DMEA 2014 Annual Meeting and Election Results
The DMEA Annual Meeting: Our Cooperative, Our Future
Check out how DMEA kicked off the 2014 Annual Meeting...
The Annual Meeting began with an unprecedented flag-posting ceremony featuring the Montrose girl scouts, the barbershop quartet, "Rocky Road,' and the DMEA line crews who used a relay of bucket trucks to hoist the star-spangled banner as high as it would go. (see above)
The meeting continued with reports from DMEA Board President, Nancy Hovde and the new DMEA Chief Executive Officer, Jasen Bronec. DMEA's wholesale power provider, Tri-State Generation and Transmission (Tri-State) was represented by its Senior Vice President of Energy Management, Brad Nebergall.
Attending members were also treated to a live recitation by renowned 'cowboy' poet, Floyd Reed, an animated video explaining the electric cooperative model and small appliance giveaways peppered throughout the meeting. At the meeting's end, the term-limited board president, Nancy Hovde was honored for her 14 years of service on the DMEA Board of Directors.
Following the Delta-Montrose Electric Association (DMEA) Annual Meeting, DMEA's Election Credentials Committee announced this year's election returns that determined three of the nine DMEA board positions. Election Credentials Committee chairperson Gail Marvel reported that 5039 total valid ballots were cast. In District six, B. J. Brown received 1,986 votes, while Terry Brown received 2,886. In District 7, Sue Whittlesey received 1,887 votes, Gyneepher Thomassen received 529, and Mark Eckhart received 2,465. In the North Region, David Stueck received 751 votes, Steven Shea received 1,929 and John Gavan received 2,163. Terry Brown, Mark Eckhart and John Gavan were declared the winners of the 2014 DMEA Board election and will meet with the sitting board members on Friday, June 13, at 9:00 a.m. for the election of the board officers.
DMEA's new Chief Executive Officer, Jasen Bronec, formerly of Cut Bank, Montana addressed the members directly of the first time. "Today, we all have an opportunity and a responsibility to revitalize the spirit of the cooperative movement and empower our members.”