2024 Annual Meeting

Thank you to everyone who attended our annual meeting on Saturday, May 11 at Adams-Friendship High School/Fine Arts Center. Over 100 members enjoyed a pancake breakfast from 7:30 – 9:30 a.m. They also learned about programs the co-op offers along with general co-op information. Members had the opportunity to get a free kit from Focus on Energy, enroll in Operation Round-Up for a chance to win a basket, learn about SmartHub, solar and electric vehicles, and our free safety program. Those who wanted to vote in person had the opportunity to do so at our voting booth.

The annual meeting began at 9:30 a.m. Highlights members heard during the meeting included:
  • A safety message about tree trimming and staying safe near our equipment
  • Recognizing directors, employees, committee groups, and special guests in attendance
  • 2023 highlights about our co-op programs and their impact on the communities we serve
  • Increases in demand rates
  • Our return on investment from the West Riverside Energy Center
  • Details about the cost of service study
  • Patronage capital retirements
  • Reliability and our emergency stock of materials on hand
  • We’re researching utility grade solar
  • Two new substations on our system in the next few years
  • A grant from the PSCW for the project to bring underground service from the Friendship sub to the Friendship office
  • Electronic recycling event this fall, more details to come
Two members had questions from the floor. The first was regarding patronage capital retirements and if that can be used towards lowering rates. The second included a few questions about solar panels.
Attorney Niles Berman announced the election results, stating Derek Alexander received 354 votes and Bruce Rokke received 258, making Derek Alexander our new director for District 1. Adam Jones was elected to District 2 with 564 votes.
Board chairman Aaron Hoernke recognized Ethan Olson for this 5 years of service to the board of directors, and Niles Berman for his over 40 years of service to our co-op.
Event photos will be posted to our Facebook page. Meeting minutes will be posted on this webpage soon.