2019 Annual Meeting
GVEC held its Annual Meeting June 28 at the Gonzales High School Special Events Center. In all, 1,338 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.
GVEC Board President Lewis Borgfeld called the business meeting to order at 7 p.m. Board Vice President Melvin E. Strey delivered the invocation.
Next on the agenda came the election of District Directors. The members reelected four incumbent directors to additional three-year terms: Robert J. Werner will serve as District 1 Director; Shawn Martinez will serve as District 4 Director; Melvin E. Strey will serve as District 7 Director; and Don Williams will serve as District 10 Director.
The 2019 Annual Meeting Video, titled Carving Our Own Path, presented an overview of projects and initiatives taken on in 2018. Solar power growth and options, GVEC.net’s growing fiber network, and GVEC Home’s evolution into offering electrician services were highlighted.
Other Topics Discussed:
- The Rush Hour Rewards® demand response program, designed to reduce overall energy usage during peak demand periods and stabilize transmission rates
- Convenient On-Bill Financing program, offering zero-percent financing for up to five years on purchases of at least $1,000 to qualified members; finalization of financing options for members and non-members through GreenSky®
- The success of the first GVEC Gives Back Day, featuring a Color Fun Run/Walk that raised $23,000 benefiting the Guadalupe County Children’s Advocacy Center and the Gonzales Regional Children’s Advocacy Center
- Completion of GVEC’s first E-Rate project with Stockdale ISD in 2018, providing discounted 500 Mbps Fiber connection to the district through the FCC program
- Community initiatives, economic development activities and the 2018 financial report
2019 Public Service Awards
A special presentation of GVEC’s Public Service Awards (PSA) also took place during the evening. 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.
Elaine Stephens received the individual PSA for her extensive community service and volunteer work in La Vernia. Mrs. Stephens has served on the boards of numerous local organizations, including the La Vernia Lion’s Club, the Wilson County Historical Society, the Greater La Vernia Chamber of Commerce and the La Vernia Historical Association to name a few. She accepted her award with husband Ronny alongside her.
The second PSA was awarded to Pioneer Village of Gonzales. The living history center was established in 1980 by a small group of people interested in preserving historical homes in Gonzales County. They now own and maintain 11 houses and buildings from the 1800s and early 1900s and host daily tours and demonstrations for over 1,000 visitors and students each year. Butter-making, blacksmithing and farming are a few of the demonstrations guests see when visiting this living museum.