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Prism Propane Teams With HWE & CoBANK To Make A Big Difference

Tomorrow at 3 p.m., Hancock-Wood Electric Cooperative and Prism Propane Services of Ohio, LLC representatives will present a $20,000 check to the The Boy Scouts of America’s Camp Berry, 11716 County Road 40 in Findlay, as part of a Sharing Success Grant program offered through CoBANK, an electric distribution banking group based in Atlanta, Georgia.

Each of the local organizations donated $5,000 and CoBank contributed the remaining $10,000 toward the purchase of a generator that powers clean and sanitary water services at the camp. Black Swamp Area Council of the Boy Scouts Board Member Karl Heminger told Hancock-Wood leadership last summer, that the camp suffered extensive derecho storm damage in 2012 that knocked down hundreds of trees, strew debris and put their water pumping services virtually out of commission.

Hancock-Wood President and CEO George Walton and Vice President of Engineering and Operations Bill Barnhart met with Heminger and Scout Program Director Andrew Tata in June and determined what was needed was a new generator. Walton pledged to help find funding. To kick off the effort, Hancock-Wood held a Strike it Rich employee bowling challenge the following week with a portion of the proceeds benefitting the camp.

Walton then partnered with CoBank’s Vice President Clarence Mahovlich to explore grant opportunities and discovered Sharing Success would fit the bill. Camp Berry leadership is working with area contractors for installation of the generator, which is expected in 2014.

This year marks the 75th Anniversary of Hancock-Wood Electric Cooperative, established in April 1938.  The co-op serves portions of Hancock, Wood, Allen, Erie, Hardin, Henry, Putnam, Sandusky, Seneca and Wyandot counties.  Throughout the cooperative’s history, HWEC has supported local causes through charitable contributions, volunteerism and other activities to make a positive impact on quality of life within the communities it serves. Prism Propane was formed in 1998 as a for-pro­fit company and subsidiary of the Hancock-Wood non-profit organization.

CoBANK is a national cooperative bank providing loans, leases, export financing and other financial services to agribusinesses and rural power, water and communications providers in all 50 states. CoBANK’s Sharing Success program was launched in June 2012 and matches grants from local cooperatives across the nation.

For more information about Hancock-Wood Electric Cooperative, visit or call 800-445-4840.

Hancock-Wood Electric Board Elects Prism Solutions Trustees

On September 24, during a Prism Solutions Board meeting, the Hancock-Wood Electric Cooperative (HWEC) Board elected two trustees to the Prism Solutions board. Each trustee will serve a three-year term, beginning October 22, 2013. Prism Solutions Board of Trustees governs operations of Prism Propane Services of Ohio, LLC, a subsidiary of Hancock-Wood.

Three candidates competed for two vacant seats on the board, due to expiring terms. Don Barker of Portage Township was re-elected and will continue his role as vice president. He and newcomer David George of Arcadia will be sworn in as Prism Solutions trustees during the Prism Solutions Board annual meeting next month. George will fill the seat vacated by Steve Gerten. John Rose of Arlington was unsuccessful in his bid.

Barker, a former HWEC Board president, is a life-long farmer and a former employee of Dow Chemical Company. He is a graduate of McComb High School and served as a Portage Chapel Methodist Church member, McComb Board of Education president and as Hancock County Farm Bureau chairman. He and his wife Jeanette have five children, Sonja, Brad, David, Dennis and Karen.

George also is a life-long farmer and self-employed as a mechanic, after working for 26 years as a foreman for Marathon Oil Corporation. He was graduated from Arcadia High School and Lincoln Technical Institute, where he specialized in auto diesel mechanics. George is a member of the Arcadia United Methodist Church Choir and a trustee of the church’s finance and missions committees. Aside from his Farm Bureau Board duties, he also serves on the Washington Township Volunteer Fire Department, and was a member of the Oasis Praise Band. He and his wife Terri have four children, Lindsey, Derek, Tasha and Derol.

Prism Solutions Board members are David Corbin, president; Don Barker, vice president; Tom Kagy, secretary/treasurer; and members James Demler and David George. George Walton is the company chief operating officer.

Prism Propane was formed in 1998 as a for-profit company and subsidiary of the HWEC non-profit organization to offer economically priced propane gas services to customers in Allen, Hancock, Hardin, Henry, Putnam, Sandusky, Seneca, Wyandot and Wood counties. Since that time, it has grown to become one of the leading propane companies in the area and offers 24-hour emergency service, financing plans and online customer registration.

Hancock-Wood Electric Cooperative was established in April 1938 to serve member/owners in 10 districts, occupying portions of Hancock, Wood, Allen, Erie, Hardin, Henry, Putnam, Sandusky, Seneca and Wyandot counties.  It is the sole shareholder of Prism Propane.

For more information about Prism Propane, visit or call 877-887-7476. For more information about Hancock-Wood Electric Cooperative, visit or call 800-445-4840.