North Carolina’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives Recognized as 2006 Partner in 4-H Winner

RALEIGH, NC —North Carolina’s Touchstone Energy cooperatives were recently named a 2006 Partner in 4-H award winner at a luncheon during State 4-H Congress Week held recently at N.C. State University and other Raleigh locations.

The Partner in 4-H award is designed to recognize individuals, groups or business organizations, foundations, associations, governmental bodies and other institutions that have worked closely with the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service in supporting the 4-H program.

NC’s Touchstone Energy co-ops were recognized for their leadership, vision and monetary support for the newly developed Citizenship North Carolina Focus conference, a legislative conference for more than 120 4-H students from all across the state. At this conference, 4-Hers discussed local and state issues in workshops, participated in a live taping of NC Spin, a public affairs television show broadcast across the state, and met with NC legislators so government officials could hear firsthand the thoughts and concerns of the next generation of North Carolina’s leadership.

The NC Touchstone Energy co-ops were also honored for their annual Touchstone Energy 4-H Clover Classic golf tournament, support of the 4-H gala and for decades of support for the 4-H electric presentation program.

North Carolina Cooperative Extension at North Carolina State and North Carolina A&T State universities conducts the 4-H program. More than 187,000 young people between the ages of 5 and 19 participate in North Carolina 4-H activities each year with the help of 20,000 adult and youth volunteers.

North Carolina’s electric cooperatives provide energy to 2.4 million people in 93 of the state’s 100 counties, primarily in the rural areas of the state. The electric cooperatives own and maintain 92,000 miles of power lines, the most of any electric utility in North Carolina.