News from South Central Indiana REMC

By | January 7, 2018

Electric cooperative to sponsor students at Touchstone Energy Camp

MARTINSVILLE – South Central Indiana Rural Electric Membership Corporation (SCI REMC) will sponsor two students at the annual Touchstone Energy Camp. The camp will be held June 6-9, 2018, at Camp Tecumseh in Brookston, Indiana.

Students entering seventh grade in 2018 are eligible to attend and are selected by their local cooperative to participate in the three-day program. The students’ agenda combines traditional outdoor camp activities with environmental education, electrical safety practices and cooperative business education.

“This is a great way for students to learn about the role of the electric cooperative in their community. On top of that, they get to experience all the fun of camp,” said Maura Giles, SCI REMC manager of cooperative relations.

More information and the application for Touchstone Energy Camp are available online at Applications are due Feb. 15, 2018.

The Touchstone Energy Camp program was developed by a committee of electric cooperative employees from Indiana. The camp is funded in part by Indiana’s electric cooperatives, Hoosier Energy, Wabash Valley Power, Indiana Electric Cooperatives and other industry partners.


Electric cooperative to sponsor students for D.C. trip

SCI REMC accepting applications for Indiana Youth Tour

MARTINSVILLE – South Central Indiana Rural Electric Membership Corporation (SCI REMC) will sponsor two students on the annual Indiana Youth Tour to Washington, D.C. The 2018 Indiana Youth Tour is June 7-14.

Students entering their senior year in 2018 are eligible to attend and are selected by their local cooperative to participate in the weeklong trip. Indiana will send a delegation of approximately 85 students from throughout the state. The students travel to Washington and convene with more than 1,800 students from up to 46 states.

“SCI REMC is pleased to provide this opportunity for our local youth,” said Maura Giles, SCI REMC manager of cooperative relations. “It’s a great trip and a wonderful chance to see the sites, make new friends and learn how everyone, of all ages, can make a difference in the political process.”

More information and applications for the Youth Tour are available online at Applications are due Feb. 15, 2018.

Students participating in the trip will visit the Gettysburg Battlefield, Arlington National Cemetery, the Smithsonian museums, tour the Jefferson, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorials, take a night cruise on the Potomac River, and much more.

The Indiana Youth Tour students will also participate in a youth rally hosted by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association and spend a day on Capitol Hill, where they will have an opportunity to meet with Indiana’s congressional delegation to ask questions and share their thoughts on a variety of timely issues.


SCI REMC’s Operation RoundUp awards $37,970 in community grants

$18,470 awarded in Morgan County

MARTINSVILLE – South Central Indiana Rural Electric Membership Corporation’s (SCI REMC) Operation RoundUp board of trustees recently awarded $37,970 to nine nonprofit organizations in Morgan, Monroe, and Owen counties, bringing the total to more than $3.2 million that has been given to the community since the program began in 1995.

Outgoing SCI REMC Operation RoundUp Trustee Ann Lankford presents a check to Joe Mills of Stability First. Lankford has served on the Operation RoundUp board for six years.

Established as an extension of the electric cooperative principle “neighbor helping neighbor,” the electric co-op’s members round up their electric bills to the next even dollar. This spare change accumulates in a community fund, resulting in thousands of dollars being given in grants each year.  Members who participate contribute an average of only $6 per year, demonstrating that little things really do make a difference.

“About 75% of our membership participates by rounding up their electric bills to the nearest dollar,” said Maura Giles, SCI REMC Manager of Cooperative Relations. “It’s a great example of how when we come together, we can make a huge impact in our communities. This program is a testament to the value of cooperative membership and a demonstration of the cooperative spirit.”

This quarter, grants were awarded to the following organizations:

Morgan Co.

  • Martinsville Police Department – law enforcement/criminal justice course at Martinsville High School, $3,700
  • Link Observatory Space Science Institute – “Discover Space Classroom” and live programming, $2,500
  • Rediscover Martinsville – Wisdom of Wooden public art initiative, $1,970
  • Stability First Inc – assist with development of business “Maggie Bags,” $6,800
  • Agape Therapeutic Riding Resources Inc – purchase two draft horses for programming in Martinsville, $3,500

Monroe Co.

  • Monroe County Humane Association – equipment for general sedation and anesthesia, $3,500
  • Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard – emergency food assistance, $3,500

Owen Co.

  • Friends of McCormick’s Creek State Park – fire tower restoration project, $10,000
  • Spencer/Owen Schools – Backpack Buddies program, $2,500

Operation RoundUp, a grant program sponsored by the members of SCI REMC, has to date awarded 1,118 grants to nonprofit organizations in Morgan, Monroe, Owen, Brown, Putnam, Clay and Johnson counties. Previous Operation RoundUp grants have been awarded to schools, arts organizations, emergency services including fire and police departments, food banks, youth and women’s shelters, conservation clubs, animal rescues, and more.  Non-profit organizations in SCI REMC’s seven counties are invited to apply for the grants, which are awarded each quarter. The next application due date is February 7, 2018. The application can be found at


SCI REMC is a member-owned cooperative electric distribution facility. A cooperative is a business owned by its customers, known as members. SCI REMC is one of 38 rural electric cooperatives in Indiana. Electric cooperatives were organized throughout the state in the 1930s. At that time, investor-owned utilities were supplying power in urban areas, but would not supply electric power to rural customers. This was common across the country at this time in history. People living in rural areas saw that those in cities had electricity, and wanted it as well. As a result, with loans from the Rural Electrification Administration, rural communities banded together and created electric cooperatives. Hoosiers 77 years ago in Morgan, Monroe, Owen, Brown and parts of Putnam, Clay and Johnson counties, pooled their money, and set poles and tied lines by hand to bring electricity to rural South Central Indiana.