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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

NORTH BALTIMORE, Ohio – Hancock-Wood Electric Cooperative’s members authorized several Code of Regulations & Articles of Incorporation changes at its Annual Meeting this past Saturday, Sept. 13 at am at The Cube in Findlay.

Among the changes were allowing trustees to serve four 3-year terms, instead of the recent three 3-year terms. Miscellaneous changes were also made to code language, and allowing the use of electronic media in future voting forums.

The meeting also covered several co-op business and financial items, and members heard from Congressman Jim Jordan (R – Urbana), as well as famed entertainer Bob Farmer will speak and deliver humor with a Farmers’ Almanac flavor in an engaging, storytelling style. The event theme, “Proud Past – New Era,” will be addressed during the business meeting in two different reports/speeches.

The day also included a fun atmosphere with a theme focused around “Proud Past – New Era,” where details and photos of the new office complex were shared. 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. Hancock-Wood also conducted a successful food drive, which benefited the North Baltimore Food Assistance Program.

The results of recent trustee elections were announced, as well as the swearing in of each elected trustee at the meeting. Members from District 2 re-elected Clark Duncan; this district includes Bloom, Center, Henry, Liberty, Portage and Webster Townships of Wood County. District 7 re-elected James Demler, which is comprised of Eagle, Jackson and Liberty Townships of Hancock County. Finally, District 8 elected Jack Putnam, whose district comprises Liberty, Orange, Richland, Riley, Union, Van Buren and Washington Townships.

Speaker Ken Keylor, Ohio Rural Electric Cooperatives Vice President of Statewide Services, provided a state industry update. President & CEO George Walton also addressed the crowd on green power, global warming, climate change and renewable energy, 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