Annual Meeting Review
Great member turn out in Perry to take part in the FreeState annual meeting
On Tuesday, April 24, FreeState Electric Cooperative held its second annual meeting at Perry-Lecompton High School.
The cooperative was able to share successes and updates with members in attendance, as well as elect two trustees to the board who will serve three-year terms. The annual meeting provides an opportunity for staff to get to know members, and offers information on the day-to-day business at each cooperative office. It is also a chance for members to learn about what is coming in the next year.
The staff and board welcomed 378 attendees and thanked the 1,654 members who voted via mail-in ballot. Board President Jeanine Murphy welcomed attendees and led the Pledge of Allegiance following the presentation of colors by Perry American Legion, Post 142.
Candidates running for a board seat were introduced to the members in attendance. Those running for the position in the East District were Harlan Hunt and Michael McNary, both from Meriden. Running in the West District was Mark Wulfkuhle, who ran unopposed.
This year’s meeting included a meal grilled by Capital City Oil, and cooperative updates from CEO Steve Foss, Board President Murphy and KEPCo CEO Suzanne Lane, who gave a brief update on the industry from the power supply perspective.
Foss delivered this year’s State of the Cooperative address and highlighted several topics including an increased number of members interested in renewable energy, “Forty percent of our members are interested in solar, and that means we’re looking at ways to assist you by learning more and building relationships with solar stakeholders. FreeState supports renewables because it decreases the overall amount of power we have to purchase, and that saves money.”
Each member in attendance was given a $10 bill credit and an entry to win door prizes donated by FreeState vendors, which are listed below. If you were unable to attend the annual meeting you can visit the FreeState Facebook page to view the meeting.