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A woman hugs her daughter who needs a blood transfusion

Upcoming Community Blood Drives at Benton REA

Benton REA will host two community and employee blood drives with the American Red Cross in 2019. The first is August 8 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Benton REA West Richland office. The second will be at the Benton REA Prosser office October 24. “Hosting a blood drive coincides with the cooperative…

Taylor Smith with the Washington state flag.

Taylor Smith Represents Washington state in Youth Leadership Council

Some children born in rural communities choose to plant roots in their hometown. Others seek a “better life” in urban areas after high school. Benton REA believes a better life can be had in both scenarios by investing in the rural community leaders of tomorrow. Taylor Smith, daughter of Benton REA members Blake and Sheri…

Trustees Buddy Treadway, Mike Freepons and Bob Evans

Your 2019 Trustee Candidates

Benton REA is governed by eight trustees who each represent a district of members. These trustees are elected by you—our members—to serve three-year terms. In 2019, the three incumbent trustees up for election are Buddy Treadway, District 1; Mike Freepons, District 2; and Bob Evans, District 3. Trustee nominations for these districts closed April 1.…

A family takes a free, tethered hot air balloon ride

Free Family Fun at the Benton REA Annual Meeting

Free Family Fun at the Benton REA Annual Meeting Mark your calendars for July 13. You won’t want to miss Benton REA’s 82nd Annual Meeting and Member Appreciation Lunch. Before the business meeting begins at 12:30 p.m., the morning will be full of family activities. Arrive at 8 a.m. to catch a tethered ride on…

Randy Suess, Inland Power & Light; Troy Berglund, Benton REA; Rep. Dan Newhouse and Danny Lee, Inland Power & Light

Talking Co-ops in Washington, D.C.

Talking Co-ops in Washington, D.C. Troy Berglund, community development and member relations manager, traveled to Washington, D.C., in April for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association Legislative Conference. While there, he and other Washington electric cooperative employees met with legislators to discuss the needs of co-op members. During their meetings with Rep. Cathy McMorris Rogers…

Benton REA linemen pose for a photo in front of their trucks

The Dedication of an Electric Lineworker

April 18 is Lineworker Appreciation Day National studies consistently rank power-line installers and repairers among the most dangerous jobs in the country, and for good reason. Laboring high in the air, wearing heavy equipment and working directly with high voltage electricity creates the perfect storm of a dangerous and unforgiving profession. But electric lineworkers are…

A cup of coffee and cookies

Stop by for a Cookie on Our Birthday

On Friday, April 19, any member who visits the Prosser or West Richland Benton REA office can enjoy cookies and coffee as we celebrate 82 years of member-owned cooperative service. On April 19, 1937, Benton REA was born. Our original mission was to bring affordable, reliable electricity to the rural residents of Benton County. The…

(ORLANDO, FL)-- 2019 NRECA Annual Meeting --International Lunch -- Chris Hamon, right, presents International Award to Chuck Dawsey, former CEO Benton REA and former NRECA director from Washington.

Former General Manager Wins International Award

Retired Benton REA General Manager Chuck Dawsey was the 2018 recipient of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association International Award. “We are joined together with a common goal to help others, to improve lives, to strengthen communities and to find a better way through electrification,” Chuck said as he received the award at the 2019…

Nathan Shibley and Michelle Bolling

Benton REA Sends Students to Washington, D.C.

Two Hanford High sophomores will visit the nation’s capital in June on the National Rural Electric Cooperative Youth Tour Nathan Shibley and Michelle Bolling will represent Benton REA on the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s Electric Cooperative Youth Tour June 13-20, 2019. The Hanford high school sophomores were selected by a committee of Benton REA…

Benton REA Board District Map

Trustee Districts 1, 2, 3 Open for Nominations

Benton REA is governed by eight trustees who each represent a district of members. These trustees are elected by you—our members—to serve a three-year term. In 2019, the three incumbent trustees up for election include Buddy Treadway, District 1; Mike Freepons, District 2; and Bob Evans, District 3. Represent Your District on the Board Any…