Youth Tour Winners Announced
Three outstanding high school students will represent Black River Electric Cooperative on the 2015 Washington Youth Tour. The judges chose Emma Jane Gaulke, Sean P. McAlister and Jacob C. Reaves to attend the week-long event in June. They will be traveling with 65 other South Carolina students to the nation’s capital where they will be joined by more than 1,500 students from across the country. During their stay in Washington, they will participate in numerous activities including visiting their Congressman, touring historical sites and learning more about electric cooperatives.
Emma is a junior at Thomas Sumter Academy in Dalzell. She is the daughter of Thomas and Tory Brock and Matthew Gaulke. Emma lives in Camden. As a student at Thomas Sumter, she is active in student government, serving as secretary of the Student Body. Emma is a member of the varsity basketball team, varsity cheerleading squad, varsity track team, equestrian team, advanced dance team and show choir. She is a member of the Faculty Honor Roll and the National Honor Society. Emma was awarded the Mitch Edens Memorial Award for “Best All Around Girl” at Thomas Sumter in 2014. For the past two (2) years, Emma has volunteered at the Camden Free Clinic. Emma hopes to attend either the University of SC or the University of Florida and one day become a psychiatrist. She is a member of Harmony Church in Sumter.
Sean McAlister is a junior at Wilson Hall. He is the son of Matthew and Lara McAlister of Sumter. Sean is president of the Spanish Club, a member of the varsity soccer team, bowling team and track team. Sean’s passion is acting. He is a member of the Wilson Hall Drama Club and Sumter Little Theater. He has performed in numerous productions including, Beauty and the Bee, The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, Beauty and the Beast, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever and the musicals Oklahoma and Legally Blonde. Sean received the Drama Award at Wilson Hall and was named runner-up for “Best Actor” at the SCISA Regional Drama Festival. After school, Sean would like to attend Emerson College and pursue a career in the theater.
Jacob “Jake” Reaves is also a junior at Wilson Hall. He is the son of Jim and Stacey Reaves of Gable. Jake is a member of the Senior Beta Club, High Honors List, Spanish Club, Spanish Honor Society, and Wilson Hall Chorus. He also serves as president of the Economics class and is a Baron Ambassador. Jake was a member of the junior varsity baseball team and varsity football team. He participated in the musical Oklahoma and had a lead role in the musical Legally Blonde. Jake is an active member of New Harmony Presbyterian Church and youth group. He works part-time at Simpson’s Hardware. Jake hopes to attend Clemson University and pursue a career in agricultural business or engineering.
These students were chosen from 15 applicants representing schools in Sumter, Clarendon, Kershaw and Lee counties.
Black River Announces New CEO
The Board of Trustees proudly announces the appointment of Charles “Charlie” R. Allen as the new Chief Executive Officer of BREC effective January 2015. Allen will replace C. Herb Leaird who will be retiring after 32 years of dedicated service as CEO.
Mr. Allen received a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from The Citadel in 1978. He is currently the Vice President of Engineering and Operations at Black River. He came to BREC in 2004 after completing 22 years with CP&L / Progress Energy where he served as operations manager in Sumter and project engineer, district and division engineering supervisor, and distribution engineer in Raleigh and Goldsboro, NC. Mr. Allen also served four (4) years in the US Air Force 4th Combat Support Group located at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in Goldsboro, NC.
Allen is a founding member of the User Advisory Council for Exceleron and Applied Technology Solutions (ATS) and previously served on the User Advisory Council for Landis + Gyr. He is the founder and chair of Sumter’s Utility Coordination Committee and a member of the Industrial Association for the Greater Sumter Chamber of Commerce. He currently serves on the Salvation Army Advisory Board and Sumter Rotary Club Board of Directors. Charlie received the Paul Harris Fellow – Avenue of Service award in 2013 from the Sumter Rotary Club. He is an active member of Grace Baptist Church where he is a deacon, substitute Sunday school teacher, member of the audio-visual committee and chairman of the finance committee.
Charlie Allen is married to the former Carol J. Heaton of Taylors, SC and the couple has four adult children.
“I am excited about the future of Black River,” said Allen. “We have a lot of challenges ahead of us, but I feel we are in a great position to address these challenges”. Mr. Allen went on to say, “We have great employees, a responsible Board and we are financially sound. I look forward to beginning this new endeavor”.
Publication of Unclaimed Capital Credits
Black River Electric Cooperative recently published in The Sumter Item newspaper a listing of over 1,450 names of former members. This list represents former members whose last known address was in South Carolina and have unclaimed Capital Credits with us. Capital Credits are a popular benefit of electric cooperative members. For that reason, we want to find as many former members as possible who have unclaimed Capital Credits. Please click on the link below to find a listing of names and last known addresses for ALL former members with unclaimed Capital Credits. If you were a member of Black River Electric Cooperative BEFORE 1999 and have not received a Capital Credit check, click here to see if the cooperative has unclaimed Capital Credits for you.