The 26th Annual Meeting of the Members of East-Central Iowa REC was held virtually on June 17. Typically, this event has an attendance around 300, but on the shirttails of the COVID-19 pandemic and the state reopening just a few months ago, the Board of Directors moved to hold the meeting virtually via Zoom for a second year.
An important piece of the Annual Meeting is the Board election. This year, members could vote by mail-in ballot, or they could vote online through our website or SmartHub. Donald Shonka (District 6), Nick Donlea (District 8), and Ryan Kress (District 10) were re-elected to serve another three-year term on the Board of Directors.
A Board reorganization meeting followed the election. Re-elected to office were Steve Rau, president; Jeff Elliott, vice president; and Ryan Kress, secretary/treasurer. Julie Kester was elected assistant secretary/treasurer.
This year’s theme—Powering Possibilities—was fitting for ECI REC. This ideal has been present throughout the life of your Cooperative, never more so than in the midst of the pandemic and the unexpected August 10 derecho. We continued to leverage innovative and forward-thinking opportunities to achieve the best interests of you, our member-consumers.
Members who cast a ballot in this year’s election were eligible to win one of twelve $50 bill credits and one of two electric leaf blowers. Members who attended the virtual meeting were entered to win the other electric leaf blower. Winners were selected randomly and electronically.
The following members won $50 bill credits. They will see their credit on their July billing statement:
- Bruce Tonn
- Anthony Desousa
- Bryan Lund
- Linn Co-op Oil Co.
- Gerald Petermeier
- James Kavalier
- G & W Grain & Livestock
- Betty Loeb
- Anita Arnold
- John Bowden
- Christine Maire
- Donald Alden
The following members won the electric leaf blowers:
- Donna Lohrer
- Tina Dodge