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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

NORTH BALTIMORE, Ohio – Hancock-Wood Electric Cooperative held its Annual Meeting in Findlay on Saturday, September 12 to a crowd of around 1,500 people.

The meeting covered several co-op business and financial items, as members first heard from Congressman Bob Latta (R – Bowling Green), as he discussed impending cap-and-trade legislation in the Senate. Members also heard about the rate adjustment plan to be instituted October 1. The day also included a fun atmosphere with a theme focused around “People First.” Children’s activities, booths and other giveaways added to the excitement of the day, preceded by a free buffet meal of eggs, ham, sausage, pancakes and much more. A member food drive was held, which benefited the North Baltimore Food Assistance Program.

The results of recent trustee elections were announced, as well as the swearing in of each re-elected trustee at the meeting. Members from District 1 re-elected Steve Gerten; this district includes Bartlow, Marion and Richfield Townships of Henry County; Blanchard, Ottawa and Van Buren Townships of Putnam County; and, Jackson and Milton Townships of Wood County. Marlene Barker was re-elected in District 4, which is comprised of Allen, Blanchard, Pleasant and Portage Townships in Hancock County. In District 5, Ed Crawford was re-elected, whose district includes Hancock County’s Marion Township. District 10 re-elected Knut Lahrs, which includes Kelleys Island in Erie County.

Speaker Tony Ahern, Ohio Rural Electric Cooperatives President & CEO, provided a state industry update. President & CEO George Walton also addressed the crowd on the rate adjustment and cap-and-trade, and Board Chairman Ed Crawford reported on the company highlights over the past year. The entire event was also webcast across the Internet.

We demonstrate our Concern for Community by volunteering and donating to local charitable causes. Nearly $500,000 in grants have been distributed in the last decade through grants and Operation Round Up funds to individuals and organizations in need. We also provide assistance to Habitat for Humanity, schools, churches and community events. To learn more, click on Community Involvement above. learn more

Members benefit from electric service reliability, competitive rates, money after co-op bills are paid in the form of patronage/capital credits, discounts, informative co-op publications, easy-to-access payment plans, rebates, scholarships, family-friendly Member-only events and a vote in the direction of Hancock-Wood Electric Co-op. To learn more, click on Member Benefits above. learn more

Hancock-Wood keeps Member owners informed about legislation that could impact their rights or lead to unstable energy costs. Your voice has been heard at the highest court in the land. In response to petitions by electric co-ops, states and industry, the U.S. Supreme Court granted a stay of the Clean Power Plan. This is an unprecedented act by the Supreme Court. To learn more, click on "Legislation" above or go to learn more