GVEC held its 2018 Annual Meeting June 22 at the Gonzales High School Special Events Center. In all, 942 members participated either in person or by proxy.

Registration began at 5:30 p.m. While members waited for the business meeting, they enjoyed refreshments, chili dogs and listened to The O’Neal Brothers Band. They also browsed exhibit booths by GVEC Home and GVEC.net.

At 7 p.m., GVEC Board President Lewis Borgfeld called the business meeting to order. Board Vice President Melvin E. Strey delivered the invocation.

Next on the agenda came the election of District Directors. The members reelected three incumbent directors to additional three-year terms: Henry C. Schmidt, Jr. will serve as District 3 Director; Joe A. Castilleja will serve as District 6 Director; and David Warzecha will serve as District 11 Director. The membership also elected Mr. Gary Birdwell to a three-year term in replacement of retiring District 9 Director Dr. Tom DeKunder.

This year’s video reports to the membership, titled Resilient. Diversified. Strong., underscored the evening’s themes. Hurricane Harvey’s impact on GVEC and its membership figured prominently into the presentation.

Other topics discussed included:

  • A memorial to D’Metra Strait and Neal Barfield, two GVEC employees whose unexpected deaths brought the GVEC employee family closer in 2017
  • The completion of over 20 miles of core network fiber infrastructure in 2017, helping extend an already reliable, resilient electric grid, while laying groundwork for future fiber internet expansion
  • GVEC’s continued push to grow beyond electric delivery through the expansion of internet, beyond the meter, and other products and services
  • GVEC’s $10 million investment in 2017 to expand high-speed Fiber to the Home internet, adding 5,000 additional passings, for a total of 8,000, with another 4,000 coming in 2018
  • Community initiatives, economic development activities and the 2017 financial report

The presentation of GVEC’s Public Service Awards (PSA) provided some of the evening’s most special moments. The tradition began in 1986 to recognize people, businesses and organizations who have delivered consistent, unselfish and considerable service to people around them and their communities.

Joe Adams received 2018’s individual PSA for his long public service in Cuero. For over three decades, Mr. Adams has served on the boards of numerous local organizations, including the Cuero ISD Education Foundation, the Cuero Youth Livestock Show Association, the Brahma Breeder Association and the Go Texas Committee. He has also donated his talents as an auctioneer to numerous worthwhile organizations. He accepted alongside Cindy, his wife of 35 years.

Joe Adams is presented with GVEC's Public Service Award for 2018

Joe Adams of Cuero receives the 2018 GVEC Public Service Award for an individual for his service to community and the impact he has made on his community’s residents, businesses and projects. From left: GVEC Board President Lewis Borgfeld, Joe Adams, and GVEC General Manager and CEO Darren Schauer.


The second PSA went to the Wade Busby Memorial (WBM), founded in 2005 following the untimely death of its namesake. Thanks to the persistence of a core group of volunteers, including Mark Cerda, Busby’s best friend, the WBM has enjoyed remarkable growth during its 13 years. It has empowered thousands of local students to pursue careers in agriculture—the lifeblood of GVEC’s rural service area.

The Wade Busby Memorial is presented with GVEC's Public Service Award for 2018

The Wade Busby Memorial (WBM) receives the 2018 GVEC Public Service Award for an organization. GVEC selected WBM as the 2018 organization PSA winner for its huge impact in promoting and expanding agricultural education in Guadalupe County—the very lifeblood of GVEC’s rural service area. From left: GVEC Board Secretary/Treasurer Don Williams, GVEC Board Vice President Melvin E. Strey, Wade Busby Memorial Board Member Mark Cerda, Wade Busby Memorial Board Member Laurie Leach, GVEC General Manager and CEO Darren Schauer, Wade’s Mother Darlene Busby, and GVEC Board President Lewis Borgfeld.


Members can view the Annual Report as well as the video presentation on our Annual Meeting page.

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