Beautiful blue skies welcomed nearly 1,500 members and their families to the LaGrange County REMC Annual Meeting held June 14 at the co-op’s facility located on US 20, just east of LaGrange.
Registered members elected two incumbent directors: Larry Fetters in District I representing VanBuren and Lima townships and Terry Holsinger in District II representing Greenfield and Springfield townships. They will continue to serve on the board and help direct policies and procedures for the cooperative.
The business meeting was preceded by a flag ceremony and recognition of veterans. Following the business meeting, REMC CEO Mark Leu addressed the crowd, speaking about the importance of safety and how the REMC takes extra precautions to help employees and members stay safe from the dangers of electricity.
Leu then thanked all the members who had voiced their concerns to the EPA through Action.coop. He informed them of the recent announcement of the proposed regulation of carbon emissions. "The industry is not opposed to a cleaner environment, the problem is the technology to capture carbon emissions doesn't even exist today," Leu stated.
Members enjoyed lunch and listening to classic rock music sung by Cadillac Ranch. Booths were set up with information about various REMC programs, including energy efficiency and building a Touchstone Energy home. Parkview LaGrange Hospital and EMTs offered blood pressure checks and other health information. Other community organizations represented were the LaGrange County Economic Development Corporation and the American Red Cross. There was bounce houses, petting zoo, clowns and face painting for future REMC members to enjoy. The LaGrange Fire Department used a smoke house to help educate children on what to do in case of a house fire.
Members also had the opportunity to check out gear and equipment used by the REMC’s right-of-way crew. A high voltage demonstration was presented, educating members on the dangers of coming into contact with energized electric lines. Holey Moley reminded members to stay safe and call 811 before digging.
“The annual meeting gives us a chance to say thanks and share information about the co-op,” commented Leu. “We thank our members for coming out and we look forward to seeing everyone next year.”