The Annual Meeting is one of the benefits of being part of an electric cooperative.
On Thursday, June 8, almost 1,000 member/owners and their families (totaling almost 2,000 people) attended Eastern Illini Electric Cooperative’s 30th Annual Meeting.
The event was geared for family fun and featured several children’s activities, including two bounce houses, an inflatable obstacle course, miniature golf, a petting zoo, and bucket truck demonstrations.
Other entertainment included the Marvin Lee Band, and all registered member/owners received a $25 attendance credit for attending the days’ festivities.
A full meal of fried chicken, ham, noodles, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans and desserts was provided by Niemerg’s Catering, and the Rocking K Chuckwagon provided lighter fare and snacks for those relaxing outside.
Several seminars were held during the day. The wide-ranging topics included a session by Mac Condill from the Great Pumpkin Patch in Arthur. Pat Milchuck, from Simply Pat’s Hats, discussed her love of millinery and showed off many of her amazing hat creations. Donna Lee, of the Bloomington-Normal Modern Quilt Guild offered examples of quilting designs and techniques.
Other sessions included a question and answer forum with Eastern Illini’s President/CEO Bob Hunzinger, and Don Gerdes, Eastern Illini’s forestry and right-of-way specialist, provided an overview of proper tree-trimming techniques and chainsaw safety tips.
Several legislators attended the meeting to show their support for Eastern Illini and to mingle with the crowd. Among the attendees were State Representative Tom Bennett, State Senator Scott Bennett, and Paul Faraci, a staff member for Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs.
Incumbent board members Tom Schlatter of Chatsworth, Kevin Moore of Hoopeston, and Jay Hageman of Fairmount were all re-elected to Eastern Illini’s Board of Directors.
Board Chairman Tom Schlatter, and Eastern Illini’s President/CEO Bob Hunzinger provided an update of the cooperative during the business portion of the meeting. They showed a video that highlighted a 1950’s era digger truck that was recently donated back to the cooperative and restored by employees. Also during the business meeting, Eastern Illini Serviceman Terry Riggins discussed his recent trip to Bolivia, where he worked with other Illinois electric cooperative employees to help provide electricity to impoverished rural areas of that country. The trip was sponsored by NRECA International.
Eastern Illini’s annual meeting is a tangible benefit of being much more than simply a customer. You are a member – and an owner – of your locally owned and governed electric cooperative.