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REC meeting

September 18, 2016
Reinbeck Courier

Thursday evening, September 8th, the Grundy County REC conducted its 80th Annual Meeting at the Grundy Center Community Center. An audience of about 175 people was in attendance.

President, Jason Paper, of Conrad conducted the business meeting. Kevin Pruisner, Dike; Ben Espenscheid, Traer; and Jason Paper, Conrad were re-elected to three-year terms as Directors of the Cooperative.

President Paper reported on the activities of the Cooperative during the past year.

Secretary, Norbert Boyle, read the Official Notice of the Annual Meeting.

Treasurer, Ben Espenscheid, gave an account of the financial performance of the Cooperative during the past year.

General Manager, Vicki Daily, spoke on the milestone of celebrating 80 Years of Service for the REC. Additionally, she reported on the long term value to REC members for the completion of the $9.2M FEMA projects that upgraded 274.81 miles of line at a cost of only $1.4M. She also indicated Basin Electric, our Super G&T, is incurring multiple unplanned events that are creating upward pressure on rates, and unfortunately will be reflected in the power cost adjustment on future member electric bills. She stated that these events are out of the co-ops control, but stressed that the Co-op is here to engage with and assist members with their energy management.

Chuck Soderberg, General Manager of Iowa Association of Electric Cooperatives, spoke about his past history as an Iowa legislator and his new position at the Association. He also spoke about current issues facing Iowa's electric Cooperatives including the Clean Power Plan.

The re-organization meeting was held immediately following the Annual Meeting and the officers elected were: President, Kevin Pruisner; Vice President, Earl Slinker; Treasurer, Ben Espenscheid; Secretary, Norbert Boyle; and Assistant Secretary/Treasurer, Larry Rohach.

Winner of the electric grill was Kelly Schott, Gladbrook. Winners of the 3 $100 cash prizes were: Robert Bonzer, Liscomb; Barmar Farms Inc., Reinbeck; Lawrence Svoboda, Clutier. Winners of the 7 $50 cash prizes were: Leslie Bern and Philip Koester, Gladbrook; Smith Pleasantview Inc., Beaman; Manson Vokoun, Clutier; Lillian Dostal and Lavera Arp, Traer; Larry Sevcik, Toledo. Winners of the 45 $25 cash prizes were: Ronald Hardman and Brandon Hardman, Ackley; David Wolff, Wilbert Ubben, and Fred Bolhuis, Aplington; Dolores Yuska, Buckingham; Wayne Hornung, Cedar Falls; Daniel Kubik, John Svoboda, and Steven Rash, Clutier; Kadner Farms, Beverly Caputo, and Lois Katzer, Conrad; Shane Metz, Donald Adams, Donald Pruisner, and Curtis Bakker, Dike; Don Price, Eldora; Jason Hamann and Dale Whaley, Gladbrook; Grant Janousek, Grundy Center; Holland Sign, Holland; Claude Brown, Hudson; Jerry Lehman and Charles Fry, Liscomb; Bryon Bessman and Roger Vreeland, Marshalltown; Phillip Sparrgrove, Herman Luhring, and Donald Allspach, Parkersburg; James Stanbrough, Glen Witt, Beth Thompson, and Gerald Kinney, Reinbeck; Roger Boerm, John Hayek, and Gary Benda, Toledo; Ernie Podhajsky, Ervin Hanus, St. Wenceslaus Church, Dostal Farms Inc., Scott Kern, and Donald Wolfgram, Traer; William Follett, Union; and Harold Sealman, Wellsburg.



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