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Polk-Burnett General Manager Steve Stroshane


Members, we look forward to seeing you June 14!

by General Manager Steve Stroshane, left, and Board President Ed Gullickson, above between Steve Stroshane and Solar Sam at last year's meeting

Polk-Burnett Electric Cooperative will hold its 86th Annual Meeting and Member Appreciation Day Friday, June 14, at the co-op in Centuria, 1001 State Road 35. Our Member Appreciation lunch begins at 11 a.m., followed by the Annual Meeting at 1:30 p.m. It's the perfect time to have fun, meet co-op directors and employees, and learn about your co-op membership. All Polk-Burnett members are encouraged to attend. The Annual Meeting and member participation are essential to the co-op business model.

Member Appreciation Open House

Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. with BBQ pulled pork sandwiches from Hog Wild and root beer floats served by co-op directors and employees. All members who attend will be entered into drawings for ten $50 electric bill credits and three electric yard tools. The co-op will award an additional $50 bill credit to a member who’s attending the annual meeting for the first time. This year’s appreciation gift is an ice-cream spade, and the first 150 children will receive a $5 DQ card.

Open house guests can see Polk-Burnett’s electric Ford F-150 Lightning and learn about the co-op’s solar developments. SunTuria Solar in Centuria was energized in 2017 and is the area’s first utility-scale solar. The new Georgetown Solar array was energized outside Balsam Lake in December 2023.

Kids are invited to take a bucket truck ride with co-op lineworkers, meet our Solar Sam mascot and try on safety gear at a selfie station. The event will also have mini hard hats and activity books for young guests, along with music and corn hole games for all.

86th Annual Meeting

The Annual Meeting begins at 1:30 p.m. The agenda includes a cooperative performance report by the two of us, Polk-Burnett General Manager Steve Stroshane and Board President Ed Gullickson. We'll share updates on reliability and system improvements, co-op financials, technology and innovation, and community engagement.

Results of the 2024 board election in districts 7, 8 and 9 will be announced, and the meeting will conclude with a Q&A member forum, where you can submit questions and comments to us and other co-op leaders.

All members who stay for the meeting will be entered into the Annual Meeting attendance prize drawing for ten $50 electric bill credits.

We look forward to gathering with you to share our appreciation and visit with you. Our co-op was established in 1938 with lines, poles and the notion that we all prosper by helping each other. Today, our cooperative spirit continues. We hope you’ll join us Friday, June 14, for our 86th Annual Meeting.

Annual Meeting guests are asked to enter Polk-Burnett on the north side of the building. All activities take place in the garage and outside. Doors open for registration and lunch at 11 a.m. If you’re coming for just the meeting at 1:30 p.m., please arrive about 15 minutes early to register and find a seat. Thank you.

Meeting highlights, election results and a list of drawing winners will be shared in the cooperative’s Powerlines newsletter and on later this summer.