Clay-Union Electric holds annual meeting at Gayville

Clay-Union Electric holds annual meeting at Gayville The Clay-Union Electric Cooperative held its 2003 annual meeting on April 10 at the Gayville-Volin School.

The meeting was attended by 378 people, including 172 voting members, all of whom enjoyed a delicious meal served by members of the Gayville Fire Department prior to the business session of the meeting.

Dan O'Connor, president of the board of directors, called the meeting to order. The minutes of the 2002 annual meeting were distributed and approved. O'Connor gave the president's report, followed by a treasurer's report presented by Gordon Andersen.

The election of the directors from Districts 1 and 2 was held. Through the process of petition, the names of Dan O'Connor, District 1, and Gordon Andersen, District 2, were placed before the voters as the sole nominees for the positions. Both O'Connor and Andersen were elected by a unanimous vote.

Both O'Connor and Cooperative Manager Paul Roberts gave updates on the business proceedings of the cooperative during 2002. It was noted that 2002 had been a positive year for the cooperative and its member-owners, with extra value services such as the satellite television program and the wiring department making important financial contributions.

It was also pointed out that once again, the members of Clay-Union Electric received refund checks due to excess margins generated by all the business aspects of the cooperative. Also of note to the members was the fact that the past year marked the 15th year in a row of rate stability.

Special guests at the meeting who gave presentations to the audience included Bob Sahr, chairman of the South Dakota Public Utility Commission, Audry Ricketts, general manager of the South Dakota Rural Electric Association, and Jeff Nelson, general manager of East River Electric.

The 2003 annual meeting used a theme of "Fulfilling the Cooperative Promise" to focus on the commitment that the cooperative makes to the members. In the face of industry change and challenges, both locally and on the national level, Clay-Union Electric continues to expand on its service commitment to its members.

Clay-Union Electric serves consumers in Clay, Lincoln, Turner, Union and Yankton counties.

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