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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

NORTH BALTIMORE, Ohio – Hancock-Wood Electric Cooperative held its Annual Meeting at its office in North Baltimore this past Saturday, September 15 to a crowd of around 1,500 people.

The meeting covered several co-op business and financial items, including reports from President & CEO George Walton, and Board Chairman Ed Crawford. They outlined new loads and sales from the past year, and talked about various company rebuild projects. Speaker Tony Ahern, Ohio Rural Electric Cooperatives President & CEO, provided a state industry update.

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.

The day also included a full slate of activities, including children’s inflatables, booths and exhibits to visit, and other giveaways, which all added to the excitement of the day, preceded by a free buffet meal of eggs, ham, pancakes and more. A member food drive was held, which benefited the North Baltimore Food Assistance Program.

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 Electric Cooperative has granted more than $100,000 in scholarships within the last decade. An additional Power Systems Engineer (PSE) Scholarship has been added to the program. The winner of this scholarship is eligible for paid internship(s) in the co-op’s engineering department. learn more