Annual Meeting 2018
Tuesday, July 12
The 2018 Annual Meeting of the Members of Sac Osage Electric Cooperative kicked off around 5:00 PM on a warm, but not unbearably hot, June evening. 398 members registered and brought their families along. With over 800 people filing into Sac Osage Electric Cooperative's warehouse which was ready to receive them for a fun evening.
Musical entertainment was provided by Robin's Hood. They showed their skills with instrumentation and vocals from 5:15 to 6:15 while members gathered and ate. Dinner was pulled pork sandwiches from Sugarfoot's of Osceola. Ice cream sandwiches from Hiland were dessert.
Associated Electric Cooperative brought a fun prize wheel and photo area while answering power generation questions from members. Linemen showed off Sac Osage's live-line electric safety display as guests awaited the business meeting.
Official business got underway just after 6:30pm. Board President, Neale Johnson officially welcomed members and guests then introduced Jack Daniel of the First Christian Church of El Dorado Springs to give the invocation. After prayer, members recited the Pledge of Allegiance and continued to honor the country by standing for the National Anthem sung by Robin's Hood. Cooperative attorney, Chris Hoberock, led the meeting and announced that Jim Murray and Neale Johnson, district 7 and district 9 board members, had run unopposed and were thus elected for another three year term. He then swore in the inspectors of election (Stephanie Quinlan, Pat Moomaw and Delbert Bybee) to count the votes for the District 8 election as Jan Neale had retired from the board.
General manager, Jim Davis, then gave a short speech to the membership. He touched on rate changes, right of way spending and the return of capital credit funds which sets cooperatives apart from investor owned utilities. He also counted his blessings and praised Sac Osage's exceptional safety record. At the end of his presentation, Mr. Davis opened the mic to the membership. One member of the Stockton bee club took the opportunity to thank Sac Osage for their steps toward insuring the honeybee population.
Ken Hacker was announced as the winner of the District 8 election, and Mr. Hoberock officially closed the meeting. However, the evening was not quite over as ever registered member was entered in the prize drawing. Thirty prizes were given away including $300 in electric bill credits and a 55 inch television. But even those who did not win the drawing left with an extension cord, pen and bucket which capped off a terrific evening.