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Annual Meeting

Minutes of the Butler Electric Cooperative Annual Meeting
Circle Middle School, Benton, KS. - March 16, 2017


Pursuant to notice thereof, the 2017 Annual Meeting of the members of Butler Rural Electric Cooperative Assn., Inc., was held on March 16, 2017, 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


BEC Journeyman Lineman Aaron Yoder delivered the invocation and Rylee Madden performed the National Anthem.  The business meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Board President Richard Jimenez.  President Jimenez introduced the Trustees, guests, including State Treasurer Ron Estes. The past Trustees in attendance at the meeting were then recognized by President Jimenez.

Office Manager, Sarah Madden, presented a video and reported on the Operation Round-Up Program.  Member Services Director, Travis Griffin, congratulated the 2016 Washington D. C.  Youth Tour winner, Renata Goossen.  Ms. Goossen was not present but did report on her experiences traveling to Washington D.C. via video.  Also appearing via video was the 2016 winner of the Colorado Youth Tour, Valerie Harder.  Mr. Griffin then introduced Elliott Merck who was also selected to attend the Colorado Youth Tour.  President Jimenez presented Mr. Merck with a $200 scholarship check and then he reported on his trip to Colorado.

President Jimenez sought a motion to approve the consent agenda as printed which included: a waiver of the reading of the notice of the meeting and proof of publication or mailing thereof; approval of the 2016 Annual Meeting minutes as printed in the programs; President’s Report as printed in the Kansas Country Living Magazine; and Treasurer’s Report as printed in the Kansas Country Living Magazine.  A motion was made and seconded to approve the consent agenda.

A quorum was determined to be present with 235 registered members in attendance.  With 1 member present by proxy.  


Dale Short, Butler EC Manager, was introduced by President Jimenez.  Manager Short presented operational highlights including the opening of KEPCo’s Prairie Sky Solar Farm in Benton.  Manager Short also reported that 25% of BEC members were conserving energy during the peak demand time of 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.  Other items Manager Short reported on were the Attic Report Card Program, reduction in outages, a $300,000 Holiday Refund applied to member’s electric bills December 2016 and ACSI Customer Service scores that were in the top two (2) in the nation.  Manager Short congratulated long time employees Gary Abel, Gary Sphar and Jeff Leckliter on their recent retirements from the coop. Manager Short Manager Short recognized the united efforts of Butler EC’s employees and board as well as the organizations of KEC, KEPCo and NRECA.  

Vice-President of Administration and Finance Ben Whiteside provided an update on the building construction update of the BEC office.  Mr. Whiteside discussed the conditions that required the building addition, as well as related cost.  

President Jimenez introduced Brian Dupuy, Chairman of the Nominating Committee.  Mr. Dupuy reported on behalf of the Cooperative’s Nominating Committee and announced the nominations for the two (2) Trustee positions up for elections; District 2 – Sheri Claassen and  District 5 – Ron Oelkers.  Attorney Ray Connell conducted the Trustee election.  The floor was opened for additional nominations for the Trustee districts up for election.  After the expiration of one minute, there were no additional nominations from the floor nor nominations by petition.  A motion was then made, seconded and carried that nominations cease and a unanimous ballot be cast for the Trustees. 

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 7:59 p.m.

President Jimenez then introduced guest speaker David Carter.  Mr. Carter is the Director of the Kansas Energy Program at Kansas State University Engineering Extension.  Mr. Carter discussed ways for members to be more energy efficient in their homes. 

The 2017 Annual Meeting was concluded with a drawing for door prizes for the general membership including a whole hog giveaway.


Respectfully submitted,

Sheri Claassen 
Secretary-Treasurer Butler REC


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