Members learn about their
cooperative at the ECE Annual Meeting
Hundreds of ECE members joined their cooperative to
open the next chapter in its dynamic history at the
76th annual meeting Saturday, April 14.
Members, families and friends gathered at Rush City
High School for the opportunity to get better
acquainted with their cooperative. The Pine County
Dairy Princesses and students from Rush City High
helped serve a complimentary pancake breakfast to
657 members. The high school choir sang the National
Anthem at the start of the business meeting.
The hub of the action prior to the business meeting
was the gymnasium, where new wellness activities
engaged members with their fun and informative
flair. Volunteers provided blood pressure checks,
hand/wrist messages, stretching demonstrations,
dental health and heart health information. Members
tried their luck at prizes in the health walk and
registered for a chance to win a new bike.
A video showed the extent of the storm damage on
ECEs system last summer. Operations staff at the
co-op created a large pole-mount transformer display
to help members see how electrical equipment is
impacted in a storm and learn what ECE is doing to
protect equipment across the system and minimize
blinks and outages.
ECEs energy experts were on hand with information
that can help members save energy and money. The
co-ops central air conditioner and air source heat
pump programs are a focus at this time of year, but
members also took home valuable information on
lighting rebates, electric water heating savings and
ECEs colorful characters, the Saver family, made a
live appearance at the annual meeting. Bill, Penny,
Max and Minnie are helping ECE transition to the
next chapter with a new look and lighthearted
adventures in saving energy and money. Their story
is featured on the cooperatives website.
More than 365 attended the business meeting to hear
President/CEO Steve Shurts present the 2011
financial report. He answered questions about ECEs
recent rate adjustment and outlined steps the
cooperative is taking to control costs. The result
of the membership vote on the Amended and Restated
Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws was announced.
The new governing documents were approved by the
membership, with 4,092 votes in favor and 623 votes
Mike Kapalin, district 1, David Cartwright, district
3, and David Tellinghuisen, district 6, were
congratulated on being elected by member petition to
serve four-year terms on the ECE Board of Directors.
The Rush City Food Shelf received 137 pounds of food
and $174, thanks to the generosity of ECE members
who brought donations to the annual meeting.
Door prizes awarded at the end of the meeting were a
32-inch LED TV, a Wii gaming system with Wii Fit
accessories, a Coal Creek Tour for two, and an iPod
Touch with a docking station. Members who
participated in Operation Round Up during 2011 and
those who signed up at the annual meeting were
entered in a special drawing for a Kindle Fire. As
they left the business meeting, members received a
gift in appreciation for attending the annual
Getting their Saturday off to a great start
the pancake breakfast at ECE's Annual Meeting
were Kathy Pearson, Maryann and Joe Davis,
Sandy Davis and Janice Ziesmer.