Appreciation Day is one of the ways Clay-Union Electric thanks its members and the public for their support of cooperative services and programs.
This year's event had a special meaning to many of the guests and members attending, for it also served as the 70th anniversary celebration of Clay-Union Electric. Many past employees and directors visited throughout the day. Clay-Union Electric also had displays of years gone by for members to view.
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 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: Hammond Well Drilling, Meyer Heating and Cooling, Polaris, Kalins, First Dakota Bank, Steve's Comfort Systems, Coldwell Banker Realty, State Farm Insurance � Sunde, Ace Hardware, Tri-State Insulation, Culligan, Paul's Plumbing, Sioux Valley Hospital, Bank of the West, Financial Services, EcoWater Systems, KVHT Radio and 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 $235,000 excess margin refund approved by the Board of Directors for 2005. 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 booth.
With the event starting at 7 a.m. and lasting till early afternoon, many folks enjoyed 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 Manager Roberts, "As the thank you letters go out to this year's participants, discussion is under- way about next year." Interested parties are encouraged to contact Clay-Union Electric as soon as the letters are sent out for the 2007 Member Appreciation Day.