Grundy Electric Cooperative hosts annual membership meeting

A large crowd attended Grundy Electric Cooperative’s Annual Membership Meeting held August 11, 2016, at the Trenton R-IX High School in Trenton, Missouri.

Prior to the business meeting, over 440 members and guests enjoyed the evening meal served by the Grundy County 4-H members and entertainment by The Marks Family from Jefferson City. Members also browsed the information booths and visited with employees of Grundy Electric Cooperative and Mid-States Services, LLC. Various booths exhibited products and services available to GEC members.

The GEC Community Foundation, Inc. booth included information on grants and Operation Round Up. Prior to the business meeting, GEC Community Foundation President Cliff Addison presented 15 fourth quarter grants, totaling $8,818.04 to recipients.

GEC Board President Dan Lentz presented a plaque to retired GEC Community Foundation Trustee Glenda Homedale of Princeton. Lentz praised Homedale for her service and volunteering as a Trustee over the past 12 years. Boy Scout Troop #99 presented the colors and led the Pledge of Allegiance to the American Flag. GEC Office Manager Cathy McKay gave the invocation.

Grundy Electric Cooperative Board President Dan Lentz presided over the business meeting. Lentz welcomed and thanked members for their attendance and participation in the Cooperative’s annual business meeting.

Lentz shared results from the member satisfaction (ACSI) phone survey completed last fall. President Lentz also announced that the board of directors approved a capital credit refund representing 100% of the remaining year of 1983 and 25% of 2015 totaling $212,368. Capital credit checks will be provided to members during member day events scheduled during the month of October.

General Manager Scott Wilson thanked members for their commitment to the cooperative by attending their Annual Membership Meeting. Wilson stated that Grundy Electric was guided by 7 Cooperative Principles: open membership, democratic control, member’s economic participation, independence, education and training, cooperation among cooperatives and above all concern for community. He presented “Years-of-Service” Awards to six employees. Wilson talked to the members about, a new informational campaign, “Energy Fairness Down The Lines”.

This initiative was established to educate members of the importance that everyone who uses the electric grid pays their fair share of its costs. Manager Wilson stated, “I want to be clear, we are not anti-solar or anti-renewable energy. A total of 20 percent of members power is generated with renewable energy (12% wind and 8% hydropower). The price paid for electricity just needs to be fair for all members.”

Guest speakers were GEC’s Youth Tour Delegates, Emma Novak of Galt and Katie Dailey of Mercer and CYCLE Youth Leadership delegate Nesa Leeper of Princeton and Missouri Institute of Cooperatives delegate

The youth delegates thanked member-owners for the opportunity to attend the 2016 leadership conferences. Members elected two directors to each serve a 3-year term.

Incumbent Eric Woodard of Trenton, representing Area #1 was re-elected. Incumbent Joe Hartley of Mercer, representing Area #4 was re-elected.

During the business meeting, Peggy Boulware presided over the prize drawings which included six $200 electric bill credits and five gifts donated by employees of Grundy Electric and Mid-States Services, LLC. Three area youth were awarded Kindle Fire tablets from an electrical safety coloring contest.

Grundy Electric Cooperative directors held a re-organizational meeting in which the following officers were elected: Dan Lentz, President; Joe Hartley, Vice President; Marvin Harding, Secretary; Eric Woodard, Assistant Secretary and Richard Moore, Treasurer. Other board members include Tom Ewing, Alan Guernsey, and Adrian Cox.