Message From CEO Steve Marlow
It’s that time of year again: East-Central Iowa REC is gearing up for the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Members, which will be held Thursday, June 16, at the Heartland Acres Agribition Center in Independence.
The Annual Meeting is a special time for Cooperative members to gather, share experiences, hear from Co-op leadership and, perhaps most importantly, vote to elect your new Board members. ECI REC employees work hard to host this event, and we encourage you to attend and exercise some of the many rights you have as a member of an electric cooperative. We know the food and prizes are the best parts of the meeting, but there is so much more to the event.
Did you know the Annual Meeting is an occasion to discuss and learn more about the issues affecting our community? For example, Iowa cooperatives take an active role in communicating with legislators and those running for office about issues that could impact how much our members pay for electricity, even planning events to ask questions of presidential candidates prior to the February caucuses. The Annual Meeting gives you the opportunity to share your concerns about affordable electricity with ECI REC leaders who can carry these on to legislators.
Your Annual Meeting is also the occasion to exercise one of the greatest benefits of being an electric co-op member: voting for the upcoming year’s Board of Directors.
ECI REC is not owned by far-away investors, and it is not run by an appointed board of directors. Your Cooperative is run by a democratically elected Board that is given the privilege to serve because of your vote.
So, at this year’s Annual Meeting, not only will you be informed about your Cooperative (and maybe win a prize!), but you will feel good knowing that you had a voice in a very important decision that impacts one of our most vital resources—electricity.
From all of your friends at ECI REC, we hope to see you in June at the Annual Meeting.