Members voted for the cooperative’s board of directors and heard reports on the cooperative’s operations and financial performance.

Laclede Electric Cooperative (LEC), celebrating its 79th year in business, held its annual meeting on August 25 at the Cowan Civic Center in Lebanon. Members voted for the cooperative’s board of directors and heard reports on the cooperative’s operations and financial performance.

The following LEC members were elected to serve on the board for three years: Joel Cravens from District 1; Carl Lowrance from District 2; and Jeannie Robbins from District 3. A total of 1,005 members registered and approximately 2,512 people attended this year’s annual meeting.

Before the business meeting, attendees were entertained by the multi-award-winning band Link Union, which has performed more 2,000 venues across the United States and Canada.

In his remarks, CEO/General Manager Marc Roecker focused on the cooperative’s efforts to ensure the continued delivery of safe, reliable and reasonably-priced electric service while also supporting communities and investing in area youth.

“Every day our focus is on the mission to provide safe, reliable and reasonably-priced electric service; however, we also take pride in being an integral part of the communities we serve,” reported Roecker. “The average outage time per member was just over an hour and a half for the year. This achievement is the result of our continued investment in right-of-way clearing, replacing aging poles and wires and other maintenance activities.”

In other matters, the cooperative continues to work diligently in looking out for the interest of members by monitoring legislative and regulatory developments to try to make sure that laws and rules are not detrimental to the energy interests of all members.

Laclede Electric supports numerous events, non-profit organizations and groups through volunteer effort and financial support, as well as sponsoring many educational programs throughout their service territory.

“Our employees volunteer for local charities, organizations and youth activities and are present at many events during the year,” stated Roecker. “In addition, the Laclede Electric Trust, which is celebrating its 20th year this year, has given back nearly $2.5 to local communities since its inception in 1997. These grants have helped to support local organizations and individuals across our service territory through Operation Round-up thanks to the generosity of you, our members.”

In 2017, the cooperative has already seen two severe storms which created significant damage and extended outages. In late April and the first of May, the northern part of the service territory experienced record flooding and the National Weather Service confirmed that a total of three EF-1 tornadoes hit Laclede County over the Memorial Day weekend.

“I want to recognize all our employees who worked tirelessly to restore power to our members,” commented Roecker. “To our members, thank you for your patience and support throughout the restoration efforts.”

The students selected to represent Laclede Electric Cooperative on the Youth Tour to Washington, D.C. and Missouri Cooperative Youth and Leadership Experience were brought on stage and recognized by everyone in attendance.

Each registered member received an attendance prize and were eligible to win prizes in drawings throughout the evening. In the grand prize drawing held at the end of the business meeting; five members won a $100 credit on their electric bill, two members won an iPad Air and one lucky member won a 65-inch Television.

Children ages 4 -12 enjoyed inflatables, games, movies and crafts in the kid’s area hosted by the Lebanon Family YMCA. Three parents who brought their children to the annual meeting and registered for the drawing won a $100 Wal-Mart gift card.