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Grundy Electric Cooperative Hosts 70th Annual Meeting
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Approximately 477 individuals attended Grundy Electric Cooperative’s 70th Annual Membership Meeting held September 3rd at the Princeton Elementary School, Princeton, Missouri. Prior to the business meeting, members enjoyed the evening meal served by the Mercer County 4-H Council and musical entertainment by “Young Country, LLC” from Laredo, Missouri.
Members also browsed the information booths and visited with employees of Grundy Electric Cooperative, Mid-States Services, LLC and Mid-West Propane & Refined Fuels, LLC. The GEC Community Foundation booth displayed several grant projects funded primarily through Operation Round Up.
Princeton Boy Scout Troop 105 presented the colors and led the Pledge of Allegiance to the American Flag. Pastor Gary Watkins of the Princeton Christian Church gave the invocation. Peggy Boulware, corporate development manager of the Cooperative introduced special guests and the GEC Board of Directors and their spouses.
Grundy Electric Cooperative Board President, Dan Lentz presided over the business meeting. Lentz informed the membership how GEC assisted coops during the February ice storm in southern Missouri. He discussed the reason electric rates are increasing and what Grundy and Associated Electric are doing to hold down costs, in order to remain one of the lowest cost providers in the area.
General Manager, Scott Wilson updated members regarding the “Take Control and Save” program. This program allows the Cooperative to help members improve their energy efficiency through various rebates and services while lowering demand for energy. Wilson discussed the proposed cap and trade legislation and advised that any carbon tax implemented would ultimately be passed onto the consumers of electricity which could lead to skyrocketing electric bills. He urged members to contact their U. S. Senators and Representatives about this adverse legislation.
GEC Community Foundation, Inc. President Cliff Addison, reported that the Foundation has awarded 157 grants for a total of $114,700 since its inception in 2005. He discussed the importance of Operation Round-Up and thanked members who currently participate. Addison, and Trustee Rhonda Ewing presented the 4th quarter grants to successful recipients. Recipients included: Princeton R-V Elementary and High School, Princeton; Laredo R-VII Elementary School, Laredo; South Harrison Elementary and High School, Bethany; North Harrison Elementary School, Eagleville; S.M. Rissler Elementary School, Trenton; Grundy County R-V School, Galt; North Mercer R-III School, Mercer; Ridgeway R-V School, Ridgeway and the Mercer County Extension Council, Princeton.
Members elected three directors to serve a 3-year term. Incumbent Jack Clark of Trenton, Missouri; was re-elected to serve Area #1; Dan Lentz of Browning, Missouri was re-elected to represent Area #2 and Lewis Jones of Gilman City, Missouri was re-elected to represent Area #5.
Grundy Electric Cooperative Directors held a re-organizational meeting in which the following officers were elected: Dan Lentz, President; Joe Hartley, Vice President; Lewis Jones, Secretary; Richard Moore, Treasurer; Marvin Harding, Assistant Secretary. Other board members include: Tom Ewing, Jack Clark, and Eric Woodard.
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