BLOOMINGTON — Corn Belt Energy Corp. celebrated its 80th anniversary at its annual meeting on June 22 at Central Catholic High School with more than 1,500 people in attendance.
During the business meeting, Denise Mayes of Bloomington (District 1), Janice Reimer of Carlock (District 1), Gary Archey of Clinton (District 4), and Charles Meisenheimer of Walnut (District 7) were elected to serve three-year terms as directors.
After the business meeting, the directors held a reorganizational meeting and re-elected Rae F. Payne as chairman, Meisenheimer as vice chairman, Albert Hagenbuch as secretary/treasurer, and Reimer as assistant secretary treasurer.
Attendees enjoyed a presentation by local historian, Don Meyer, about the history of rural electrification and the progression from 80 years ago to the present day.
Other activities available included complimentary lunch, bucket truck rides, educational workshops on a variety of topics, alpaca petting zoo, safety demonstrations, and several free activities for children.
Cooperative Board Chairman Rae F. Payne said Corn Belt Energy embraces its strong history and continues to evolve and change to better serve members, adding that the cooperative team of employees and the board of directors are dedicated to serving the members of Corn Belt Energy and its focus is to provide a better way of life for members, members’ children and generations to come.
Payne thanked employees, stating, “It takes knowledge, teamwork and dedication to each and every task, and our employees are remarkable.”
He thanked members for their involvement in the cooperative and for helping the cooperative celebrate 80 years of history and a bright future.
Corn Belt President/CEO Don Taylor said looking to the past is important, and looking to the future is just as important, and the cooperative is prepared to serve the membership well in the future.
Taylor updated members on topics such as work plan projects that have been recently completed to improve reliability for members, a sampling of new construction projects in the Corn Belt Energy service area, rate management, electric vehicles, and the importance of safety.
“It is always our goal to provide a safe environment for the public and our employees,” Taylor said.
Rosie Socrates from Bloomington, who was selected as one of four students to represent Corn Belt Energy at Youth to Washington Tour in Washington, D.C., this June, spoke to members about the trip and her experiences.