Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association
Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, a longtime, loyal sponsor of Colorado’s 4-H youth, supports state programs in myriad ways including the annual Hoshiko Memorial Golf Tournament, State 4-H Conference, Citizenship Washington Focus, Foundation board leadership and more. Read on to learn more about Tri-State’s rich history, mission and shared values with 4-H.
Please describe your organization…
Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association is the cooperative power supplier to 43 member distribution cooperatives and public power districts who serve over a million consumers in Colorado, Nebraska, New Mexico and Wyoming. Our 1500+ employees help keep the lights on for homes, ranches, businesses and industries in the region.
What is Tri-State’s history of supporting 4-H in Colorado?
Since our inception in 1952, Tri-State’s roots have been firmly planted in the rural communities which we serve. We have been a supporter of 4-H for many years through our sponsorship of state-wide events and, with our Colorado member cooperatives, annually sponsor the Colorado State Fair’s Junior Livestock Auction.
How is Tri-State currently supporting the Colorado 4-H Foundation?
We support the Colorado 4-H Foundation through state-wide sponsorships, including the annual golf tournament and the state-wide conference in Fort Collins. Over half of Tri-State’s employees live and work in the rural communities in which we operate, and many have kids in 4-H. Our employees support local chapters through volunteering and in various leadership positions.
Why is it important to your organization to support Colorado’s 4-H youth?
At Tri-State, we know the value of hard work, of being a leader, and of stepping up to support others. It’s the cooperative way of doing business. We are a proud supporter of Colorado’s 4-H program as we believe being part of the program is an excellent experience for young people across America, and an opportunity to learn leadership and life skills that will benefit them in the future.
How does the mission/vision of Tri-State align with 4-H values?
Tri-State’s mission is to deliver affordable, reliable electricity to our cooperative members, and we align ourselves with the seven cooperative principles, including Cooperation among Cooperatives and Concern for Community. These principles closely mirror that of the 4-H community: Head, heart, hands and health.
What have you found to be the most rewarding part of supporting our state’s 4-H program?
Tri-State believes it is important to support rural youth in Colorado as they grow into future community and cooperative leaders. We’re proud to see the kids in the 4-H program learn, grow and become successful.
Were your employees involved in 4-H?
So many Tri-State employees participated in 4-H, and still support the program through their own kids. One employee grew up in Lincoln, NE and followed her mother’s footsteps into 4-H. As a city kid, she learned how to cook, balance a checkbook and sew. “I loved my 4-H days and meeting kids from other schools. I did always have a pang of jealousy when I was running around the state fair halls looking to see what ribbon my pillow got, when I’d see a girl with a sheep pass by. I always wanted to be a rural 4-H kid!” -Sarah Carlisle
Any parting/additional thoughts?
We thank the Colorado 4-H Foundation for all you do for the youth of this state, and for challenging and recognizing all program participants to be the best leaders they can be. Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, a longtime, loyal sponsor of Colorado’s 4-H youth, supports state programs in myriad ways including the annual Hoshiko Memorial Golf Tournament, State 4-H Conference, Citizenship Washington Focus, Foundation board leadership and more. Read on to learn more about Tri-State’s rich history, mission and shared values with 4-H.