And two years ago, it was hot.
“It was cooking,” Goldenwest Electric Manager John Sokoloski says. “It was probably 90-95 degrees outside and felt just as bad inside.”
Sokoloski spoke with a few Golva residents, and a plan was set in motion to install air conditioning in the church’s reception hall.
Goldenwest Electric board director Ray Clouse collected a project estimate of about $15,000 and brought it before the board for consideration. The board voted to contribute $5,000 toward the project, then submitted grant applications to Basin Electric’s member matching program and CoBank’s Sharing Success program.
Each year, Basin Electric sets aside one-third of its charitable giving budget for member matching donations.
Basin Electric and CoBank each contributed $5,000, and the project was completed in June – just in time for Goldenwest Electric’s 2016 annual meeting July 14 in Golva, and any other summer events planned at the church.
“We’re happy to help out,” Sokoloski said. “It’s a great benefit to the community of Golva. We’re a small co-op so we don’t have too many dollars laying around, but we are committed to the communities around here.”