The annual business meeting of the Delta-Montrose Electric Association (DMEA) will be held the morning of Thursday, June 14, at the Montrose Pavilion (1800 Pavilion Drive). Registration and voting will take place from 8-9 a.m. along with light refreshments and an opportunity to see energy and other exhibits.
The business meeting gets underway at 9 a.m. and is expected to run less than two hours.
Board president Tony Prendergast and general manager Dan McClendon will report on the co-op's activities and financials for the past year as well as its plans for the future. Marshall Collins, who serves on the board of directors of Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association Inc., will provide an update on DMEA's wholesale power provider.
DMEA members who attend will receive an energy efficient LED light bulb worth $100 in energy savings over its expected life and a gardening bucket full of energy saving ideas and information. Members who RSVP will also be eligible for door prizes that include LED TVs.
Exhibits range from a plug-in Dodge Ram pickup brought by Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, Inc., and other electric vehicles to solar panels and energy saving products.
It's Flag Day on June 14, so you'll also receive an American flag — and a chance to meet President Taft, back in Montrose to celebrate the construction of the South Canal hydroelectric project.
The meeting's featured speaker is "President William Howard Taft," our nation's 27th president, portrayed by Dale Liikala, a 40-year veteran of community theater. Dale Liikala has presented as President Taft at many programs throughout the country, including the William Howard Taft National Historic Site in Cincinnati and the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Site in Hodgenville, Ky.
President Taft's tie to Montrose dates back to Sept. 23, 1909, when he came to the area to officially open the Gunnison Tunnel. The Gunnison Tunnel that brings water to the South Canal enabled agriculture to flourish and the community to expand.
The potential to generate electricity was noted at the time of President Taft's visit. DMEA and the Uncompahgre Valley Water Users Association (UVWUA) held the official groundbreaking for the South Canal hydroelectric project on May 25.
"The South Canal hydroelectric project represents history in the making," said Dan McClendon, DMEA's general manager. "It's also part of the legacy of the visionary and hardworking people who built this community. We're delighted that 'President Taft' is coming back to help us celebrate our history as we brighten our future."