People and Events

Cars parked at Benton REA's 2021 drive-in annual meeting

Drive-In Annual Meeting Fills Red Mountain Event Center

On the rainy morning of September 18, Benton REA hosted a drive-in annual meeting for the first time in the co-op’s 84 years. “As a cooperative, we’re required to hold an annual meeting of the Benton REA members,” says General Manager Mike Bradshaw. “While planning the meeting, the number of COVID-19 patients being admitted to…

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Drive In to the Annual Meeting

Benton REA invites all members to drive in for the 84th Annual Membership Meeting on September 18 at 10:30 a.m. Join us for a modified version of your annual meeting without leaving your vehicle. Drive to the Red Mountain Event Center (8280 W. Van Giesen St.) in West Richland. You’ll get a boxed lunch and…

Benton REA Board District Map - Trustee election

Mail-in Ballots Due September 9 for Trustee Districts 7, 8

Benton REA is governed by eight trustees who each represent a district of members. These trustees are elected by you—Benton REA members—to serve three-year terms. Members who live in districts 7 and 8 will receive a ballot in August for the 2021 trustee election. Each membership receives one vote. Members may submit their vote by…

David Hanson, executive director, and Ken Trainor, director of operations for Sunrise Outreach Center food banks accept a check for $3,000 from Benton REA Board President Connie Krull (center).

Benton REA Donates $15K to Local Food Banks

Fifteen thousand dollars is helping feed local families thanks to Benton REA and matching funds from CoBank, one of the utility’s lenders. Benton REA received a $7,500 matching grant from the CoBank Sharing Success program. Together, the $15,000 donation will help families through three organizations within the Benton REA member service area. Nine thousand dollars…

Benton REA Board District Map - Trustee election

Nominations Open for District 7, 8 Trustees

Benton REA is governed by eight trustees who each represent a district of members. Trustees are elected by members to serve a three-year term. In 2021, the incumbent Benton REA trustees whose terms expire are Connie Krull, District 7; and Catherine Russell, District 8. Qualified members can be placed on the ballot as candidates for…

Benton Rural Electric Association 2021 Scholarship Recipients: Peter Hale, Aspen Peters, Scott Barfuss, Jazzell Tovar, Brad Dowson

2021 Scholarship Recipients

Benton REA is proud to announce the 2021 recipients of the cooperative’s continuing education scholarships: Peter Hale of Benton City, son of Joseph and Laurie Hale. Aspen Peters of Prosser, daughter of Troy and Shauna Peters. Scott Barfuss of West Richland, son of Brad and Katie Barfuss. Jazzell Tovar of Prosser, daughter of Angel and…

A woman's hand grips a stress ball while giving blood. Text below the image says "Blood Drive Benton REA"

Upcoming Community Blood Drives

Benton REA will co-host two American Red Cross blood drives this month. The first blood drive will be Wednesday, January 13, at the Prosser Holiday Inn Express & Suites. The second will be Thursday, January 21, in West Richland at the Mayfield Gathering Place and Gardens. Both drives will be from 11 a.m. to 4…

Image of three elected trustees. Text says, "Your votes are in. Congratulations to your reelected trustees serving co-op members 2020-2023. Ron Johnson district 4 trustee West Richland and surrounding rural areas. Tim Grow district 5 trustee Sunnyside area. Scott Fisher District 6 Trustee Mabton and Rimrock areas.

83rd Annual Membership Meeting Recap

Benton REA’s 83rd Annual Membership Meeting was scheduled for July. Unfortunately, like most events in 2020, the member appreciation meal, family activities, games and hot air balloon rides had to be canceled. However, Benton REA’s bylaws require an annual business meeting of members, so Benton REA staff improvised and took the meeting online October 21.…

A woman holds a coffee mug while sitting on a couch and looking at her laptop

Annual Meeting Goes Virtual

You’re invited to join Benton REA for the virtual 83rd Annual Membership Meeting on Wednesday, October 21, at 6:30 p.m. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Benton REA is unable to host a member appreciation event and in-person annual meeting in 2020. Adapting with the current events, the board of trustees passed a resolution declaring an…

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Nominate a Local Hero in National Cooperative Contest

Benton REA and Touchstone Energy Cooperatives are pleased to announce the #WhoPowersYou contest celebrating local heroes. It’s a chance for Benton REA members and employees to nominate someone making a difference in the community, and an opportunity to celebrate the power of human connections. In addition to being nationally recognized, nominees can win up to…