Coles-Moultrie Electric Cooperative (CMEC) members gathered at Peterson Park in Mattoon on Friday, June 14 for CMEC’s 80th Annual Meeting. They enjoyed a catered lunch, ice cream, a variety of vendors, bucket truck rides, vehicle displays and a Live Line Demonstration.

“As a member-owned cooperative, we are dedicated to providing you, our members, with reliable electricity and excellent service,” said CMEC Interim President/CEO Amy Borntrager as she welcomed members to the 80th Annual Meeting. She then provided highlights from the past year.

In the member services area, the co-op connected with members via the Member Advisory Committee (MAC). “This committee helps us in succession planning for our board of directors,” Borntrager said. “We encourage members to become an active part of their cooperative by getting involved with the MAC. Please call the cooperative if this is something you would like to participate in.”

The cooperative continues to fulfill one of the seven co-op principles: concern for community. This is done through donations to local organizations, scholarships to students furthering their education and volunteerism by CMEC employees.

Borntrager reported that the cooperative is in good condition financially. In 2018, sales were up, which created margins above $1.5 million with total operating revenues of $28.5 million. “We were able to return margins totaling approximately $1 million for the years 1977-1979 to our members as capital credits,” she said.

In the meeting, it was announced that a nationwide search will be conducted to replace former President/CEO Kim Leftwich.

CMEC is committed to helping area students further their education. During the meeting, Board Chairman Debbie Albin presented six high school students with $500 scholarships. Scholarship candidates were reviewed based on grade point average, academic achievements, community and schoolwork, and a one-page essay that explains the difference between an electric co-op and investor-owned utilities and the advantages of the co-op business model.

The recipients were Emmalyn Walk, daughter of Philip and Lori Walk, Neoga; Morgan Otto, daughter of Gary and Sarah Otto, Lerna; Megan Morecraft, daughter of Matthew and Laura Morecraft, Charleston; Shelby Hagerman, daughter of David and Teresa Hagerman, Sullivan; Hope Griffin, daughter of Angela and Richard Griffin, Charleston; and Ethan Bennett, son of Jeff and Suzann Bennett, Charleston. Applicants must be a CMEC member or under 21 years of age and a legal dependent of a CMEC member.

Director election results were announced. District 1 Director Bill Voyles, Sullivan, and District 7 Director Jeffery Hudson, Charleston, will serve three-year terms. Currently, seats for districts 5 and 6 on the board are open. Replacements will be appointed in the coming months.

Photo: During Coles-Moultrie Electric Cooperative’s 80th Annual Meeting, Board Chairman Debbie Albin (right) presented six high school students with $500 scholarships. Recipients from left to right: Emmalyn Walk, Morgan Otto, Megan Morecraft, Shelby Hagerman, Hope Griffin and Ethan Bennett.

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