Clay-Union Electric hosts member appreciation day

Clay-Union Electric hosts member appreciation day Clay-Union Electric held their 14th Annual Member Appreciation Day on Feb. 10, with a crowd of over 728 people served. The annual event featured a free pancake and sausage breakfast, prepared and served by members of the Vermillion Lions Club, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The annual event is one of the ways Clay-Union Electric shows its appreciation to its members and the public for their support of Cooperative services and programs.

Initially starting as a simple open house event for Clay-Union members, Member Appreciation Day has grown to include not only a great pancake breakfast, but also a mini-home show with over 17 local businesses displaying their products and services. Banking services, realty organizations, insurance companies, heating and cooling dealers, plumbing companies, building supplies and hardware products highlight some of the products and services that businesses showcase at the event to include many handouts and drawings.

"The local business participation has become an integral part of what has made this event grow and be successful for Clay-Union Electric. Also, as a Touchstone Energy Cooperative, this community involvement is very important to us," said manager Paul Roberts.

The following businesses participated in the Member Appreciation Day event: State Farm Insurance-Stockland, Hamond Well Drilling, Polaris, Kalins, First Dakota, Coldwell Banker Realty, Meyer Heating and Cooling, State Farm Insurance-Sunde, Ace Hardware, Herren � Schempp Building Supply, Tri-State Insulation, Culligan, Paul's Plumbing, Sioux Valley Hospital, Campbell Supply Company, Bank of the West, Vogel Marble and Tile, Clay-Union Electric.

For Clay-Union Electric members attending, an added bonus was the opportunity to pick up their refund check as part of a $260,000 excess margin refund approved by the board of directors for 2004. In addition to Clay-Union Electric members receiving refund checks, all those attending the event had an opportunity to win prizes as many businesses conducted drawings for those who signed up at their display.

With the event starting at 7 a.m. and lasting early afternoon, many folks enjoyed until the chance to sit and visit with friends or with the home show exhibitors over a second cup of coffee in a warm and friendly hometown environment.

According to Roberts, "As the thank you letters go out to this year's participants, discussion is underway about next year."

Interested parties are invited to contact Clay-Union Electric as soon as the letters are sent out for the 2006 Member Appreciation Day.

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