Article IX. Unclaimed Funds of Members

Any provisions contained herein to the contrary notwithstanding and pursuant to the applicable statutes of the State of Indiana, the Cooperative shall recover any capital credits, patronage refunds, utility deposits, membership fees, account balances, or book equity which remain unclaimed for a period of 2 years following attempted payment by the Cooperative to the member or former member entitled thereto.

Prior to the recovery of such unclaimed funds, the Cooperative shall give public notice, in a newspaper published in the county in which the present or former member's premises are or were being served by the Cooperative, of the name of each member or former member entitled to claim such funds, the approximate amount thereof, and the fact that, if not duly claimed at the office of the Cooperative within 60 days of the notice, such funds shall be forfeited to the Cooperative and reallocated for distribution among the other members of the Cooperative. Thereafter, any such unclaimed funds shall be allocated on a pro rata basis among the members of the Cooperative as of the year in which the 60th day falls following publication of the above described notice.

All unclaimed funds recovered by the Cooperative and reallocated as set forth hereinabove shall be considered an irrevocable assignment and gift to the Cooperative of such funds by the member formerly entitled thereto.

Nothing contained in this section shall be construed to prohibit the Cooperative from crediting any of the above described funds against any amounts owed by the member or former member to the Cooperative prior to any payment to such member or any allocation in favor of other members.