The employee team at Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative has been monitoring the course of the COVID-19 pandemic and it seems clear that the months ahead will continue to challenge each and every one of us with the continued need for social distancing and the avoidance of large group gatherings.
As always, keeping our member-owners and their families and friends safe is a top priority and so after careful deliberation, your board of directors made the decision to change our 2021 Annual Meeting from an in-person event to a real-time, virtual program featuring a mix of live streaming and recorded sessions. We felt it was important to make this decision now in order to assure ample time to plan a stellar meeting in a fully virtual format. Although we are disappointed that we won't be able to see each other in person again on April 10, 2021 in Spencer, our commitment to providing you with the same high quality and engaging annual meeting that you have come to expect, remains the same.
We are already working to develop a virtual program similar to the annual meetings you look forward to every year, which includes a keynote speaker, (Ed Hearn), professional reports and presentations and opportunities to win bill credits. And, just as important, we plan to have some fun!
Your Cooperative will provide you with updates as work progresses on our new virtual format so stay tuned for further information. And, please stay safe and be well! In the meantime, keep your calendars marked for the 2021 Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative Virtual Annual Meeting, Saturday, April 10, at 9 a.m.
2021 Annual Meeting Keynote Speaker
Ed Hearn, former Major League Baseball catcher, played for the New York Mets during their 1986 World Series Championship Season.
In 1986, Ed Hearn fulfilled his childhood dream as a member of the World Champion New York Mets. The following year with the Kansas City Royals, a serious shoulder injury brought a premature end to a promising and brilliant career.
Less than six months after his baseball career ended, he was diagnosed with three potentially life-threatening health conditions.
Today, after three life-saving kidney transplants, years of dialysis, several bouts with cancer, radiation treatments, the aid of a breathing machine each night, a costly IV treatment once a month, and up to 40 pills per day, Ed has come back to live a life that is truly an inspiration.
As the author of "Conquering Life's Curves - Baseball, Battles & Beyond," Ed has appeared on numerous national television programs including The Oprah Winfrey Show, The 700 Club and ESPN. He is founder of The Bottom of the Ninth, a Kansas nonprofit corporation dedicated to the mission of rebuilding the spirit and character of this nation. Ed will be available during the virtual annual meeting to answer questions.