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Manager's Report - March 2016

Join us at the Annual Meeting on March 10

     Please accept this invitation by your Board of Trustees and all of the Butler REC Employees to this year’s Annual Meeting. 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 take the time out of your busy schedules to join us for all the activities on the evening of Thursday, March 10, at the Circle Middle School in Benton. Courtesy of Regional Energy Group, golf carts will be provided to shuttle you to and from your car. A dinner meal, prepared by Syl’s Catering and sponsored by Regional Energy Group and Attic Report Card, will be served from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. The meal will be followed by the business meeting and entertainment.

     There are many reasons to attend your cooperative’s Annual Meeting. You will have an opportunity to see displays from some of our equipment providers, power supplier, propane division, satellite internet division and Butler REC Make sure to check out the attic insulation and whole house generator displays to find out how you can affordably be more efficient and reliable with your electric needs.

     You will have an opportunity to have questions answered by the knowledgeable employees who make the system work. Take your time at each of the displays (many will have a special door prize drawing). Following the meal, you can make your way to the auditorium for the Annual Business Meeting at 7:00 p.m. Those of you with youngsters, don’t forget about Kid’s Korner. They always have a great time. We do plan to open Kid’s Korner earlier this year.

     We have made a couple of changes to this year’s agenda based on last years’ experience. We are attempting to shorten the meeting but still provide updates on your cooperative and the regulatory environment that we operate in.

Guest Speakers

     Government regulations are creating many challenges for us and they have the potential to affect your cost and reliability. With that in mind, we will have a short update from Kansas Electric Cooperatives, Inc.’s Kim Christiansen, Director of Government Relations. She will discuss the recent Supreme Court stay of the EPA’s Clean Power Plan and other state and national legislative issues.

     Following Christiansen’s remarks, I will provide a quick update about what’s going on here at the electric distribution level. I will cover the recent moving of the three-hour peak demand window to begin at 3:00 p.m. and end at 5:59 p.m. This will be a positive change for most of you conserving your electric usage during peak time by allowing you to start using major appliances much earlier in the evening than in previous years.

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 District 3 and District 7 will have elections. The nominee for District 3 is Bryce Flaming, and the nominee for District 7 is Riley Walters. Profiles for these nominees were included in last month’s edition of Kansas Country Living.

     Back by popular demand, The Butler Community College Headliners will close the evening with a musical performance. Rylee Madden, our office manager’s daughter, will sing the National Anthem. We will conclude the evening with door prizes and collector’s mugs.


I hope to see you there.


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