A crowd of over 1700 Kosciusko REMC members and their families filled Warsaw Community Church on Saturday, March 10 for the electric cooperative’s 79th annual meeting. KREMC president and CEO Bruce Goslee spoke about what lies ahead for the cooperative and its members. He addressed technology advancements, member services and upgrades to the infrastructure.
The primary item on the agenda was the election of directors. Tony Fleming, Dan Tucker and William Stump Jr. were re-elected for three-year terms.
Members had the opportunity to enjoy original music written and performed by local musician, David Haney.
KREMC hosted an open coffee bar and a family area upstairs where members could enjoy breakfast with the kids and work on a building project together.
Grant Reigner, KREMC application systems analyst, emceed the business meeting portion of the event. Special guests in attendance included Tom VanParis from Indiana Electric Cooperatives, Eric Jung, president and CEO of Northeastern REMC, Indiana state representative Curtis Nisly, James Blazey, representative for U.S. Congresswoman Jackie Walorski, and Russell Yale, representative for U.S. Congressman Jim Banks.
KREMC announced four lucky sixth graders who were selected to attend Touchstone Energy Camp. Those students are Leah Henderson, McKale Hagg, Maddy McSherry and Samuel King.
KREMC also announced the two students selected to attend Indiana Youth Tour in June. Youth Tour is an awesome opportunity for high school students to take a trip to Washington D.C. to tour the capital and meet with elected officials. This year’s winners are Miriam Hagg and Emily Puckett.
Six students were recipients of the John H. Anglin Memorial Scholarship. The selection of winning scholarships for 2018 was done by random drawing of names. The winning students each received a $1,000 scholarship for the upcoming year’s classes at the college or trade school of their choice. Winners of the John H. Anglin Memorial Scholarships were Dakota Parker, Tippecanoe Valley High School, Matthew Kiphart, Warsaw Community High School, Thomas Lemon II, Warsaw Community High School, Morgan Bruner, Warsaw Community High School, Rachel Smith, Warsaw Community High School, and Hannah Toepp, Grace College.
A special drawing for a $350 gift card to the Trailhouse in Winona Lake was held. The drawing was for kids 18 years old or younger. The winner for the kids’ drawing was Olivia Long.
“The annual meeting is a very important event for KREMC. It is our one opportunity every year to meet our members and hear their thoughts, ideas and concerns regarding the cooperative. KREMC employees work hard to make it an enjoyable and productive event.,” said KREMC President and CEO Bruce Goslee. “This year’s meeting was a remarkable success. It was good to see so many people come out and vote.”
Kosciusko REMC is a Touchstone Energy® electric cooperative serving over 18,000 accounts throughout Kosciusko County and into surrounding counties.