The 22nd Annual Meeting of the Members of East-Central Iowa REC was held on Thursday, June 15, and it was well attended.
This year, we were honored to welcome guest speaker Mary McLaury, the former COO of Touchstone Energy® Cooperative. She spoke about the meaning behind the cooperative difference. We were also pleased to have 2016 Youth Tour alumnae Kirstie Martin and Jamie Thompson share about the once-in-a-lifetime experiences they had in Washington, D.C. They thanked the ECI REC Board and membership for the opportunity. Finally, Roger Uthoff, Navy vet and treasurer of Eastern Iowa Honor Flight, thanked ECI REC for its support. He asked the veterans in attendance to raise their hands, and the audience applauded the men and women who have served our country.
As usual, Board elections took place during the meeting. Jeff Elliott (District 11), Chris Sackett (District 12), and Steve Rau (District 26) were all re-elected to serve three-year terms. During the Board of Directors reorganization meeting, which took place after the meal, Steve Rau was re-elected to the office of president. Elected to new leadership positions were Jeff Elliott, vice president; Ryan Kress, secretary/treasurer; and Chris Sackett, assistant secretary/treasurer.
For the meal, McElroy’s Catering of Winthrop provided barbecue pork sandwiches, side dishes, and beverages. Joseph, Frank, and Karen Weber also served ice cream. Members attending the Annual Meeting received reusable food bags courtesy of East-Central Iowa REC, Eastern Iowa Honor Flight, Quaker Oats, and PepsiCo. Leftover food bags were donated to the local food pantry. Door prizes included several gift cards, as well as a cash prize and bill credits.
22nd Annual Meeting Prize Winners
Grand prize $100 bill winner: Doris Smith
$100 energy credit winners for mail-in ballots:
- District 1, Benton area: Prairie Creek Church via James Hoffman
- District 2, Buchanan area: Lonny Hesse
$50 Walmart gift cards:
- Carl Evans
- Deb Reichen
- Robert Simnacher
- Donna Lohrer
- Charles Pettit
- Merle Wilson, Jr.
- Samuel Overturf
- Burton Moore
- David Inman
- Raymond Michael
- William Seely
- Yasmine Rogers
- Roger Uthoff
- Fern Lee
- Russell Adams
- Donald Fratzke