Butler Electric Cooperative Annual Meeting
Thursday, March 16, 2017 at 5:30 pm
Circle Middle School - Benton, KS.
Butler REC will hold it's Annual Meeting at Circle Middle School in Benton on March 16, 2017. The meal will be served at 5:30 p.m. With the business meeting to follow.
Your children will have a ball in the Kids Korner while you attend the meeting. There will be several booths to inform you about products and services offered by your cooperative.
Be sure to look at your Kansas Country Living magazine and bill stuffers for more information. You can RSVP by calling our office at 316-321-9600 or 800-464-0060.
Minutes of the Butler RECA Annual Meeting
Circle Middle School, Benton, KS. - March 12, 2015
Pursuant to notice thereof, the 2015 Annual Meeting of the members of Butler Rural Electric Cooperative Assn., Inc., was held on March 12, 2015, at Circle Middle School in Benton. The meeting was preceded by a dinner served to the membership and guests, with entertainment by the Butler Community College (BCC) Headliners. Information booths were maintained during the registration process.
Board Trustee Shawn Wiebe delivered the invocation and the BCC Headliners performed the National Anthem. The business meeting was called to order at 7:02 p.m. by Board President Richard Jimenez. President Jimenez introduced the Trustees, guests and Senator Moran's Representative, Bill Manus. The past Trustees in attendance at the meeting were then recognized by President Jimenez and special recognition was given to past Trustee President, Edwin Regier, who passed away in 2014.
Office Manager Sarah Madden presented a video and reported on the Operation Round-Up Program. Member Services Director Travis Griffin presented a video of the Washington, D.C., Youth Tour and introduced the 2014 winner, Peyton Wheeler. Ms. Wheeler reported on her experiences traveling to Washington, D.C. Afterward, President Jimenez presented Ms. Wheeler with a scholarship check. Griffin then presented a video of the Colorado Youth Tour and introduced the 2014 winner, Allison Hepburn. After Ms. Hepburn reported on her adventures while attending the Colorado Youth Tour, President Jimenez presented her with a scholarship check.
V. P. of Administration and Finance Ben Whiteside demonstrated how members can use Smart Hub to assist them in tracking usage, sending alerts on high usage and many other uses.
President Jimenez asked Secretary-Treasurer Shawn Wiebe to read the Notice of Annual Meeting. A motion was made, seconded, and carried to waive the reading of the Notice as printed in the February 2015 Kansas Country Living magazine.
A quorum was determined to be present with 207 registered members in attendance and three (3) members present by proxy.
President Jimenez asked for a motion to waive the reading of the minutes of the previous year’s meeting. The reading was so waived. It was moved and seconded to approve the minutes of the 2014 Annual Meeting as printed in the February 2015 Kansas Country Living and mailed to each member. The minutes were approved.
President Jimenez then asked for a motion to waive the reading of the President’s Report which was published in the March 2015 issue of the Kansas Country Living magazine. A motion was made, seconded and carried to waive the reading of the President’s Report.
President Jimenez then asked for a motion to accept the Treasurer’s Report as presented. A motion was made, seconded and carried that the Treasurer’s Report be approved as printed in the March 2015 Kansas Country Living magazine.
Dale Short, Butler REC Manager, was introduced by President Jimenez. Manager Short reported the members saved over $4 million over the past five years due to their conservation efforts from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. This has also resulted in a similar savings on Butler REC’s power bill. Other items Manager Short reported on were the Attic Report Card Program, reduction in outages, a new Peaking Generator, a $600,000 Holiday Refund applied to member’s electric bills December 2014 and the improved ACSI Scores. Manager Short recognized the united efforts of Butler REC’s employees and board as well as the organizations of KEC, KEPCo and NRECA. Manager Short also gave special recognition to trustees Shawn Wiebe and John Worrell who had completed their twelve year terms. At that time Doug Shepherd, V.P. of Consulting Management Services with KEC, presented Trustee Worrell with a Certificate of Appreciation for serving on the KEC board.
President Jimenez introduced Richard Pearson, Chairman of the Nominating Committee, and asked Mr. Pearson to report on behalf of the Cooperative’s Nominating Committee. Mr. Pearson reported the nominations for the three Trustee positions up for elections; District 1 – Gary Hill, District 4 – Gerald Staab, and District 6 – Boyd Ray. President Jimenez appointed a teller committee consisting of Richard Pearson and Dennis Baier to assist Cooperative Attorney, Ray Connell, in counting ballots if necessary. Attorney Connell conducted the Trustee election. The floor was opened for additional nominations for the three Trustee districts up for election. After the expiration of one minute, there were no additional nominations from the floor. There were no nominations by petition. A motion was then made, seconded and carried that nominations cease and a unanimous ballot be cast for the three Trustees. Attorney Connell then directed the membership to the change in Article IV: Section 3. Of the Bylaws as published in the February and March 2015 editions of the Kansas Country Living Magazine as well as in the Annual Meeting Program. A motion was made and seconded to approve as Amended Article IV: Section 3 of the Bylaws as published. The motion carried by voice vote with one vote opposing.
President Jimenez then asked for any old business to come before the meeting. It was concluded there was no old business to be discussed. President Jimenez asked for any new business to come before the meeting. It was concluded there was no new business to be discussed. President Jimenez asked for questions from the membership but no questions were asked. There being no further business, the business meeting was adjourned at 8:17 p.m.
Manager Short then introduced Marcus Harris, the new CEO of KEPCo. Mr. Harris demonstrated how generation plants have evolved over the past 95 years and how difficult it will be to make the changes mandated by EPA in the required time frame of five to 20 years. Mr. Harris then answered questions from the membership.
The 2015 Annual Meeting was concluded with a drawing for door prizes for the general membership.
Secretary-Treasurer Butler REC