Oregon Trail Electric Cooperative held its 27th Annual Membership Meeting on May 2nd at the Grant County Fairgrounds in John Day. Members were in attendance to hear from OTEC Board President Greg Howard and General Manager Werner Buehler on the state of their electric cooperative.
Mr. Howard highlighted the clean audit OTEC received in 2014 as well as the steps the OTEC Board and Management have taken to ensure the excellent financial health of the electric cooperative. Mr. Buehler discussed the challenges and opportunities OTEC will face in the future from the Bonneville Power Administration, increased distributed generation, and new technologies while working to keep electric rates low.
The OTEC Board Election results were announced:
George “Austin” Bingaman (position 4) of Union County was re-elected with 3,164 votes.
Wayne Overton (position 5) of Baker County was elected with 1,844 votes, defeating Aletha Bonebrake also of Baker County who received 1,671 votes.
Gary Miller (position 6) of Grant County was re-elected with 3,061 votes.
The proposed bylaw revisions were approved and passed by the membership.
The 3rd Annual Peggi Timm Civic Leadership Award was presented to Di Lyn Larson-Hill of La Grande. Di Lyn selected the Union County Friday Backpack Program a non-profit 501(c)3 to receive the $25,000 donation, made available through earnings on unclaimed capital credits.
Di Lyn was honored for her incredible leadership and commitment to Union County and Eastern Oregon. Di Lyn served on the La Grande city council, was mayor pro tem and then elected mayor. Along with her work in creating Max Square in downtown La Grande, Di Lyn served as president of multiple organizations including the League of Oregon Cities, the La Grande Library Foundation and Soroptimists International.
In 2006, she was named Woman of the Year by the Union County Chamber of Commerce and has served as chair for many philanthropic pursuits including the Union County Festival of Trees (which she introduced to the community in 1983), the Capitol Fundraising Campaign for the Cook Memorial Library, the La Grande Skate Park, and the Veterans Memorial Pool, among others.
The winner of the ballot drawing for the 50" flat screen TV was Cory Braseth of La Grande.
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