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2013 Annual Meeting

2013 annual meeting focuses on “Working Together to Make a Difference”

Headshot of CEO, Thomas Gregory.I would like to thank those who attended our 74th annual meeting, which was held Apr. 6, at Vincennes Lincoln High School for your involvement and support of your cooperative. This was my first annual meeting since I was selected by the board of directors as the new CEO of WIN Energy REMC after the retirement of Dave Jones on Mar. 22.

I began my career with Knox County REMC on Jan. 1, 1983 as the accountant. Since that time I have served in many capacities including office manager and manager of finance and administration of Knox County REMC for 14 years.  Following the merger I held the position of director of finance and administration for 14 years. Most recently, I was promoted to COO in Jun. 2011.

As the new CEO, I intend to lead this cooperative in accordance with the values and principles that we were founded on, by working together with our members to make a difference in the service we provide, on issues facing our industry, and in our communities.

My message to the members at the annual meeting focused on how we can work together to provide reliable electric service to our members at the lowest possible cost, through the programs and services that weMariah Creek Bluegrass Musicians entertaining the crowd. offer. I also discussed working together through grassroots efforts to take a stance on issues facing our industry in order to keep electricity affordable for all members.  A large part of my message focused on making a difference in our communities. One of the seven cooperative principles is commitment to community and it is something that is very important to this cooperative. We will continue to focus in these areas and seek other opportunities to work together to make a difference.

Members signing in at the annual meeting.At this year’s meeting there were 507 registered members in attendance, as well as, several other guests.  During registration, attendees were entertained by the popular Mariah Creek Bluegrass Musicians.   The meeting began with Carsyn Wayland, a seventh grade student from Sullivan Middle School, singing the National Anthem followed by Board Director, Bob Phillips leading the invocation.

Board Chairman, Daniel Schuckman and corporate attorney, E.D. Powell conducted the business meeting.  The financial reports were given by Board Treasurer, Marion Jochim and REMC auditor, Joe Boesing.

The election of directors was conducted and the members that were present voted to elect the following directors to represent the membership in their districts:  Doris Brocksmith to represent district 1, Marlin Dreiman to represent district 2, and Emil Page to represent district 6. Joy Underhill, of Winslow, with the John Deere riding lawn tractor she won.

Members in attendance received a $5.00 electric bill credit, an indoor/outdoor thermometer, CFL light bulbs and had a chance to win one of 126 attendance prizes.  The grand prize winner was Kermit and Joy Underhill of Winslow, who won a John Deere riding lawn tractor.  Congratulations to all the winners at this year’s meeting! I look forward to working together with you as the CEO of this cooperative to make a difference!