Farmers’ Electric Cooperative will be celebrating their 75th anniversary during Tuesday’s Annual Meeting.  Click to hear KMZU’s Sarah Scott speak with Communications Specialist Chasity Anderson:

Chasity Anderson

Cake and ice cream will be served when the doors open at 5:30.  The business portion will get underway at 7:00 in the Gary Dickinson Performing Arts Center at the Chillicothe High School.

“We’re going to cake and ice cream and punch.  Kind of birthday party atmosphere to celebrate the 75th anniversary, the mile marker.  It’s a big one; a lot of businesses don’t make it that long,” said Anderson, “So we’re definitely pulling out all the stops and having all the balloons, and cake and ice cream and punch, and we’ve got special prizes this year.  Just a whole lot of stuff going on.”

Everyone who gets their electricity with the Coop is invited to attend.

Press Release from Farmers’ Electric Cooperative, Inc.

Farmers’ Electric Cooperative will celebrate 75 years of providing electric service at the Annual Meeting June 4, held at the Gary Dickinson Performing Arts Center within the Chillicothe High School, just west of Highway 65 on Route 190. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for member registration. Cake, ice cream, and punch will be served to help mark the milestone event. The business meeting begins at 7:00 p.m., with a report on the state of the Co-op and the election of a representative to the Board of Directors for District 6 (Linn County). In addition, Jim McCarty, director of communications and printing for the Association of the Missouri Electric Cooperatives and editor of Rural Missouri magazine, will address the gathering with an entertaining overview of the history of cooperatives.

Door prize drawings will occur at the conclusion of the event, with dozens of prizes to be awarded including ten $75 bill credits and a grand prize choice of a Maytag dishwasher, a laptop computer, or a 50” television. A registration gift bucket with CFL bulbs, travel mugs, and electrical safety/efficiency information will be passed out to members in attendance. There will be a kids’ fun zone open during the meeting, which includes entertainment and games for kids, ages three and up. There will be a kids-only drawing for those children present; two electric scooters will be given away. Members are asked to bring their registration cards, which can be found in the June issue of Rural Missouri.

Farmers’ Electric Cooperative was formed in 1938 and funded through the Rural Electrification Administration, part of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s efforts to pull the U.S. out of the Great Depression, provide electric service and stimulate the economy, particularly in rural areas which lacked many modern conveniences.