To say that life has looked a little different over the past couple of months would be quite the understatement. The impact of COVID-19 has changed our daily lives in many respects and will be felt for quite some time. Hendricks Power Cooperative has also faced its challenges, as our foundation is built upon our community, our friends, and our neighbors. We have taken many steps to ensure the safety of our employees and members and have implemented many additional practices to help those in need.
As summer approaches, we want to remind you of our upcoming Annual Meeting. As a member-owner of our cooperative, you have a voice. Through our democratic process, you have the right to vote for your board of directors at our Annual Meeting. Our directors make decisions on your behalf, so we ask that you stay engaged and cast your vote this summer. All voters will receive a $10 bill credit applied to their account and a chance to win one of five (5) $500 bill credits.
In order to provide our members a safe way to vote, we will be offering drive-through voting at our office, Monday, July 20th through Thursday, July 23. See full times below.
Monday, July 20th: 9 am - 4 pm
Tuesday, July 21st: 9 am - 6 pm
Wednesday, July 22nd: 9 am - 6 pm
Thursday, July 23: 9 am - 3 pm
Voting will also be available at the 4-H Showcase Exhibit for those participating Monday, July 20th - Thursday, July 23 from 10 am to 3 pm.
As you vote, feel free to bring your questions regarding billing options, energy efficiency, electrical safety, or any other concerns. We hope that you feel at ease as we welcome your comments and conversation.
Although these times may be trying, our mission remains: “Hendricks Power Cooperative exists to provide energy and other services to our members and community.” We stand true to our core and remain committed to serving our members. We look forward to your participation and safely seeing you this summer.
Here are some of the things you can expect at this year's annual meeting:
> Board of Directors Elections
Have your voice heard and vote for board members in areas 4,5, and 6. You may vote at the HPC office at 86 N County Road 500 E Avon, 46123 or at the 4-H Showcase Exhibit, if you are participating. Each voter will receive a $10 bill credit.
Must be 18 to vote, one vote per household. See candidates below.
> Bill Credits and Drawings
Voting members will receive a $10 bill credit and will also be entered to win one of five (5) $500 grand prize energy credits that will be announced at the Business Meeting. Winners will be notified by phone.
> Business Meeting
Join us for cooperative updates and board election results Thursday, July 23rd at 3:30 pm in the Hendricks Power Expo Hall at the Hendricks County 4-H Fairgrounds. We will also be streaming the meeting online on our Facebook and Youtube channel. Winners for the five $500 bill credits will also be announced, but do not need to be present to win.
This year, areas 4, 5, and 6 are up for election. Find candidate bios below! Be sure to come out and vote at our annual meeting.
INCUMBENT, AREA 4
Hal Truax is the incumbent director seeking re-election in Area Four. He is a lifetime resident of Middle Township and a graduate of Pittsboro High School. Truax has completed the Purdue University agriculture short course, the Lincoln Technical Institute automotive diesel course and Indiana Agriculture Leadership Program. He has also completed all the electric cooperative director certification programs. Truax owns and operates a no-till cover crop diversified farm with his son Ethan. He has been a member since 1984, serving on the board of directors for over 28 years. He also represents Hendricks Power on the Wabash Valley Power Association board of directors. He was a charter member and past director of Indiana Sustainable Agriculture and past supervisor of Hendricks County Soil and Water Conservation district. He was on the steering committee for Leadership Hendricks County and has served as president of Hendricks County Farm Bureau. He is currently on the Youth Council of Hendricks County Extension and is a member of Bartlett Chapel United Methodist Church, where he serves as treasurer and on the mission committee. Hal and his wife Susan are 4-H leaders in Middle Township for 30 years. They have three children and 2 grandchildren.
AREA 4, CANDIDATE
Nate Mendenhall is a lifelong resident of Hendricks County, growing up on U.S. 36, west of New Winchester. He is the son of Jay and Karen Mendenhall and has three sisters. He resides in the Lizton area with his high school sweetheart and wife of 20 years, Katrina Mendenhall. They have two amazing kids, Peyton and Reece. Nate is a 1996 graduate of Danville Community School Corporation. He then attended American Trans Air Aviation Training Academy, and graduated with an Associates Degree in Applied Science.
Mendenhall works full time for the Indianapolis Colts as a corporate aircraft mechanic. He also operates a lawncare & snow removal business, as well as taking over the everyday operations on his family farm, growing corn and soybeans. While he works a lot, he enjoys boating and camping with his family, and helping his kids with their 4-H projects, including swine.
He enjoys meeting new people and learning new things. He currently serves on the Union Township Advisory Board as treasurer, as well as on the advisory board for the Vincennes Aviation Technology Center. Mendenhall and his family are members and regular attenders at Your Venture Church in Lizton where Nate had the privilege and honor to baptize his son Reece. They all enjoy serving at the church.
He loves new challenges, his family, his church, his career, has a passion for excellence, and attention to detail. He’s excited to learn the daily workings of the power cooperative and to further serve his community!
INCUMBENT, AREA 5
Marshall Hurst is the incumbent director seeking re-election in Area Five. A native of the Belle Union area, Hurst graduated from South Putnam High School and then moved to Hendricks County in 1977. He has been a member of the co-op for over 33 years, serving on the board of directors since 1998. Hurst is involved in the agricultural community and grows corn, soybeans and wheat. He was named Hendricks County Soil and Water Conservation Farmer of the Year in 1995. Hurst has two children and four grandchildren. He and his family are members of the Coatesville Christian Church.
AREA 5, CANDIDATE
David Thomas is a lifelong resident of Hendricks County and a 1980 graduate of Cascade High School. He and his wife Debbie currently reside in the New Winchester Area and have been Hendricks Power members for over 35 years. David recently retired from the Kroger Co. after 42 years of service in which he began as a part-time bagger at the Store in Plainfield. During his career he served in various roles including clerk, store management, District Management, and Division Retail Operations Manager which encompassed 140 stores in Indiana and surrounding states. During his career David was twice awarded the Kroger President’s Award which is awarded annually to an associate who best models the Company’s Core Values of Integrity, Honesty, Diversity, Inclusion, Safety, and Respect.
David’s involvement in the community include Hendricks County 4-H, Hendricks County Community Foundation, and Sheltering Wings. David also serves as an Elder at the Jamestown Church of Christ. David looks forward to further serving his community and the members of Hendricks Power Cooperative.
INCUMBENT, AREA 6
Keith Cooper graduated from Ben Davis High School and earned his Bachelor of Science in Agronomy from Purdue University. Cooper farms approximately 2,000 acres of land raising corn, soybeans and wheat. He also raises Black Angus cattle. Cooper has been a member of the cooperative since 1998 and was elected to the Board of Directors in 2005. Cooper also served on the Hendricks County Fair Board from 1992 until 2003. He and his wife, Tammy, live west of Danville, near Amo. They have two children and two grand-children.