Members of Mor-Gran-Sou Electric Cooperative, Inc., met at the Pavilion of Prairie Knights Casino and Resort north of Fort Yates on July 20 to conduct their business at the cooperative’s 65th annual meeting. This year’s theme was “Electric Cooperatives Build a Better World – Celebrating 65 Years of Service to the Membership.”
The afternoon began with registration from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Prior to a delicious banquet served at 6 p.m., a solemn prayer was offered by Brother George, S.D.S., Catholic Indian Mission Church, Fort Yates. Standing Rock Tribal Chairman Charlie Murphy provided a warm welcome to the members.
Chairman Dave Archambault II dropped the gavel at approximately 7 p.m. and the business meeting was underway. This year, Mor-Gran-Sou members were asked to vote for three board directors: one for the at-large position, one for the Morton County position, and one for the Sioux County position. Incumbents Mark Doll, New Salem, and Robert Gaebe, New Salem, retained their positions on the board. Doll is the at-large representative and Gaebe is the Morton County representative. Chad Harrison, Fort Yates, ran unopposed and replaced Dave Archambault II as the Sioux County director. Archambault decided not to run for another term. Each director will fulfill a three-year term. Mor-Gran-Sou thanks George J. Ferderer and Dave Kemnitz, Mandan, for campaigning to serve their electric cooperative.
Dedicated to the development of young leaders in the area, Mor-Gran-Sou Electric Cooperative recognized four scholarship winners during the business meeting, including Brandi Boehm, Mandan; Andrew Kreidt, New Salem; Kayla Scholes, Carson; and Blake Ulrich, Elgin. The teenagers competed for and received a Basin Electric Power Cooperative/Mor-Gran-Sou Electric scholarship award in the amount of $500 to further their education as they attend college this fall. With a busy summer, a number of the scholarship recipients were unable to attend the meeting; however, Boehm attended and thanked the membership for the scholarship.
This past June, Riley Hertz of Carson participated in the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association Youth Tour to Washington, D.C. Director Geiger recognized Hertz at this year’s annual meeting and thanked her for representing Mor-Gran-Sou Electric Cooperative and North Dakota. Hertz addressed the audience, offering gratitude for the experience, and gave the audience a sampling of what she experienced during her trip. Hertz and other delegates from across the nation learned from and about each other while participating in events that showcase our nation’s rich history, U.S. government, the cooperative philosophy and rural electrification.
Co-General Manager/CEOs Donald Franklund, Chris Baumgartner and Clayton Hoffman captured this year’s theme in their interesting and informative report to the membership. Franklund touched on the storms of 2010 and recapped the 2011 flooding along the Missouri River, reiterating the combined devastation and its continued financial impact on the cooperative. Baumgartner who will take over for Hoffman when he retires in early 2013, introduced himself to the membership and further discussed that Mor-Gran-Sou has received word from Basin Electric Power Cooperative that a power cost rate adjustment will go into effect in early 2013. Members will receive more information on the rate adjustment in the upcoming months. Hoffman wrapped up the discussion by expressing a farewell and offering his thoughts on being part of the Innovative Energy Alliance management team. He also expressed his gratitude to the cooperative membership, management and staff as he looked back over the past six years. Finally, Chief Financial Officer Travis Kupper presented the financial report to the membership.
Directly following the annual meeting, the board of directors held its reorganization meeting. Leland “Judge” Barth was elected as the board chairman. Casey Wells was elected to serve as vice chairman, and Pam Geiger retained the secretary-treasurer position. These officers will serve a one-year term.
The board of directors and staff of Mor-Gran-Sou wish to thank the members for participating in the 65th annual meeting of the membership, and look forward to meeting its members’ electrical needs in the future.