Thank you to those of you who were able to join us on Saturday, May 14th for Hill County Electric’s 77th Annual Meeting of Members. It was nice to be able to meet in person again. I also want to thank all of you who voted by mail. It is always great to see the entire membership being able to participate in the decision making of the cooperative. We were incorporated in 1945 and began providing service to our members in 1947.
Like most cooperatives, HCE was created by farmers and ranchers to enjoy the benefits of electricity and providing service to Rocky Boy starting in 1949. We all owe a big thank you to those early pioneers who had the foresight to understand the importance of bringing electricity to the rural areas HCE still serves to this day.
HCE’s mission is serving our members with affordable, reliable electrical service. Membership is open to everyone in our service area and each member has a voice in how the co-op is run. Democratic control is part of the cooperative business model, and all votes are equal. The board represents you, the members, from all of HCE’s service area and make decisions that will lead HCE into the future. They take this commitment seriously and as I mentioned in my Annual Meeting Notice message, all five of our Trustees have received their Board Credentials from NRECA, which shows their commitment to the cooperative.