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Members were welcomed back to the Access Energy Cooperative annual meeting of members, after two years of the event being held on-line. “Our mission is to serve. Our priority is you” is the message they received on Aug. 2 at McMillan Park in Mt. Pleasant.
Kristi Perry from the Mt. Pleasant Chamber Alliance started the meeting with a warm welcome to the members. President Marvin Newton chaired the business meeting.
“The important point to remember is that as a not-for-profit co-op, Access Energy Cooperative is not interested in selling you something you don’t need. We are not about maximizing sales; we’re about maximizing member satisfaction. Our mission is to serve. Our priority is you,” reported Kevin Wheeler, General Manager/CEO.
Highlights of the event included an outstanding performance by “The Boys” and a great meal served by Mount Pleasant Hy-Vee. Homemade Ice Cream from Hinterland Dairy of Donnellson was served. Members enjoyed drive-a-tractor by the Proennecke brothers and Dick McGohan, inflatable activities for the kids from Fields of Fun, pony rides by Windy Acres, a live line demonstration on being safe around electricity, information from the Henry County Health Center, and the Henry County Sheriff. Access Energy Cooperative appreciates their participating and everyone else who helped make the event a success for the members, including Quality Equipment, the Mt. Pleasant VFW, FFA, Staats, the Midwest Old Threshers, the city of Mt Pleasant, Lance Refuse, and Printgroup.
Following reports of the cooperative officers, election results were reported as Fred Hickenbottom, Robert Smith, and Marvin Newton were re-elected as directors to serve three-year terms on the nine-person board.
The Grand Prize of a $250 bill credit was drawn for. The member was not present, so the $250 will be added to next year’s drawing for a grand prize of $500. Dividend checks for 2022 totaling $1,224,133 were available for members to pick up at the meeting. For those who were unable to make it to the meeting, checks will be mailed out in the next few weeks.
Following the meeting, the board of directors met at their annual reorganizational meeting. The following were elected as the officers of the Access Energy Cooperative Board of Directors: President David Hollingsworth, Vice President Marvin Newton, Secretary Rob Smith, and Treasurer Fred Hickenbottom.