Annual Meeting & Annual Reports
79th Annual Meeting Recap
Beltrami Electric Cooperative held its 79th Annual Meeting on Tuesday, April 23, at the Bemidji High School. Nearly 600 cooperative members and guests attended the event, featuring informational booths, a complimentary member gift, an electrical safety demonstration and a roast beef dinner prepared by Bemidji High School. BEC linemen were also onsite with a line truck, providing interested members a chance to go up in the bucket of the truck, as well as a safety demo inside.
The meeting was opened with the pledge of allegiance, followed by the invocation, offered by board treasurer Judy Honer. Board president Rick Coe introduced Beltrami Electric’s delegate for the 2019 Electric Cooperative Youth Tour, Willow Damar, who will be attending a trip to Washington, D.C in June. Randy Frisk, Vice President for the Beltrami Electric Cooperative Trust for Operation Round Up, presented on the success the program has seen in our communities since its inception. Jeremiah Freye spoke about the No Barriers Warriors Program, an expedition for disabled rural veterans sponsored by CoBank.
The meeting featured a financial update from Director of Finance and Accounting, Arlene Hogquist as well as a cooperative update from CEO Jared Echternach. The featured speaker was Stacey Dahl, senior manager of external affairs for Minnkota Power Cooperative, who spoke about Project Tundra, a proposed carbon capture project at the coal-based Milton R. Young Station in Center, N.D.
Door prizes were drawn during the program, including two bicycles with helmets and a Minnesota 529 College Savings Plan for youth who attended for the meeting. Special thanks go out to the following vendors who donated prizes: National Information Solutions Cooperative (NISC), Paul Bunyan Communications, Dakota Supply Group (DSG), Rural Electric Supply Cooperative (RESCO) and Security Bank USA.
Three directors were elected to the board, which included incumbents Murl Nord (District 1), Robert Wallner (District 5) and Sue Kringen (District 8). In addition, proposed revisions to the cooperative’s bylaws were approved by majority vote of the members. Next year’s meeting is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, April 23, 2020.