The “Community Connection” that has been characteristic of East Central Energy’s history was the theme for the local electric cooperative’s 77th annual meeting Saturday, April 6 at East Central Schools in Finlayson, MN.
A tethered cold air balloon was a colorful reminder that this year marks the 15th anniversary of the Touchstone Energy national brand, which also exemplifies ECE’s commitment to community as one of the brand’s primary principles.
Hundreds of ECE members, families and friends connected with their cooperative, learning that its financial results were strong in 2012. Students from the East Central High School Band helped ECE employees serve a complimentary pancake breakfast to over 600 members.
Many visitors enjoyed a bird’s eye view of the event thanks to bucket truck rides. Displays highlighted the many ways ECE members and employees build their local communities through volunteerism. Special emphasis was given to Operation Round Up, the voluntary charitable contribution program funded and administered by members. A drawing for an iPad Mini was held for current participants and those who enrolled at the annual meeting.
The co-op’s annual state park clean-up event, Project GreenTouch, was also noted, along with its sponsorship of programs for youth, such as the Minnesota Twins Clinics in Isle and Ogilvie last summer, the Rural Electric Youth Tour to Washington, D.C. and ECE’s scholarship program. ECE recently partnered with Hinckley-Finlayson Schools to bring the Rachel’s Challenge program to students and their families, a community connection that had a lasting impact on those who participated. To learn more about volunteer opportunities through ECE, visit eastcentralenergy.com.