Consolidated Electric Cooperative in Mexico is gearing for its 75th annual meeting of cooperative members on April 4, at the 4-H Center in Mexico. The CEC office will be closed at noon on that day to allow employees to prepare.
Registration for the meeting begins at 4 p.m. Members present will receive a chance to win certificates worth $50 toward an electric bill. Members will also be eligible to win one of the two grand prize drawings for either $200 toward an electric bill or $100 toward an electric bill of their choice.
From 4-6 p.m., a rib-meal sandwich meal (prepared by the Audrain County Cattlemen's Association) will be served, followed by a variety of actions, including the introduction of Board of Directors, elections of new directors, appointment of the 2014 nominating committee, and recognition of the Service Award recipients. This year, Consolidated Electric Cooperative will honor seven employees for their dedicated service. They are: Raymond Pursifull (serviceman, 35 years), Larry Fisher (lineman carrying orders, 25 years), Mechelle Allison, consumer services clerk, 10 years), Travis Epperson journeyman lineman, 10 years), Melanie Oetting (manager administrative services, 10 years), Alan Heimer (journeyman lineman, 5 years) and Bethany Teel (utility clerk, five years).
Guest speaker for the meeting will be the publisher of the Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives, Jim McCarty.
McCarty joined the staff in November 1985 as assistance editor and quickly moved up to managing editor, then editor in 1987. McCarty has been editor longer than any person in the history of the publication. He is a 1994 honor graduate of the University of Missouri with a degree in photojournalism.
He oversees a staff of six who have won hundreds of awards for photography, writing and publications. McCarty was the writer of the year for the Cooperative Communicators Association in 1994 and in 1995 won that group's Michael Graznak Young Communications Award. He is also a 1982 graduate of East Central College in Union and his journalism career began at the Daily American Republic newspaper in Poplar Bluff, where he was assistant sports editor and photographer. He's also the author of eight books on the history of electric cooperatives.
"Our 75th anniversary gives us a chance to celebrate and honor those who came before us to bring rural electrification to rural areas in Audrain and surrounding counties," said Mike Fuller, CEC general manager. "Although most now have electricity in the counties we serve, we continue to be an advocate for our member/owners to bring safe, reliable electricity at a reasonable price."
Consolidated Electric is a not-for-profit electric utility owned by the consumer-members who use the electricity and other services it provides. Headquartered in Mexico, the cooperative serves parts of Audrain, Callaway, Monroe, Montgomery, Pike and Ralls counties. CEC currently serves more than 7,840 meters for homes, farms, businesses and industry members and maintains more than 2,240 miles of energized power lines.
Formed June 20, 1938, Consolidated Electric Cooperative was incorporated under the laws of the State of Missouri. Since that time, 39 other locally owned and operated non-profit, rural electric distribution cooperatives have been organized in Missouri. Electric cooperatives are privately owned businesses established to supply electricity to their member-owners.