It was so good to meet in person and see so many of our members at our annual meeting on March 26. Here are a few highlights from the event.
There were 3,245 votes cast in the director election this year. It’s encouraging to see our members taking an interest in the leadership of the cooperative and taking advantage of the many voting options available. Congratulations to Jesse McClure, Melissa Menchhofer, and Casey Menchhofer on being re-elected for additional three-year terms on the board of directors.
Food and entertainment
The Hopewell Baptist Church group provided the food for the annual meeting. It does this as a fundraiser for its Operation Christmas Child ministry project. The group estimates having served 250 to 300 people and made enough this year to ship roughly 180 shoeboxes.
The Southern Sirens provided the pre-meeting entertainment this year. Members enjoyed listening to them while they ate and visited with one another. We heard they got a standing ovation following their performance of “The House of the Rising Sun.”
Girl Scout cookies
Girl Scout Troop 2459 was very busy selling its cookies. Who could resist those adorable faces? The girls also did a great job leading in the pledge to the flag during the opening ceremony.
There were several informational booths, a scavenger hunt activity for the kids, live line safety demonstrations by our lineworkers, and an electric vehicle showcase at the main entrance for people to see and learn more about several different EV models. We were thrilled to get to talk with so many of you about all the programs and services we have to offer.
The opening ceremony was very moving, thanks to the American Legion Post 173 color guard, Girl Scout Troop 2459, Kristen Hobbs (vocalist), and Earl Thomas (minister of the Church of Christ at Osgood).
We were pleased to have State Rep. Randy Frye as our special guest speaker again this year, followed by reports from the board of directors and general manager on the goals and achievements of the cooperative, and the work of our statewide association, IEC, and our power supplier, Hoosier Energy.
Each year, the meeting wraps up with prize drawings. This year, the two grand prize winners were Janice Cook (Greenworks Pro 80-Volt electric rototiller) and Joan Nobbe (50-inch Amazon Fire smart TV).
While the adults were attending the business meeting, the children were led in some fun make-and-take activities. As you can see, we have some very artistic and creative kiddos!