Darby Bucher of Vandalia was recognized as the 2016 Employee of the Year at Midwest Energy Cooperative’s recent employee appreciation event. The award is based on an exemplary display of Midwest’s core values of innovation, integrity, passion and community.

Bucher, a select technician and four-year employee of the co-op, was nominated for his selfless commitment to serving members and supporting colleagues through quiet and humble service and leadership. “Darby is not the kind of guy who waits around for something to be done; he just does it. If he sees someone who needs help, or recognizes a task to be completed, he doesn’t wait for an assignment or request. He rolls up his sleeve and does it,” said Bob Hance, Midwest President/CEO. Midwest made a $125 contribution to Cass County Toys for Tots in honor of Bucher’s award.

During the appreciation festivities, ten employees were recognized for a combined 105 years of service, including Kirk Sander and Mark Vantine (5 years); Robin Albrecht, Betsy Kephart, Lori Ruff, Marty Smego, Cathy Teeter, and Frank Walker (10 years), Glenyce Bentzer (15 years) and Jennifer Gilliam (20 years). Mike Roush was also recognized as a new retiree following a 42-year career with Midwest.