Delano Brown, a director for Cuivre River Electric Cooperative, was honored with the A.C. Burrows Award by the Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives (AMEC) at that organization’s annual meeting Oct. 5 in Branson.
The purpose of the award is to recognize directors and employees of electric cooperatives for outstanding service to their cooperative, community and service areas. Those who received the award were selected because of their leadership above and beyond the call of duty to strengthen and improve the economic and social conditions in their areas.
Brown was elected to the Cuivre River Electric Cooperative Board in August 1971, making him one of the longest-serving directors in the state. He has won election 14 consecutive terms and continues to serve today. He currently serves as a member of the Lincoln Country Farm Bureau and Soil & Water Conservation District boards, and he previously served as a member of both the Lincoln County Water & Sewer District No. 1 Board and Lincoln County Senior Citizens Council.
Delano became a Credentials Cooperative Director in 2008. Economic development has remained a priority for him, as evidenced by the creation of the Cuivre River Electric Service Company and Gateway West Industrial Centre during his time on the board. His dedication to the cooperative’s community outreach efforts are marked by his continued support for the Youth Tour to Washington, D.C., and Operation Round Up. He and his wife, Ernestine, have been married 55 years and live near Winfield.
The award is named for the late Audrian Cleon Burrows of Van Buren, who rose through the ranks to become general manager of the Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives in Jefferson City, which is the statewide service organization for Missouri’s 47 electric cooperatives. Burrows served in this position from 1968 to 1976. He was recognized as an outstanding leader in rural electrification and as a distinguished individual who dedicated his life to helping others.
Cuivre River is the largest member-owned electric cooperative in Missouri, providing dependable electric service to over 60,000 homes and businesses in St. Charles, Lincoln, Warren, Pike and Montgomery counties.