Sierra Electric Cooperative members gathered on Saturday, April 6th at the Hot Springs High School Gymnasium and Cafeteria for their Annual Meeting of the Members. In a cooperative, members have ownership and democratic control and the Annual Meeting is an opportunity for members to vote for trustees, ask questions and learn about the state of the Cooperative.
During the meeting, 180 registered members listened as guest speakers, including Keven Groenewold, a New Mexico Rural Electric Association executive, and Ellen Connor, a Tri-State G & T executive, addressed several topics, including utility consumer concerns, legislative actions, cooperative support of legislation and the benefits of electric cooperatives.
Sierra Electric Board of Trustees Vice-President Tom Stroup introduced the winners of the 2019 Youth Tour Government-in-Action tour, Haley Woolf and Buddy Neeley, to the members. Haley and Buddy were awarded an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. this summer after they wrote essays on cooperatives.
General Manager Denise Barrera recognized employee Douglas Kohler for his five years of service. Special recognition was also presented to Mr. Emery Owen. On May 29, 2015, Mr. Emery Owen retired from Sierra Electric after 30 years of service; after retirement, he continued to assist Sierra Electric on a contract basis through May 2017. In June 2017 he agreed to come back to Sierra Electric as a full-time Operations Manager to once again assist Sierra Electric with internal changes and lead the Operations Department once again. Emery will be re-retiring again June 30, 2019. Sierra is grateful for Emery’s 46 years of dedicated service to the electric cooperative industry and in doing his part to keep the lights on for Sierra’s members for 34 years.
Hot Springs High School National Honor Society and Track team students served a meal catered by Sandi Chatfield. The Cooperative and its members are always impressed with the courtesy and professionalism of these young students. Ben Archer Health Center, TWN Communications and Tri-State G & T also provided informative booths and displays for the members.
We thank the Hot Springs High School administration, Principal Wesley Rogers, Ms. Debre Allen, Chris Pape, Sgt. Haro, and Robert Bean, including all the students, especially the JROTC, National Honor Society and Track Team, who came together to help make our Annual Meeting a success.
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