2017 Annual Meeting
Over 500 people – including 311 members and their friends and neighbors – came together on a spring day at the Greybull High School Gym which had been decorated with proposed drawings of the new Big Horn REA headquarters building.
Students from the Burlington High School joined the children of Big Horn REA employees to serve beverages to the members and pass out information to the tables.
The business meeting began promptly at 10:30 a.m. with a welcome by President Tom Delaney. The crowd was lead in the Pledge of Allegiance by all Veterans in attendance. Abigail and Brinly Casey from Burlington sang the National Anthem.
The membership approved the 2016 Annual Meeting Minutes as mailed to the membership and also as provided at the meeting and posted at the meeting.
President Tom Delaney, Shawn Taylor, Executive Director of the Wyoming Rural Electric Association, and General Manager Jeff Umphlett shared their reports in a printed brochure at each place setting.
Treasurer Russell reported the co-op had a good year with strong earnings. Russell also shared that Big Horn had a pass-through rate increase from our power supplier, Tri-State G & T.
Russell explained that Big Horn this year refunded the years 1993, 1996 and 40% of 1994 totaling approximately $738,120 in payments. Over the past 11 years Big Horn has refunded approximately $5,285,261 in capital credits.
Big Horn once again had a positive audit report. A motion was made, seconded and carried to accept the financial report.
Carolyn Walton of the Nominating Committee placed the names of Don Russell and John Davidson in nomination for the three year term in District 1 – Burlington, Emblem an Otto area and Kathy Gilbreath in nomination for the three year term in District 4 – Meeteetse area. President Delaney then asked if there were any nominations from the floor. There were none. President Delaney asked for a motion to dispense with voting and cast a unanimous ballot for District 4. A motion and second were heard and motion carried. Voting then commenced for District 1.
Mike McInnes, CEO of Tri-State Generation & Transmission, spoke about challenges co-ops are facing, ever increasing costs and answered several questions posed by the members.
Don Russell and Kathy Gilbreath were re-elected to the Board.
A TV donated by Tri-State G & T was won by Claudia Prentiss of Meeteetse. Grand Prize of a $500 bill credit was won by Sue Coguill of Emblem.