A beautiful evening ushered in the 79th Harrison REMC annual meeting on April 4.
Attendance was up from last year as there were approximately 998 registered members in attendance. Entertainment was provided by Blaise Streets, and there was a lot of toe tapping going on! Harrison County Hospital once again provided blood pressure screenings for members, and Boy Scout Troop #4071 from New Salisbury helped with the popcorn and drinks. Each membership received an energy efficiency kit and a $15 bill credit as a gift for attending.
Districts 4, 5 and 7 were up for election this year. No opposing petitions were received for district 4 and 5, but district 7 did have a contested election. Eric Wise petitioned to run against incumbent Todd Uhl for the district 7 seat at the 2017 annual meeting. Below are the elected directors by district.
- District 4: Dave Walther
- District 5: Darin Duncan
- District 7: Todd Uhl
Members watched a video about the seven cooperative principles and a safety video that showed what to do if a power line comes in contact with your car and you are in it and what you do if you see a downed power line.
In my speech I discussed the new meter project that is underway, and I recognized those members over the age of 90 who attended the meeting. I also recognized the REMC employees for no lost time.
2016 marked the REMC’s second consecutive year without recording a single hour of lost time to an injury. That’s 175,000 work hours! This is truly a remarkable achievement, considering the dangerous work that we do in sometimes very severe conditions.
The children were treated to some fun with a craft and a program by a group of employees from O’Bannon Woods nature center.
As always, I want to thank those who attended the meeting. We look forward to seeing you next year.
DAVID C. LETT is CEO at Harrison REMC.