80th Annual Meeting to be held April 22, 2017

April 11, 2017


Umatilla Electric Cooperative’s 80th Annual Meeting & Membership Dinner will be held Saturday, April 22, 2017, beginning at 5 p.m. at the Hermiston Conference Center.

The event is free and open to UEC members and guests. The business meeting includes financial and operational information for calendar year 2016. Three board directors will be seated to three-year terms. Board seats up for election are:

District 5 (Echo area): Incumbent Glenn Rohde, who is running unopposed.

District 6 (Pendleton/Pilot Rock area): Incumbent RoseEtta Ansotegui and candidate Steve Platt.

District 7 (Hermiston area): Incumbent John Otis and candidates Gene Snyder and Jim Voss.

The after-dinner guest speaker, Bob Welch of Eugene, is an author, award-winning columnist and teacher who has keynoted conferences, workshops and retreats across the U.S. He will speak about lessons learned while hiking the Pacific Crest Trail.

The Annual Meeting is also a celebration of the cooperative, founded in 1937, which is commemorating 80 years of service to its members and the community. A catered dinner, door prizes and member gifts are included in the event. Frank Carlson, a Baker City musician, will perform before the meeting and during dinner.

Door prizes include a 60-inch Samsung TV, Pendleton Woolen Mills blankets, Amazon Echo, Traeger grill, smart thermostat, gift baskets, rodeo box seats and more.

More about Bob Welch:

Bob Welch of Eugene, Ore., is a speaker, author, award-winning columnist and teacher.

As head of Pebble in the Water Inspiration, Welch has keynoted conferences, workshops and retreats across America, tugging at hearts, tickling funny bones, and inspiring people to be ripples on life’s waters.

Among his speaking highlights was being asked to keynote the dedication ceremony at the Massachusetts Statehouse for a plaque honoring WWII nurse Frances Slanger. It was Welch’s book about Slanger, American Nightingale, that convinced legislators to honor the Boston nurse.

A storyteller by nature, Welch mines much of his speaking fodder from the 21 books he’s authored and the nearly 2,000 columns he’s written for The Register-Guard, Oregon’s second-largest newspaper, since 1999. He has twice won the National Society of Newspaper Columnists’ highest award for writing.

San Diego author Mike Yorkey calls Welch “the most eclectic writer in America” because the Oregon author has written World War II and children’s books, hiking books and collections of columns, books inspired by his favorite movies and plays and books about fathers and sons, sports and military nurses.

His book about a heroic World War II nurse, American Nightingale (Atria Books, 2004), was featured on ABC’s “Good Morning America” and was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award. A follow-up book, Pebble in the Water (AO Creative, 2008), amplifies the author’s American Nightingale experience from an idea written on a Wendy’s napkin to the four years it took before the book was published.

He and his wife, Sally, live in Eugene, where he is an associate editor at The Register-Guard and a former adjunct professor of journalism at the University of Oregon.

Visit www.bobwelch.net for more information about Welch.