Medina Electric Cooperative held its annual membership meeting Saturday, September 25. The meeting, held at the Willie de Leon Civic Center in Uvalde and livestreamed on Zoom, was the co-op’s first official gathering, other than nominating meetings, since the COVID-19 pandemic forced the cancellation of the 2020 annual meeting. In-person attendees partook in a breakfast served by Bill Miller Bar-B-Q and safely enjoyed fellowship with old friends and new acquaintances, and several lucky members won $50 bill credits and gift cards. The employees and board members of Medina EC extend their thanks to all who attended in person and watched online. Below is a brief recap of the meeting.
District 1: Wayne Scholtz, 1,352 votes
Levi McKenzie, 566 votes
District 2: Kenneth White, uncontested
District 3: J.L. Gonzalez, uncontested
Total Memberships Represented
Business Meeting Highlights
CEO Mark Rollans provided an update on the business and financial condition of the cooperative. He explained how Medina EC rapidly adapted its business practices to the new reality forced by the coronavirus pandemic and how the co-op responded to extreme weather events, including the February winter storm.
Despite lower energy sales compared to the previous year, Medina EC met all the financial goals set by its board. The cooperative remains financially stable and continues to grow.
Medina EC plans to complete an update to its metering system in 2022 that will allow the co-op to expand the services it offers to members.
Employees were recognized for reaching service milestones in 2020 and 2021. As employees reach those milestones, marked in five-year increments, Medina EC donates $100 in their name to a charity that they choose. To date, the cooperative has donated $2,600 to charitable causes on behalf of employees, and the co-op will donate another $300 before the year ends.
Rollans announced that he will retire December 31 after 30 years of service to the cooperative, having spent nearly 15 of those years as CEO. On behalf of Medina EC’s board of directors and membership, board President Kenneth White presented Rollans with a plaque commemorating his decades of hard work and unselfish dedication to the cooperative. “Although I won’t be here as the cooperative faces the challenges and changes that lie ahead,” Rollans said, “I believe that the cooperative is in a perfect position to meet the challenges, implement changes and continue to be successful in the future.”