Delta-Montrose Electric Association's (DMEA) annual meeting of members will be held Thursday, June 14, at the Montrose Pavilion, 1800 Pavilion Drive. The fun kicks off at 4:30 p.m. with bucket truck rides, an electric car show, kids' games, educational booths, live music by David Starr, and Elevate Fiber demonstrations. Elevate employees will provide information about home WiFi technology, streaming options, and the benefits of fiber. Plus, attendees can check in on the progress of their community zone goals.
DMEA and Elevate employees will also serve up a free dinner from Jimmer's BBQ from 4:30 to 6 p.m., as well as provide information on how to save energy, electricity safety, and high-speed internet. The event is free to attend and the public is welcome.
The event will also mark the election of three candidates. Two candidates are running unopposed for DMEA's board of directors. Kyle Martinez, District 2, and Chris Hauck, District 5, will be declared elected at the meeting.
One board seat is contested. The results of the District 1 race between Bill Patterson and Ed Ulibarri will be tabulated and declared at the meeting.
The business meeting portion of the event will begin at 6:30 p.m. with reports from co-op CEO Jasen Bronec, and board president Bill Patterson. It will also include a special appearance by keynote speaker, Phil Rutkowski. Rutkowski is a business development manager for Wärtsilä North America, Inc., a global leader in smart technology and sustainable innovation in the energy market. He will speak about the changing nature of the energy industry and current trends and what they mean for co-op's like DMEA.
DMEA members in attendance will receive a free tin camping mug, while supplies last, and have the opportunity to win a variety of door prizes including an air tour for two from Rocky Mountain Air Tours and local gift certificates. More information about DMEA's annual election can be found online at www.dmea.com or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
DMEA was originally founded in 1938, as Delta-Montrose Rural Power Lines Association. A board of directors from nine districts covering three counties governs the cooperative. DMEA serves approximately 32,000 residential, commercial and industrial meters, on over 3,000 miles of cooperative owned distribution line.
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