SWITZ CITY, Ind. (April 14, 2018) -- The Utilities District of Western Indiana REMC held its 82nd annual meeting Saturday at White River Valley High School April 14, where three new Directors were elected by a record setting 2,963 votes, representing 19.4 percent of the total membership.
New voting options helped increase total overall participation in electing new Directors--2,915 members voted early by mail and online, and 48 voted at the annual meeting.
The UDWI Board of Directors is welcoming new members Mike Williams for District 5, Dax Collins for District 7, and Sophie Haywood for District 8.
“It is great to see so many of our members getting more involved in the co-op and casting their votes,” said CEO Doug Childs. “With all the changes being made so far in 2018, it is important to hear from the members to know what they want to see from their cooperative, and this election gives us great insight.”
The annual meeting included a question and answer session with members and CEO Doug Childs. Childs also presented the State of UDWI to an audience of nearly 120 members, and Election Committee Chair Genie Bowers announced the election results.
The new board members will join the five current members who will continue to serve as directors for 2018-19: Todd Carpenter, Ron Thompson, Jim Jackson, John Royal and David Burger.
Following the annual meeting, a new slate of officers was elected; Mike Williams will serve as Board President, Todd Carpenter as Vice President, Dax Collins as Treasurer and Sophie Haywood as Secretary.
“I am here to work together as a board, and I look forward to building on all the progress that has been made,” said Williams. “I am honored to take this position on the board and appreciate the support of the other Directors.”
UDWI would like to thank Roger Shake and Bill Watkins, who both served more than 30 years on the Board of Directors. During the past year, both Directors actively supported the adoption of the transparency policy and new voting options for members. UDWI wishes them the best and appreciates their decades of service to the cooperative.
The annual meeting also featured community booths from Greene County General Hospital, Greene County Sheriff’s Department, Hoosier Energy, and Cub Scout Pack 468. The UDWI Community Fund presented grants to Lyons Community Food Pantry and Springville Gym Restoration Board.
SIDEBAR: Offical 2018 Board of Directors Election Results
Mike Williams 1,960 (67.9%)
Roger Shake 926 (32.1%)
Dax Collins 1,929 (67.7%)
Bill Watkins 919 (32.3%)
Sophie Haywood 1,103 (38.1%)
Jeff Dorris 709 (24.5%)
Steve Lindsey 668 (23.1%)
J. Scott Sargent 414 (14.3%)