Rolling Hills holds annual
Approximately 350 members and guests attended the Rolling Hills Electric Cooperative annual meeting held Friday at the NCK Wellness Center Gymnasium, Beloit.
Gary Frieling, Athol, president of the board, called the meeting to order. He introduced board members from each of the three districts.
Board members are as follows. District 1: Bernard (Sonny) Bohnen, Dorrance; Jim Ehrlich, Wilson; Robert Fredrickson, Ellsworth. District 2: Leon Eck, Tipton; Jay Overmiller, Lebanon; Paul Wilson, Burr Oak. District 3: Kevin Cromwell, Haddam; Melroy Kopsa, Cuba; Justin Trost, Concordia.
Douglas Jackson, manager, reported the cooperative had total margins of $1,546,501. He stated that the cost of wholesale power was the largest expense, amounting to $11,841,992 or 58 percent of the total operating cost.
Jackson recognized the employees and former trustees that were present. He updated members and guests on the progress of the Osborne Outpost and centralized office.
Marcus Harris, excutive vice president of KEPCo, discussed the diversified sources of power, which KEPCo purchases then sells to Rolling Hills Electric and other member cooperatives. In addition, he spoke of EPA action and how they will affect the cost of power in the near future.
Phil Wages, director of member services, government affairs and business development, reported the State of Kansas needs to generate income to offset its shortfalls. One option that is being considered is placing a state sales tax on electricity bills. This could amount to 6.15 percent or greater. He encouraged all members and guests to contact state representatives and strongly opposed the tax.
Hills alumni reunion to be May 23
The 2015 annual Mankato and Rock Hills High School Alumni Banquet will be held May 23 at the Mankato Community Center.
The Class of 1965 will host an open house and reception at the old high school at 301 N. West from 2 to 4 p.m. which will include tours of the school and time for visiting. The study hall which now houses Mankato High School trophies and other memorabilia will be open for viewing at this time.
The present high school will be open for tours from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday.
Registration and hospitality time for the all-school reunion at the community center is from 4 to 6 p.m. followed by the catered meal at 6 p.m.
The street dance will start at 9 p.m. in front of Bob's Inn. Those attending are to bring their lawn chairs and plan to enjoy the dancing and visiting.
The Jewell County Historical Society will be open for visiting Saturday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and the Ute Theatre will be open from 4 to 5:30 p.m. for interested viewers. The Class of 1965 plans on showing their class memories, current and past, at that time and invite all to come for viewing the Ute as it is now and if they desire to stay for the 1965 Class memories they are welcome.
Scholarships will be awarded to Mankato and Rock Hills graduates who will attend an accredited college or technical school. Last year scholarships in the amount of $100 were awarded to 43 recipients. Banquet invitations include information for making a contribution to the scholarship fund. Applications for scholarships should be made to the Alumni Association in care of Karen Morris Ross, 103 N. West, Mankato, Kan. 66956
The invitation cards have been mailed to alumni for whom addresses were available. Former students, spouses or escorts of members, past and present teachers, administrators, employees and past and present school board members are welcome to attend. Contact Verla Graham Roe, Mankato for more details. Roe and Ross would appreciate being advised of any address corrections and updates.
There will be a breakfast Sunday morning, May 24, served from 7 to 11 a.m. at the Rock Hills High School.
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