HAYS — Sunflower Electric Power Corporation held its 60th annual meeting on May 19 in Dighton. The board of directors elected officers and received the annual report of the Corporation, which is available on the Sunflower website.
Stuart Lowry, Sunflower’s president and chief executive officer, discussed the corporation’s activities for the past year, along with future initiatives.
Following the board meeting, an organizational meeting was conducted by the board to elect leadership for the coming year.
Wes Campbell, a representative of Wheatland Electric Cooperative Inc., headquartered in Scott City, was elected chairman of the board of directors. Campbell replaced Chairman Charles McK. Ayers, also of Wheatland, who retired after serving 17 years on the Sunflower board of directors.
Kenny Wehkamp, a representative of The Victory Electric Cooperative Association Inc., headquartered in Dodge City, was elected vice chairman.
“We appreciate Charles Ayers’ many years of service to electric cooperative members, both at Wheatland and those served by Sunflower’s members across western Kansas. He epitomizes what it means to put community before self,” Lowry said.
The board also re-elected Davis Rooney, Sunflower vice president and chief financial officer, as treasurer, and Mark Calcara of Watkins, Calcara Chtd. as secretary.
“Just as it happens at each of our member distribution cooperatives, each year the Sunflower board holds an election for leadership. Much thought and consideration go into this annual event, which is the foundation of the cooperative business model,” Lowry said. “Democratic member control is an important cooperative difference which, along with the six other principles, helps ensure that all decisions are made in the best interest of Sunflower’s six members and the thousands of Kansans they serve.”