Glacier Electric Cooperative’s 2017 annual meeting was a huge success. This year Glacier Electric changed the time and day of the week to a Wednesday evening instead of the usual Saturday morning meeting. Members welcomed the change as we had a crowd not seen in quite some time. With over 270 members registering there was nearly double that in attendance.
Every member who attended received one entry into the door prizes and received an energy efficiency kit. The kits included four led light bulbs, and an energy efficient showerhead from Glacier Electric and Bonneville Power Administration.
The day of the meeting wasn’t the only change, Glacier Electric’s General Manager Matt Hudson announced his resignation to the membership, so he can return to his home state to become the General Manager of Missouri Rural Electric. Matt didn’t come to this decision lightly, he has enjoyed his time at Glacier Electric, getting to know the membership and employees.
Hugo Anderson will take over the General Manager position when Matt leaves in May. Hugo is currently the Operations Manager for Glacier Electric and has over 38 years of cooperative work experience. Hugo and his wife Patty first moved to Cut Bank in 2009 when he was offered the Operations Manager position. Aside from working at Glacier Electric many may know Hugo from his MOA referee uniform he puts on from time to time on the Hi-Line. Hugo looks forward to his move in roles at the cooperative and would like the membership to know he will continue to deliver your electricity reliably, safely, and affordably.
The membership voted in Colleen Gustafson to represent the open Rural District seat. Colleen will be replacing Dave Losing who has been a board trustee since 2008. The membership also voted in incumbents Jim Taylor for At-Large District and Zita Bremner for Browning District.
The bylaw change was voted on and passed by the membership. The new bylaw change will go into effect in the 2018 election. If only one candidate submits a qualified petition by the deadline for each seat, the cooperative shall not hold an election. Therefore, the one qualified candidate for each seat shall serve as trustee for the entire term.
Glacier Electric ended their meeting with a variety of door prizes that included 4-H pork bundles, cash prizes, bill credits, and a 48” smart TV. Not only did members get a chance to win a door prize they also enjoyed a BBQ meal provided by Big Sky Café, and dinner rolls from Big Sky Colony.
The most enjoyable moment of the meeting was the drawing of two $500 No Essay Scholarships. Current high school seniors of Browning, Cut Bank, and Heart Butte were eligible to win if they signed up and stayed until the end of the meeting. This was the first-time Glacier Electric offered this type of scholarship and we are happy to announce Angel Loring and Talesia Crow Spreads His Wings, both of Browning High School, as the winners.
Glacier Electric would like to congratulate the door prize and scholarship winners, and if you missed this year’s meeting we look forward to having you next year.