Ava Greenan, Mountain View Birch Tree FFA President, lead the attendees in the Pledge of Allegiance; Brady Walton, Willow Springs, entertained the crowd with country hits and classics.

The 85th Annual Meeting of Howell-Oregon Electric Cooperative was held Friday, May 3, 2024. The meeting was held at the West Plains Civic Center and 1,100 people attended the meeting.

Hamburgers and hotdogs with chips and drinks were available and kids enjoyed the inflatable slides and obstacle course. Peace Valley Telephone and GigFire were available to talk with members about internet services. Ozarks Healthcare offered blood pressure checks and distributed health information and Ozark Action was available to talk about home energy savings. Sho-Me Power Cooperative and Associated Electric Cooperative had displays explaining energy efficiency and power generation.

Brady Walton, Willow Springs native, entertained the crowd with music including many country hits and favorites.

During the meeting, committee members gave their reports, as did CEO/General Manager, Dan Singletary. Individuals elected to the Board of Directors were Garel Montgomery, District 1; Brandon Huffman, District 2; John Plummer, District 3; and Scott Mahan, District 4.
The following is a list of cooperative members who won prizes during the meeting:

$50 Gift Card for Hirsch Farm and Feed - Jerry Deshazo, West Plains
$25 Gift Certificate to Right Off the Bat Cards and Collectibles - Charlie Roberts
Gift certificate for a 1 day Float Trip for Two (Carr's Canoe Rental) - Kathy Bentzel, Alton
Bicycle - Waymon McGhee
$25 Gift card for Wal-Mart - Brian W Schnurbusch, West Plains
Potted Plant - Russell Kargel, Mountain View
45-quart Pelican Cooler - Logan C McGhee, West Plains
Bicycle - Audie McGhee
$50 Cabela Gift Card - Judy Turner, Willow Springs
Perception 9.5' Kayak with Paddle - Arthur C Hoover, Cabool
Klein Rechargeable Flashlight - Keeley C Richards, Thayer
Bicycle - Aiyana Boyett
Samsung Tablet - Greta McKinney
Overnight Stay at Echo Bluff State Park w/food allowance - Danny Warren, Dora
$50 Colton's Gift Certificate - Trevor S Macy, West Plains
Bicycle - Tucker McMahan
$50 Bass Pro Shop Gift Card - Dwayne Cobb, West Plains
Golf Balls - Paul G Collins, Willow Springs
Potted Plant - Doug Brotherton, West Plains
Bicycle - Grayson McMahan
Silver Dollar City Passes for 4 - Rodger D Karr, Summersville
Stihl Battery Operated Pruner - Carl Huck, West Plains
Vizio 40" TV - Glen Frazier, Dora
Golf Balls - Joey A Barbrow, West Plains
Bicycle - Isabella Boyett
$85 HOEC Account Credit - Norman J Henry, Mountain View
$50 Gift Card from Hirsch Farm and Feed - David R Wehmer, Willow Springs
Quail Hunt for 2 at Ozark Wings - Albert E Bauer Jr, West Plains
Pelonius Humidifier - Eddie Guy, West Plains
$50 Amazon Gift Card - Lonnie L Jackson, Pomona
$25 Gift Certificate to Right Off the Bat Cards and Collectibles - Junior Glenn
$85 HOEC Account Credit - Charles Cheek, Mountain View
Utility Cart - David Grant, Willow Springs
$85 HOEC Account Credit - Dennis E Langston, Caulfield
Soft Side Cooler - Jack Wester, Birch Tree
$85 HOEC Account Credit - Norman D Drew, Willow Springs
$25 Amazon Gift Card - Evans Plumbing, West Plains
Potted Plant - Terri A Hufford, Springfield
Adirondack Rocking Chair - David L Bailey, West Plains
Potted Plant - Carroll C Randolph, Alton
Springfield Cardinals Season Tickets - Robert Vaughn, Willow Springs
Crisp Cook Digital Air Fryer - Jessie L York, West Plains
$85 HOEC Account Credit - Brenda A Peoples, West Plains
Potted Plant - David R Shoupe, Dora
Apple iPad - Kody Ford
Nintendo Switch Lite - Jacob Brotherton
Apple Air Pod Pro Ear Buds - Jase Brotherton
Yeti Tumbler - Leon de Koning, Pottersville
RTIC Hard Side Cooler - Franklin N Alford, Alton
Stihl Battery Powered Weed Eater - Janice K Williams, Alton
Yeti Tumbler - Freeda Evans, Caulfield
Altec Model Scale Truck - Blakely Shaw
$200 Gift Card for Hirsch Farm and Feed - James N Brill, West Plains
Puma Professional Air Compressor - James W Mullins, Alton