Democracy was in action as more than 1,100 from Co-Mo Country attended the 79th Co-Mo Electric annual meeting of members on Thursday, May 24.

Democracy was in action as more than 1,100 from Co-Mo Country attended the 79th Co-Mo Electric annual meeting of members on Thursday, May 24.

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. Warren “Bruce” Wolfe (District One,) Gary Harris (District Two, incumbent) and Rodney Schad (District Three, incumbent) were elected to the board.

At the re-organizational session after the meeting, 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.

Sean Friend, the co-op’s interim general manager and CEO, addressed this year’s crowd, covering many topics. Friend 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.

Friend’s presentation also hit on the co-op’s fiber project. He shared with the crowd that Co-Mo has reached almost 16,000 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, Co-Mo employee Dawn Walls was give the OB Clark Award. The award is given to an employee who goes above and beyond the call to service.

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,” Friend said. “It means that we have an engaged membership, a membership that cares about their electric cooperative.”

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