On Sept. 22-23, Family Day was enjoyed by approximately 200 people beginning Friday evening and concluding Saturday afternoon.
Staff and family participated in 13 interactive booths to learn about many aspects of Sunflower’s wholesale generation and transmission services, such as hotsticking and transmission voltages, Sunflower’s vehicle fleet and heavy equipment, solar energy, purchasing, laboratory work, and CIP responsibilities. The sky view from the bucket manned by the transmission crew was a favorite of the brave-hearted, and all ages enjoyed John Vsetecka’s demonstration about how energy works.
“I loved having the opportunity to bring my family on site to show them a little about where mom works,” said Vicky Olvedo, safety specialist. “My kids were fascinated by it all, the heavy equipment, different departments and getting a visual on how electricity is made. Their two biggest takeaways? No.1, ‘It’s so hot in the plant; how do people work in there?’ No. 2, ‘How does everyone remember where everything is? It’s so big.’”
It’s safe to say the many months of planning were worth it.
“The creativity each department put into their booth to make their presentation/activity relatable to all ages was very impressive,” said Dawsena Miller, administrative services supervisor and member of the event’s planning committee, “but seeing the excitement on the kids’ faces and hearing the positive interactions between the workers and family members is really what made the extra time and effort worth every minute! Many employees were already talking about what activities to have “next time!”