East Central Energy Annual Meeting Results

Monday, April 6th, 2009 at 8:32 am

eceBRAHAM, MN—East Central Energy (ECE) highlighted the partnership it has with its members and its work as their advocate during the cooperative’s 73rd annual meeting held Saturday, April 4.

More than 600 members, families and friends enjoyed breakfast at East Central Schools near Finlayson, MN, where they had the chance to learn how their cooperative is working to keep electricity reliable and affordable amid the current industry challenges.

During the business meeting, ECE President and CEO Garry Bye explained the factors that are causing electric bills to rise and emphasized that the cooperative remains financially strong despite the turbulent times. He thanked members for participating in the state and national Our Energy, Our Future campaigns, which are urging legislators to find balanced, affordable solutions to the country’s energy challenges.

A panel discussion gave members the opportunity to have their questions answered by regional leaders in the electric industry. Serving on the panel were Greg Ridderbusch, vice president of business development and strategy for Great River Energy, ECE’s wholesale power supplier, and Lee Sundberg, director of governmental affairs for Minnesota Rural Electric Association.

Results of the annual director elections were announced at the meeting. ECE members in districts 2, 4 and 5 voted for their representative on the ECE Board of Directors. In district 2, Lonnie K. Johnson was elected. Members in district 4 re-elected Joseph Morley and in district 5, Jerry Tvedt was elected. Bye thanked outgoing directors David Deutschlander and Don Martens for their years of service on the board and all candidates for their participation in the election. The election is one essential way for members to share their voice and have an impact on the future of their cooperative.

The board members re-elected Joe Morley chair of the board.  Bob Thompson was re-elected vice chair, and Diane Zimmerman was re-elected secretary-treasurer.

Participants also enjoyed bucket truck rides and bingo. A number of displays provided information about ECE’s energy-conservation and money-saving programs. Renewable energy, electrical safety, vegetation management and ECE’s community programs were also featured.

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