carrier of 30
years. Though he’s been a Navarro County EC member since 1999, his Saturday delivery shift in the Kerens and
Richland Chambers Lake areas consistently conflicted with the annual meeting. “I always wanted to come,” he said,
“but I wasn’t going to take a day off for it.” Now that he’s retired, Smallwood was able to join more than 130 other
members May 5 for this year’s meeting at Navarro College’s Cook Center in Corsicana. He took a seat at the back of
the hall and waited for business to commence. Meanwhile, other members continued to arrive, strolling into the sunlit
foyer of the Cook Center to register and collect attendance gifts.
Shortly before 10 a.m., NCEC Board President Ron Buckley called the meeting to order and introduced co-op attorney
Philip Segrest, who oversaw the business portion of the meeting. Read more»
|WE WOULD LIKE TO CONGRATULATE
RICKY TRULL AND CHARlOTTE WEAVER
for a combined 75 years of no lost-time
injuries on the job. During Trull’s 40-year
career in line construction and Weaver’s 35
years in member services, they have helped
NCEC provide affordable and reliable electric
service to its members. Employees like Trull
and Weaver help set the example for safety
that others should follow on and off the job.
|ALFRED LEWIS MARTIN WAS BORN SEPTEMBER 15, 1923, IN PELHAM, NAVARRO
COUNTY, to Lewis and Holly Caruthers Martin. After finishing his formal education, Martin
transferred to active military duty August 23, 1943. He trained at Kearns, Utah, assigned
to the 3rd Army then reassigned to the Army Air Force with the 2143rd Base Unit in
Tuskegee, Alabama. He served as an Air Force mechanic for the Tuskegee Airmen and as
a troubleshooter and flight chief for radio communications in advanced training. He was
awarded the Good Conduct Medal, Medal for Outstanding Soldier in the 3rd Army in Europe
and the Victory Medal. Martin was assigned to training combat units, pursuit squadron. On
February 22, 1946, he was honorably discharged as a first sergeant.
After moving to California, Martin purchased and operated a gas station. He returned
home to Pelham and was a farmer and rancher for more than 60 years. He served on
various agriculture committees and boards, including the Texas Seed and Grain
Committee. He loved Pelham and served as the chairman of the Pelham Community
Association for many years.
He was instrumental in getting land donated to the Pelham Cemetery. Martin was named
Farmer of the Year in 1984 by the Corsicana Rotary Club. He served as vice president of
Texas Cotton Program and led the Navarro Pest Management Association.
Martin was elected to the Navarro County Electric Cooperative Board of Directors
in May 1996 and served nearly 22 years until his passing April 29, 2018. We will
miss his knowledge and wisdom as well as his wry sense of humor. When he took a
position, he never backed down, and we always knew where he stood on issues.
He will be missed.
|IN MARCH, NAVARRO COUNTY ELECTRIC
COOPERATIVE GAVE a three-day, ands-on class on
working with energized conductors to three level-one
apprentices: Gilbert Medrano, Josh Boortz and Breezy
Elder. This class covers the safety of handling energized
conductors, how to correctly use the rubber cover-up
material, electric potential distance and minimum
approach distance. Congratulations to Medrano, Boortz
and Elder for passing this first hot line class. Keep up the
|In Rembrance of Director Alfred L. Martin
|NAVARRO COUNTY ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE FACES MANY
CHALLENGES each day, particularly when it comes to ensuring safety in
the office, while driving pickups and large bucket trucks, conducting
service and construction work, and reading meters—day and night and in
all kinds of weather.
We are proud to report that, as of February 28, NCEC employees have
worked a combined 882,427.5 hours, or 2,517 days, without a lost-time
injury. It is a great acc a lost-time injury. We would like to thank all
employees, management and the board of directors for their dedication
and hard work toward achieving safety.
|WE WOULD LIKE TO CONGRATULATE
Isaiah Solis for completing the first
phase of his five-year apprenticeship
program as a groundman/apprentice
lineman. Solis has worked with
Navarro County Electric Cooperative
foremen, senior linemen and the
fourth-year apprentice linemen
learning to frame poles, hook up
transformers, install members’ services
and carry out the work of the underground
Solis also has completed in-house apprentice classes and
field exercises. His next step will be working with secondary
voltages such as 120, 240 and 208 volts. Good job, Isaiah.
Keep up the good work.
|CONGRATULATIONS TO NCEC'S NEWEST EMPLOYEES
NAVARRO COUNTY ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE WOULD LIKE TO CONGRATULATE Jahaziel Luviano, Tye Barber, Shafter
Henley and Myles Patton for completing 90-day training periods. These men were hired in the first quarter of 2018 and have
been working in the construction department in both overhead and underground capacities. After meeting the 90-day
requirements, they were offered full-time positions with NCEC.
Barber joins the co-op as a lineman while the other three
new hires have entered the apprenticeship program as
groundmen. They have attended safety classes and received
on-the-job training on power line construction and the essential
requirements of safe work practices.
Also, Steve Phillips (far right) returned to NCEC in May as
a staking technician. He previously was employed by the
co-op as a lineman and staking technician from 1982 to 2006.
|WE WOULD LIKE TO CONGRATULATE Jesse Huffman
AND Alex Mendez for completing Level 4 apprenticeships.
This step is the last in the apprenticeship program. Huffman
and Mendez soon will earn the position of lineman and
continue to help provide reliable and affordable electric
service to our members.
|SUPERVISOR TRAINING - NCEC congratulates Matt
Cunningham and Jerad Taylor for completing supervisor
training. We would also like to congratulate Taylor
on being promoted to the position of overhead line crew
|TEC Loss Control Awards NCEC with a One Million
Hours Worked without a Loss Time Injury
|On May 15th 2019 Navarro County Electric Cooperatives
employees reached a milestone with the Cooperative
achieving 1,000,053 hours without a loss time injury, this was
achieved in 10 years, 5 month and 12 days, a total of 2832
working days. With the dedication of the Cooperative
Employees serving our members and working safe we have
reached 1,080,029 hours, 3069 days and 11 years
without a loss time injury as of March 31st 2020.
Congratulations to all the employees of Navarro
County Electric Cooperative for their hard work and
putting safety first in their jobs.
|Left to right -TEC Manager of Loss Control -Danny Williams,
URD Crew Foreman -Jeff Davis, Senior Lineman- Greg Fisher &
Manager of S.T. & I.- Sam Miller
|We Support our Co-op Community......
So we want to help!