Representing S.C. in D.C.
July 14, 2010
Aimi Nguyen and Peter Barfield
represented Horry Electric Cooperative at
the 2010 Electric Cooperative Youth Tour in June.
Peter Barfield, of Conway, has been selected
to represent South Carolina on the Youth Leadership Council (YLC) of the
National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA). Barfield will
attend the YLC Conference, July 17-21, 2010, in Washington, D.C. The
conference agenda includes leadership and team building exercises,
meeting with Capitol Hill staff members who are “alumni” of NRECA’s
Electric Cooperative Youth Tour, and a competition to select the NRECA’s
National Youth Spokesperson.
Barfield’s electric co-op experience began in June when he attended the
Electric Cooperative Youth Tour
in Washington, D.C. with 45 other South
Carolina high students including Aimi Nguyen of Myrtle Beach. Both
students were selected by Horry Electric Cooperative to represent the
co-op on the June trip. During the trip, the South Carolina delegation
selected Barfield to serve on the YLC and attend the Leadership
“This is what it’s all about,” said Barfield. “I’m preparing myself for
the future with my peers from across the country, thanks to Horry
Electric and NRECA. We will expand our knowledge of the American
political system, broaden our understanding of cooperatives and develop
our leadership skills.”
While in Washington, the YLC members will learn about cooperatives
through their discussions with Glenn English, CEO of NRECA, Sheldon
Peterson, Governor of the National Rural Cooperative Finance Corporation
(CFC) and Jack Harvey, Interim CEO of the National Rural
Telecommunications Cooperative (NRTC).
All 42 members of the YLC, including Barfield, will participate in the
2011 NRECA Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida. They will provide
assistance to the NRECA staff and co-op delegates; participate in the
Parade of States at the opening General Session and take part in a
variety of educational activities.