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Missouri Rural Electric Cooperative’s 86th annual meeting was held Saturday, Aug. 27, with a drive-through format in the parking lot of Palmyra High School.
Registration showed the number of members present had exceeded what was necessary to constitute a quorum for the transaction of business. A total of 399 members registered to vote for three directors.
Andrew Sporleder, attorney from the law firm of Johnson & Sporleder, LLP from Jefferson City, Mo., was the parliamentarian for the meeting.
Michael Powell, a member of the cooperative, served as inspector of the election to assist in overseeing it.
Drive-through registration began at 8:45 a.m., and voting utilizing tablets, handled by Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives personnel, commenced at 9 a.m.
Each membership received registration gifts and $10 cash in appreciation of their participation in the drive-through annual meeting. The
registration and voting concluded at 11 a.m.
Directors re-elected were Dick Disselhorst in District #1, Ross Frankenbach in District #2.
Director David Wright retired after 34 years of service, and Greg Straus was elected in District #3 to serve a term of three years and/or until their successors are elected and qualified.
Wright was presented an engraved plaque as a token of appreciation from the board of directors, employees and cooperative members for his “years of dedicated service and outstanding leadership.”
Vice President Joe Swisher gave a brief review of Wright’s tenure by noting he had been appointed by the board in March 1988 to serve the unexpired term of Lyman McPike.
In 2000, he was chosen by the board for the position of vice president and in 2003 was chosen by the board for the position of president.
In 2003, he was chosen to be a Northeast Power Board of Directors member and was elected as vice president in 2011. He has served in that capacity ever since.
Straus and his wife, Julie, live at 1950 Highway D, in Philadelphia.
They have two daughters, Elizabeth, who is a medical student at KCU, and Delaney, who attends Culver Stockton College.
Straus has been the general manager at the MFA Inc. Palmyra Plant Foods facility for 25 years and is a graduate of Hannibal LaGrange University with a degree in organizational management.
The 2021 annual meeting minutes were approved by a vote of 395 to 4, and the 2021 treasurer’s report was approved by a vote of 394 to 4. The results were posted on MREC’s website.