Cooperatives Employees Recognized for Community Service
The employees of Primeland Cooperatives have been recognized for demonstrating outstanding community service in honor of the 75th anniversary of CHS. Primeland Cooperatives was one of eight CHS locations that earned special recognition for donating the most dollars, pounds of food or volunteer hours during a three-month period.
“At CHS, we encourage all our employees to participate in service organizations,” says Ken Blakeman, General Manager of Primeland Cooperatives in Lewiston, Idaho. “The dynamics of our small rural communities are changing. For that reason, we like to see our folks donate time, money or whatever is needed — and see them be a really big part of their community celebrations.”
Primeland employees participated in a wide range of charitable activities, including extensive work with the Keuterville Cowboy Wildland Firefighters: training volunteer firefighters, dispatching workers and delivering supplies to area fire crews, and supervising field burns.
Winning locations received $500 from CHS to give back to their local communities and earned special employee recognition at a “Resources for Enriching Lives” event. Primeland Cooperatives donated its additional funds to the wildland firefighters for purchasing additional fire packs and safety equipment.
“This donation will really help us, ” said Tom Gehring, one of the founders of the Keuterville Cowboy Wildland Firefighters and Primeland Cooperatives Location Manager in Cottonwood, Idaho. After a lightning fire that started on the family ranch that burned 100,000 acres in 2000, “we vowed to help stop another major fire from getting away again. Our goal is to have company-wide fire training.”