Nearly 4,000 attend co-op's event
Members of Access Energy Cooperative in southeast Iowa celebrated 75 years Tuesday night with an estimated record crowd of 3,800 members.
Access Energy Cooperative collectively began building a sophisticated power production and delivery system 75 years ago.
That’s the message that members of Access Energy Cooperative heard Tuesday Aug. 6, at the co-op’s 75th annual meeting of members. The meeting was hosted at Mt. Pleasant’s McMillan Park. With near-ideal initial weather conditions, the crowd was estimated at 4,000, with 1,500 registered members.
Speakers during the business session discussed the cooperatives’ history and contribution to community, and they all discovered through Mt. Pleasant Chamber executive Kiley Miller’s welcome remarks that the cooperative is older than Cheerios.
With threatening weather approaching, the general manager’s report was cut short, however Access Energy Cooperative Robert Swindell, general manager/CEO noted that 75 years is a long time for any business to be in existence. In recognition of this milestone, he focused on how Access Energy Cooperative continues to fulfill the vision of the founding members and looks forward to the next 75 years of delivering safe, reliable and efficient energy.
Also at annual meeting, incumbents Ronald Campbell, Fred Hickenbottom and Marvin Newton were re-elected as directors to serve three-year terms on the nine-person board.
More than 30 attendance prizes were awarded during the day, including a 2003 Chevy S-10 pickup won by Tom Morgan or Mt. Pleasant. Ten $75 bill credits, plus a $100 electric credit was won drawn from the mailed-in ballots. Due to the approaching storm, the traditional requirement that you must be present to win the door prizes was waived. Winners of prizes will be notified and prizes can be picked up at the Access Energy Cooperative office in Mt. Pleasant.
Other highlights of the day included a performance by Jake McVey and many family activities including Touchstone Energy hot air tethered balloon rides; pony rides by Shady acres; inflatable activities for kids by Jump-4-Fun; and carousel ground train rides plus drive-a-tractor by Old Threshers.
Access Energy Cooperative serves more than 9,000 meters along more than 2,200 miles of distribution lines in 10 southeast Iowa counties. Access Energy Cooperative is a member of Touchstone Energy, a national alliance of locally owned, community-minded electric co-ops with high standards of service.