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Manager's Report - March 2015

Join us at the Annual Meeting on March 12

     Please accept this invitation to this year’s Annual Meeting of your electric cooperative. By virtue of the fact that you live in Butler REC’s territory, purchase electricity from and have electricity delivered by Butler REC’s lines, you are a member and an owner of the cooperative.
     We hope you will join us for all the activities on the evening of March 12 at Circle Middle School in Benton (note that this is a new location). A free dinner will be served from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

     There are many reasons to attend your Annual Meeting. Prior to the business meeting, you will have an opportunity to see displays from some of our equipment providers, our power supplier, our propane division, satellite internet division and Butler REC displays from various departments. You will have an opportunity to have questions answered by the knowledgeable people who make the system work. After taking your time at each of the displays (many of which will have a special door prize drawing), you will be treated to a meal provided once again by Syl’s Catering.

     Following the meal, the Annual Business Meeting will begin at 7 p.m. Those of you with youngsters don’t forget about Kid’s Korner. They always have a great time. We have made a couple of changes to the agenda this year. Government regulations are creating many challenges for us and they have the potential to a ect your cost and reliability. With that in mind, instead of entertainment, we will have a guest speaker who can share information with the members on these regulations. The Butler County Community College Headliners will still provide entertainment during dinner time and will also sing the National Anthem.

Guest Speakers

     At this year’s annual meeting we have several individuals who will provide updates on what is happening in the cooperative and that means that you won’t have to listen to me nearly as much. Our guest speaker is Marcus Harris, the CEO of Kansas Electric Power Cooperative (KEPCo). He will address questions about electric power supply trends, renewable generation, expected increases in costs and regulatory challenges. I would expect him to talk about several of the following questions you may have:

  • How are new Obama Administration regulations and policies, affecting your electric bill?
  • How might this past year’s congressional election results make a difference in your energy costs?
  • How will the new technologies and the discoveries of new oil and gas affect electric generation for our kids and grandkids?

Trustee Elections and Bylaws

     Your membership in our cooperative affords certain privileges–one such privilege is voting for member representatives to serve on the Board of Trustees. This year districts one, four and six will have elections. The nominees are District 1, GARY HILL; District 4, JERRY STAAB; and District 6, BOYD RAY. Profiles for these nominees are on page 16-B.

     You will also be asked to vote for bylaw changes, which are recommended by the Board of Trustees and come from a bylaw revision study compiled by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), our national association. These changes are included on page 16-D.

     I also would like to thank retiring board members Shawn Wiebe and John Worrell for their dedicated service on the Board. We will conclude the evening with door prizes and collector’s mugs. I hope to see you there.


Dale Short

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