Longtime EnerStar employees honored at retirement
It’s a sad time when employees retire. They are family. While you wish them well, it is hard to see them go. Such a wealth of information leaves the building with them. It is hard to fill those shoes!
Four EnerStar employees began the enjoyment of retirement on Nov. 15. They are: Archie Eslinger, Dana Young, Kelly McCrocklin and Vicki Ewing. In total, they represent 125 years of experience!
Archie began his EnerStar career in October 1990 when he entered co-op’s apprentice program. Later as a journeyman lineman, he served as the maintenance crew leader. You would find Archie “running tickets” most days, and his days varied greatly depending on the members’ service requests and the co-op’s needs. He always provided a good laugh, and our co-op family will sure miss that about him.
When it comes to power quality, Systems Crew Leader Dana Young’s mission was to make sure our electric system was performing at optimal level. You could often find him checking breakers and regulators or maintaining one of the co-op’s nine substations. He took great pride in his work as it was a highlight of his career. He joined EnerStar in October 1990 when he entered the co-op’s apprentice program. As a journeymen lineman, he always enjoyed helping membership and accomplished this with ever changing technology and techniques throughout his career.
Vicki was hired as a billing clerk in 1990. Five years later, she was promoted to the position of executive assistant. She has seen many changes at the co-op, but throughout her journey, she always worked closely with the co-op’s board of directors. Speaking of the board, she said, “They care seriously about our members’ needs and the welfare of the cooperative, just as much as the employees do. Love these guys!” To that, we all agree. Vicki will miss her co-op family and is grateful for the years at EnerStar. But now, Vicki is looking forward to playing with grandsons Jordan (7) and Reed (4).
Member Services Representative
Since April 1977, members visiting the EnerStar office have been greeted with Kelly’s friendly smile and warm welcome. She has seen many changes at the co-op during her tenure such as the switch from paper transactions to computers. Actually, all employees shared one computer which required waiting patiently until it was your turn. We will miss her bubbly, positive attitude. Her plans for retirement are to stay active within the Paris community where she was born and raised. Speaking of her retirement, Kelly said, “I will definitely miss my members, especially the regulars at the office. We all have really gotten to know each other through the years.” She thanks everyone for a fantastic ride adding that she loved working for the co-op and appreciates everything that came her way throughout her long co-op career.