Incumbents retain seats on Butler REC BoardMay 6, 2013
|Incumbents Tom McQuiston, Mary Beth Dorel and Richard Bair all retain seats on Butler REC Board|
Butler Rural Electric Cooperative, Inc. celebrated a year of exemplary service and community involvement at its 2013 Annual Meeting, held April 25 at Millett Hall on the Miami University campus.
Three seats on the cooperative’s board of trustees were up for election. Incumbents Thomas McQuiston, Richard Bair and Mary Beth Dorel were re-elected to serve districts 3, 4 and 9, respectively.
In his report, General Manager Michael L. Sims discussed how the cooperative delivers safe, reliable electricity while also empowering the community through active member engagement and community service.
“Empowering members is nothing new to Butler Rural Electric Cooperative,” Sims said. “It is the purpose for which the cooperative was formed and officially incorporated by rural residents 77 years ago. And today approximately 11,600 friends, family and neighbors own Butler Rural Electric Cooperative and receive the benefits of their investment.”
Sims highlighted the cooperative’s Community Connection program, funded by members who choose to round up their electric bills to the nearest dollar each month. Community Connection has awarded more than $800,000 in grants.
“This roundup program has empowered the members of the cooperative by providing an opportunity to collectively contribute small amounts to benefit organizations such as the Joe Nuxhall Miracle League Fields, and to the installation of wheelchair-accessible swings at local playgrounds,” Sims said. “It is a gratifying experience.”
Board President Thomas McQuiston briefed members on the financial status of the cooperative and recent improvements to its infrastructure.
Said McQuiston, “Our financial position remains strong while we work to hold down our energy costs to provide all of our members with safe, reliable and affordable electric service. Planning today ensures that tomorrow is bright and we have the necessary resources to power our communities.”
McQuiston noted that members in the southern part of the cooperative’s service area can expect increased reliability with the completion of the Wesley substation, and ongoing upgrades to the New Biddinger substation will enhance the quality of service to additional members.
McQuiston added that the cooperative returned $2.4 million in capital credits from 1996 and 2011.
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