Annual meeting held at Ski Hi, Creede Hargraves elected to board
REC’s annual meeting was held on Tuesday, June 14 at the new Ski Hi Complex in Monte Vista. A total of 147 attendees, which included 97 members representing all six districts, enjoyed a great meal by local caterer Sunflour Bakery.
Several special guests attended, including Colorado Rural Electric Association (CREA) Executive Director Kent Singer and Tri-State G&T VP of Transmission Business MaryAnn Zehr. Peter Rusin (member relations) and Lee Boughey (VP of communications) of Tri-State were also on hand to talk to members about beneficial electrification and show off some great electric lawn equipment. The 2022 scholarship recipients and their families were special guests of honor as well.
Board President Carol Lee Dugan’s address featured December’s storm near San Acacio and the impact it had on REC services. CFO JoAn Waudby presented the 2021 financials, and CEO Loren Howard discussed Tri-State’s two percent rebate, cyber and physical security in the electric industry, fire mitigation on Wolf Creek Pass, resource adequacy and preparedness for extended outages and more. He also facilitated questions from members.
In celebration of our 85th anniversary this year, we wanted to focus on supporting locals, as they’ve been supporting us for the past 85 years. Members in attendance were gifted with a spice set, hand-created right here in the Valley by My Sister’s Pantry in Monte Vista. Door prizes included beautiful hanging flower baskets from The Flower Market on Highway 285N and gift card winners were encouraged to be spend them locally.
Ballots were counted the next day by a third-party, and it was determined that contender Creede Hargraves (pictured above) will replace incumbent Kip Nagy as the Mineral/Hinsdale County (district 6) director. San Luis Valley REC appreciates the time and commitment Kip has given to REC’s members and wishes him the best of the luck in the future. Creede will begin his tenure at the upcoming monthly board meeting on June 28.