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The Fun at Annual Meeting

It’s not all business

Business is an important part of the Annual Membership Meeting, but it is not the only thing that will be happening on October 6. Here’s what else you can expect.

Operation: Giving Back

Shortly before last year’s Annual Membership Meeting and after the September 2017 Texas Co-op Power had gone to print, Hurricane Harvey struck the Texas Coast. Several cooperatives that Medina EC works closely with were hit by the storm, and the lives of many of their employees and members were devastated. As a last minute way to help, Medina EC collected donated gift cards and money at the annual meeting. Medina EC members came through, as they always do, and the money was sent to a relief fund for employees of cooperatives impacted by the storm.

That catastrophic event has started what we would like to make a new tradition.

For this year’s Annual Meeting, we have chosen active military personnel as our “Giving Back” project. Members can bring items to donate at the Annual Meeting. We will continue collecting items at all of our offices throughout October, and in November we will mail them to service men and women overseas. If you know of a unit who could use the items, please email us their complete mailing address at [email protected], and we will add them to our list.

Items To Donate

Powdered drink mixes

Meal enhancersAnything to mix with MREs: seasoned salt, individual packets of hot sauce, mustard, relish and ketchup

Energy bars

Candy and gum. Avoid items that could melt.

Travel-size containers of personal care products: shampoo, toothpaste, shaving lotion, lotion, etc. No aerosol cans.

Toiletries: toothbrush, dental floss, cotton swabs, lip balm, individually packaged baby wipes, etc.

You can get other ideas at All donated items should be brand new, unopened and safety sealed.

A Visit to Laredo

Aside from the excitement of the 80th Annual Membership Meeting, Laredo has lots to offer. Come for the meeting and stay to make a day trip out of it! Check out these local attractions. If you want more information on things to see, what to do or where to stay, contact the Laredo Chamber of Commerce at or (956) 722-9895.

Golfing: Max A. Mandel Municipal Golf Course, Alexander Crossings, Casa Blanca Golf Course

Shopping: The Outlet Shoppes at Laredo, Mall Del Norte, San Bernardo Avenue

Museums: Border Heritage Museum, Laredo Water Museum, Republic of the Rio Grande Museum

For Kids: Lake Casa Blanca International State Park, Laredo Water Museum

For Birders: The Chacon Creek Trail, Las Plamas Trail, Lake Casa Blanca International State Park, North Central Park, Paseo Del Indio Trail, Ranchito Road, Robert Muller Trails, San Ygnacio Road, St. Peter’s Square, Zacate Creek Trails

Entertainment: TAMIU Mariachi Internacional

After the business meeting, members in attendance can look forward to a performance by the TAMIU Mariachi Internacional group. According to the TAMIU website, the mariachi program “represents the tradition, culture, and heritage of the … South Texas area through multiple performances every semester.”

Prizes and Booths

Come early for the special Energy Efficiency and Renewables question and answer session at 9:30 a.m. Visit with our experts and get answers to your questions.

Laredo Occupational Center will host a health booth. Visit them for free blood pressure and glucose screenings, health information and great giveaways.

Find interactive booths where you can try the equipment that line crews use daily. Attendees can try their hand at timed activities to win special prizes!

You can visit with employees about questions or concerns you have or learn about programs that could benefit you. You can also get safety tips before the meeting during the “Safety Around Power Lines” presentation at 9:15 a.m.

And, of course, there are door prizes! In 80 years, prizes are one thing that hasn’t changed. Some lucky members in attendance will win special prizes (such as energy bill credits). Every member in attendance will get a registration gift. One lucky member in attendance will win the grand prize of $1,000. You must be present to win all prizes.