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GVEC elects new directors during membership meeting
GVEC General Manager and CEO Darren Schauer (third from right) presents the 2013 GVEC Public Service Award for an organization to Victoria College. Dr. Tom Butler, president of Victoria College, accepted the award. Additional representatives from the college included (from left) Helen Hahn, Lewis Borgfeld, Letty Gonzales, Jackie Mikesh, Edward Gonzales, Dr. Larry Garrett, and Jennifer Yancey.
GONZALES -- The GVEC annual meeting, marking 75 years of service to the membership, was held on June 28 in the Gonzales High School Special Events Center. Either present or by proxy, 1,158 GVEC members were represented at the meeting.
Members enjoyed refreshments, chili dogs, and musical entertainment by “The O’Neal Brothers Band.” Members also had an opportunity to browse exhibit booths for GVEC subsidiaries, GVEC Home, and GVEC.net, as well as take a pictorial journey into the past through a display of old GVEC photos and ads.
At 7 p.m., board President Lewis Borgfeld called the business meeting to order. The invocation, given by board Vice President Melvin E. Strey, followed.
Next on the agenda was the election of directors. Four incumbent directors were elected to a three-year term: Robert J. Werner of Shiner will serve as director of District 1, Shawn Martinez of Seguin will serve as director of District 4, Melvin E. Strey of New Berlin will serve as director of District 7, and Don Williams of Yoakum will serve as director of District 10.
Following the election was a video presentation of reports to the membership. It included a salute to the Cooperative’s 75th anniversary, recounting the story of the growth of GVEC and its subsidiaries. Other discussion topics included GVEC’s strategic planning process and future vision, community initiatives and economic development activities, subsidiary services of GVEC.net and GVEC Home, and the 2012 financial report.
Next, Borgfeld gave an update on the Power Up community grant program, thanking the membership for their generosity and recognizing several of the grant recipients from recent distributions.
A special part of the evening’s program was the GVEC Public Service Award, which was presented to an organization as well as to an individual to commemorate the Cooperative’s 75-year celebration. Victoria College, a respected community partner, was recognized for the higher learning educational and training opportunities it offers to meet the diverse employment needs in the Guadalupe Valley. Accepting the award on behalf of Victoria College were Dr. Tom Butler, president, and Jackie Mikesh, Gonzales Center manager.
The second award went to community leader Carl O’Neill of Yoakum. Everyone who knows him says he has truly made a difference through his leadership and volunteerism which includes many years of service to the local food pantry, Accolade Hospice, the Tom-Tom Festival, the Yoakum Area Chamber of Commerce board, and various city committees. O’Neill, accompanied by his wife, Linda, accepted the award.
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