“The fact that we had so many members come out for the annual meeting makes us happy,” Johnson said. “It means that we have an engaged membership, a membership that cares about their electric cooperative.”

Democracy was in action as more than 1,500 from Co-Mo Country attended the 78th Co-Mo Electric annual meeting of members on Thursday, May 25.

One of the organization’s seven founding principles was on full display on Thursday, as members exercised their democratic member control by taking part in the election of directors. Rick Everhart Sr. (District One, Stover) Rick Purdon (District Two, Laurie) and Craig Allee (District Three, California) were re-elected to the board.

At the re-organizational session after the meeting, for the third year in a row, Gene Eulinger was named board president and Gary Harris will continue to serve as vice president. Rick Everhart, Sr. will continue as secretary and treasurer.

Ken Johnson, the co-op’s general manager and CEO, addressed this year’s crowd, covering many topics. Johnson noted that the cooperative is in strong financial condition. This is indicative by last year’s retirement of $2 million in capital credits. This money goes back to the members who used Co-Mo’s electricity. He also spoke on safety, reliability and power production. Johnson thanked members for heading to the polls in November and noted that the new presidential administration has said the war on fossil fuels has ended. Thus, making it easier to keep electric rates stable.

Johnson’s presentation also hit on the co-op’s fiber project. He shared with the crowd that Co-Mo has reached almost 15,000 subscribers in all. He noted that mainline fiber construction is complete and all of Co-Mo’s members have access to fiber.

Also during the meeting, Pastor Nick Stutesman and Peggy Richardson were honored for their service to the Co-Mo Cares Trust Board. They were presented with a board resolution.

Temporary tattoos, face painting, a bounce house and visits with Buddy Bear, the cooperative’s mascot, entertained the children in attendance. Various booths were setup inside for the adults. Lutz’s BBQ catered dinner.

“The fact that we had so many members come out for the annual meeting makes us happy,” Johnson said. “It means that we have an engaged membership, a membership that cares about their electric cooperative.”