The 2014 Annual Meeting


An estimated 450 people attended the meeting on May 13 at Sons of Hermann Hall in Giddings.

Live music, election ballots, briefings from Bluebonnet executives and more than 40 door prizes were on the agenda for the cooperative’s Annual Meeting in May. 
“This year marks Bluebonnet’s 75th anniversary and this Annual Meeting is one example of what makes cooperatives great and why they remain as important and relevant today as they’ve always been – democratic control by our members and owners,” said Rick Schmidt, who, as board chairman, presided over the meeting. 
Bluebonnet Directors Roderick L. Emanuel, District 3, Bastrop County; Russell Jurk, District 4, Lee, Milam and Williamson counties; Byron Balke, District 6, Austin, Colorado and Fayette counties; and Robert Mikeska, District 7, Washington County; were unopposed and re-elected in their respective races. 
“Congratulations to the four incumbent directors who were re-elected. The fact that they were all unopposed is a testament to the confidence that our members place in their leadership,” Schmidt said.
One third of Bluebonnet’s 11-member Board of Directors is up for election each year. They serve staggered, three-year terms. This year, 6,251 Bluebonnet members voted either by proxy or in person at the Annual Meeting. The meeting, which is held on the second Tuesday in May, was at the Sons of Hermann Hall in Giddings. 
Approximately 450 people attended the meeting. Mark Rose, Bluebonnet’s general manager, spoke about the 75-year history of Bluebonnet’s mission to bring electricity to Central Texas as well as the benefits of being a member-owner of a co-op. Rose’s comments were punctuated by a video highlighting Bluebonnet milestones in 2013. Those milestones included how the co-op manages growth, new LED security lights to replace high-pressure sodium security lights, and the introduction of electronic signatures for members, a convenient way to save paperwork and time.
Matt Bentke, Bluebonnet’s deputy general manager, provided information about the co-op’s operational and financial strengths, including how and where the co-op has grown and will continue to grow. He spoke about the number of meters and kilowatt hours that have been or are projected to be consumed by Bluebonnet’s residential and commercial members.  
The co-op added about 425 new meters in the first quarter of 2014, 100 more than the first quarter of last year, Bentke said. The service area has 14 new, under-construction or proposed residential and commercial developments. If all are completed, they will add 67 megawatts to the co-op’s electric distribution system. One megawatt can power about 300 homes. On a typical July day, Bluebonnet’s peak energy demand is about 400 megawatts. 
Continued improvements to Bluebonnet’s technology, Bentke said, are anchored by a new website that launched in May. The new, along with other innovative technologies, will help the co-op continue to provide the best service to members. 


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