Corn Belt Energy Corporation celebrated its 80th anniversary at its Annual Meeting on June 22 at Central Catholic High School with over 1,500 people in attendance. Attendees enjoyed a special presentation by local historian, Don Meyer, about the history of rural electrification and the progression from 80 years ago to present day. Other activities available included complimentary lunch, bucket truck rides, educational workshops on a variety of topics, alpaca petting zoo, safety demonstrations, and several free activities for children.
Cooperative Board Chairman Rae F. Payne remarked on how Corn Belt Energy embraces our strong history and continues to evolve and change to better serve members. Further stating that the cooperative team of employees and the board of directors are dedicated to serving the members of Corn Belt Energy and our focus is to provide a better way of life for our members, our members’ children and generations to come. Payne also thanked the employees stating, “It takes knowledge, teamwork and dedication to each and every task, and our employees are remarkable.” He closed his remarks by thanking the cooperative members for their involvement in the cooperative and helping the cooperative celebrate 80 years of history and a bright cooperative future.
Corn Belt President/CEO Don Taylor, stated that while looking to the past is important, looking to the future is just as important and the cooperative is prepared to serve the membership well in the future. He proceeded to provide an update on the cooperative covering topics such as work plan projects that have been recently completed and will improve reliability for members, a sampling of new construction projects in the Corn Belt Energy service area, rate management, electric vehicles, and the importance of safety. “It is always our goal to provide a safe environment for the public and our employees,” stated Taylor.
In addition, Rosie Socrates from Bloomington, who was selected as one of four students to represent Corn Belt Energy at Youth to Washington Tour in Washington, D.C., this June, spoke to members about the memorable trip and her unique experience.
During the business meeting, the following Directors were elected to serve three-year terms: Denise Mayes of Bloomington (District 1), Janice Reimer of Carlock (District 1), Gary Archey of Clinton (District 4), and Charles Meisenheimer of Walnut (District 7).
After the business meeting concluded, the Directors held a reorganizational meeting and re-elected Rae F. Payne as Chairman, Charles Meisenheimer as Vice Chairman, Albert Hagenbuch as Secretary Treasurer, and Janice Reimer as Assistant Secretary Treasurer.