On June 8, around 1,250 LaGrange County REMC members and their families came together at the annual meeting to elect four members of our board of directors, while enjoying each other’s company, a pork burger lunch, classic rock music and fun children’s activities.
Tony Bontrager was elected by members as director of District 3. He was previously appointed to the board in February after the retirement of longtime director Jeff Hampshire. Incumbent directors re-elected were Shane Rasler, District 5; Jeff Brill, District 6; and Roger Domer, District 7 — each ran unopposed.
The business meeting began with a flag ceremony, the Pledge of Allegiance and a recognition of the veterans in attendance before CEO Mark Leu spoke to the crowd about the innovation of the cooperative and the technology that powers it.
“With the myriad of new technologies that are on the cusp of breaking into mainstream use, from distributed generation resources like solar power systems and battery storage, to electric vehicles and smart homes, the way people consume energy is headed for some big changes,” Leu said. “Whatever new technology or challenge comes our way, you know you have a cooperative laser focused on meeting your needs and doing the right thing for you and for our community.”
Attendees viewed displays and talked to REMC employees about various programs we offer. Guests from our power supplier, Wabash Valley Power Alliance, showcased information about Co-op Solar, our community solar program, and Indiana Connection representatives discussed the newly renamed and redesigned magazine.
REMC Energy Advisor Jake Taylor provided information on electric vehicles, displaying one onsite to teach members about its technology and the potential it has for the cooperative and our members.
LaGrange County REMC also invited local organizations to speak with members, including Parkview LaGrange Hospital, Honor Flight Northeast Indiana, LaGrange County Public Library, LaGrange County Historical Society and LaGrange County Parks and Recreation Department.
Younger attendees learned about exotic animals through Indiana Wild, played in bounce houses and could have their faces painted by clowns.
Crowds were also entertained with music from The Time Travelers. Cash and other prizes were given away throughout the day.
To view photos from the annual meeting, go to https://www.indianaconnection.org/annual-meeting-snapshots-4/