This year Tri-County Electric Cooperative was represented by Madison Lewis of Waltonville (Waltonville High School), Allyson Lintker of Venedy (Okawville High School) and Joseph Partain of Iuka (Salem High School) during the annual “Youth to Washington” Tour, June 10-17. This event, sponsored by the electric and telephone cooperatives of Illinois since the late 1950s, is an introduction to our democratic form of government and cooperatives for rural youth.
The students met with US Congressman Mike Bost and John Shimkus and US Senator Dick Durbin. They were among 64 rural Illinois youth leaders selected for the trip. The Illinois students joined more than 1,691 young leaders from across the country. In addition to the Capitol, they also visited Gettysburg National Battlefield & Museum, Arlington National Cemetery, the Washington National Cathedral, several Smithsonian Museums, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, the World War II Memorial, memorials to Presidents Lincoln, Jefferson, Washington and Roosevelt, the National Archives, the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia, the Newseum and a number of other historical sites.
Sophomores, juniors and seniors whose homes are served by Tri-County Cooperative are eligible to participate in the annual program. To learn more about the “Youth to Washington” Tour go to www.youthtour.coop or www.facebook.com/ILYouthtoWashington .
Tri-County Electric Cooperative is a member of Touchstone Energy — an alliance of 750 local, consumer-owned electric utilities around the country. Tri-County Electric is committed to providing superior service based on four core principles: integrity, accountability, innovation and commitment to community. The co-op serves more than 16,115 meters over 3,393 miles of line with the majority in Jefferson, Marion and Washington Counties as well as parts of Clay, Clinton, Fayette, Franklin, Perry and St. Clair counties. For more information about Tri-County Electric Cooperative, please visit www.tricountycoop.com or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TCECoop.