Missouri Rural Electric Cooperative’s (MREC) Eighty-Fifth Annual Meeting was held on Saturday, August 28, with a drive-through format in the parking lot of Palmyra High School. Registration showed the number of members present had exceeded what was necessary to constitute a quorum for the transaction of business. A total of 404 members registered to vote for three directors and a Bylaw amendment.
Andrew Sporleder, Attorney from the law firm of Johnson & Sporleder, LLP from Jefferson City, was the Parliamentarian of the 2021 Annual Meeting. Members of the cooperative, Bill Coleman and Rosanne Hays, served as Inspectors of the Election to assist in overseeing it.
Drive-through registration began at 8:45 a.m., and voting utilizing iPads, handled by Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives (AMEC) personnel, commenced at 9 a.m. Each membership received registration gifts and $10 cash in appreciation of their participation in the drive-through Annual Meeting. The registration and voting concluded at 11 a.m.
Directors re-elected were Robert Hall in District 1, Trent Gottman in District 2, and Joseph Swisher in District 3 to serve a term of three years and until their successors are elected and qualified.
The Bylaw Amendment to revise Section 3.01, 3.03, 3.04, 3.05, and 3.08 to allow the possibility of annual meeting being held virtually passed 366 to 35. The 2020 Annual Meeting Minutes were approved by a vote of 400 to 4, and the 2020 Treasurer’s Report was approved by a vote of 400 to 4. The results are posted on MREC’s website.
MREC is a non-profit electric cooperative owned by the members we serve. Headquartered in Palmyra, the cooperative service territory covers all or parts of Lewis, Marion, Monroe, Ralls, and Shelby Counties in Northeast Missouri.
Since being incorporated on June 16, 1936, the Cooperative’s goal has been to improve its members’ standard of living by providing a reliable supply of electricity at the lowest possible cost.
The first 155 miles of line, were made possible by Loan funds from the Rural Electrification Administration. Those funds were approved on September 23, 1936, with construction beginning January of 1937. By the end of the first year, 271 members had service to their home with an average usage of 44 kilowatts per month. Today Missouri Rural Electric Cooperative maintains 1100 miles of line serving approximately 5,200 Commercial and Residential meters. Our members average kilowatt usage has grown to 1100 kilowatts per month.