Friday, July 15, 2016
Prairie Knights Casino & Resort Pavilion
7932 ND Highway 24
Fort Yates, North Dakota
3:30 p.m. CT - Registration begins
5:30 p.m. CT - Call to Order & Voting (no further ballots distributed) Business meeting will recess after voting.
6:00 p.m. CT - Banquet
7:00 p.m. CT - Business Meeting reconvenes
Mor-Gran-Sou Holds Annual Meeting
July 15, 2016
Members of Mor-Gran-Sou Electric Cooperative, Inc., met at the Pavilion of Prairie Knights Casino and Resort north of Fort Yates on July 15 to conduct their business at the cooperative’s 69th annual meeting. This year’s theme was, “Reliability – Regulations – Resources – Ready to Serve You.”
The afternoon began with registration from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. CT. Prior to a delicious banquet served at 6 p.m., a solemn prayer was offered by Reverend John Paul Gardner, pastor to St. Elizabeth, Cannon Ball; St. Peter in Chains, Fort Yates; St. James, Porcupine; St. Philomena, Selfridge; and Sacred Heart, Solen. Mor-Gran-Sou was also honored to have Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Councilman Chad Harrison provide a warm welcome to the members.
Chairman Leland “Judge” Barth dropped the gavel at approximately 5:30 p.m. CT and the business meeting was underway. This year, Mor-Gran-Sou members were asked to vote for three board directors: one for the Grant County position, one for the Mandan area position, and one for the Morton County position. Incumbents Vernard Frederick, Flasher, and Barth, Mandan, retained their positions on the board. Frederick is the Grant County representative and Barth is the Mandan area representative. New to the board is Jay Larson, who will serve his first three-year board term as representative for Morton County. He fills the position previously held by Pam Geiger, who reached her term limit of six 3-year terms. Mor-Gran-Sou thanks Dennis Dutke, Mandan; Cody Hatzenbuhler, Mandan; Clyde Howe, Mandan; Delwin Petrick, Elgin; and Travis Wolf, Mandan; for campaigning to serve their electric cooperative.
Mor-Gran-Sou was honored to have a number of guests join the meeting. Senator John Hoeven, Congressman Kevin Cramer, and Jane Opdahl and Joanne Beckman from Senator Heidi Heitkamp’s office took time, to share their thoughts with the audience.
After the guests’ greetings, Co-General Managers/Chief Executive Officers Donald Franklund and Chris Baumgartner captured this year’s theme in their interesting and informative report to the membership. Baumgartner discussed Mor-Gran-Sou’s dedication to safety and how employees work together toward creating a safe work environment. Baumgartner also discussed changes brought about by higher rates, current legislation and regional transmission organization changes. Franklund then presented a number of updates including what he hopes to be his final one on the 2010 ice storm. Franklund reminded members about the value of electricity, and what it can do and how it can save time. The managers’ presentation closed with addressing how the recent member satisfaction survey has shown that of all the qualities people look for in their electric cooperative, reliability is the most important. Mor-Gran-Sou is working tirelessly toward the goal of being as reliable and cost-effective as possible.
Dedicated to the development of young leaders in the area, Mor-Gran-Sou recognized four scholarship winners during the business meeting including Krysten Doll, New Salem; Mikayla Lennie, New Salem; Leslie Miller, St. Anthony; and Amber Morrell, Mandan. The teenagers competed for and received a Basin Electric Power Cooperative/Mor-Gran-Sou scholarship award in the amount of $500 to further their education as they attend college this fall. In spite of their busy summer, three of the scholarship recipients were able to attend the meeting and thank the membership for the scholarships.
This past June, Caitlyn Becker of Flasher participated in the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association Youth Tour to Washington, D.C. Director Geiger recognized Becker at this year’s annual meeting and thanked her for representing Mor-Gran-Sou and the state of North Dakota. Becker and other delegates from across the state and nation learned from and about each other while participating in events that showcase our nation’s rich history, U.S. government, the cooperative business model and rural electrification.
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. Two officers were elected to the offices they had previously held. Barth will continue to serve as the board chair and Casey Wells as the vice chair. Bonnie Tomac was elected to the position of secretary-treasurer. 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 69th annual meeting of the membership, and look forward to meeting its members’ electrical needs in the future.