Clay-Union Electric's Appreciation Day draws large crowd Clay-Union Electric held its 13th annual member Appreciation Day on Feb. 13, with a crowd of over 665 people attending.
The annual event featured a free pancake and sausage breakfast, served by members of the Vermillion Lions Club, from 7 a.m. until 1 p.m.
The event is held as a way of showing Clay-Union Electric's appreciation to all those in the area that it serves, whether or not they are a member of the cooperative. For the Clay-Union Electric members attending, an extra bonus was that they could pick up their check as part of a $320,000 margin refund.
Initially starting as a simple open house event, Member Appreciation Day has grown to include not only the breakfast, but also a mini home show with over 20 local businesses displaying their wares.
"It's a great way to visit with both the members of the cooperative and our other friends and neighbors from the area," said Bill Kennedy, member services and marketing director. "We appreciate the fact that we get a crowd that includes folks that are not our members. Involving local businesses also adds significant value to the event. As a Touchstone Energy Cooperative, community involvement is very important to us, and we really enjoy seeing everyone attend."