2014 TRI-COUNTY ELECTRIC ANNUAL MEETING
Nearly 1000 people participated in Tri-County Electric’s Annual Members Meeting on Thursday, May 1, 2014 at Red Boiling Springs High School in Red Boiling Springs, Tennessee.
After Jack Osgatharp, Director of District R, welcomed everyone to the meeting, the Lafayette Boy Scouts presented the flag and led the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance. Stephanie Meador sang a beautiful rendition of our National Anthem followed by the Invocation from David Burton, Elder at Red Boiling Springs Church of Christ. Paul Thompson, Executive Vice-President and General Manager of Tri-County Electric, introduced business and political leaders, including State Representative Kelly Keisling, as well as TVA and other Tri-County Electric partners. David Callis, Executive Vice-President and General Manager of the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association, and Bill Corum, President of the Kentucky Association of Electric Cooperatives, addressed the members during the business meeting.
Executive Vice President and General Manager Paul Thompson thanked the members for their attendance and support of Tri-County Electric. He showed a short video highlighting what electric cooperatives have meant to rural America; asked for member support against the EPA’s push to eliminate coal as a source of generating electricity; reported on Tri-County Electric’s strong financial position and the fact that as a local member-owned cooperative the revenue generated is reinvested through system upgrades, maintenance and expansions; and remarked on Tri-County Electric’s involvement throughout our service area in many areas including economic development, school based programs and local civic organizations.
Many members took advantage of free blood pressure checks and information provided by Pam Deck from Macon County General Hospital and information booths were also set-up by TVA and the UK Cooperative Extension Service. Denny Whalen and Robert & Beth Hollingsworth were very popular and busy; Denny as the Caricaturist and Robert airbrushing names on the free T-shirts given to children.
Tri-County Electric provided information on our products and services and members could also take bucket truck rides and observe the safety demonstration.
Numerous door prizes were awarded during the evening’s activities, including the Grand Prize 2008 Ford F-150 4x4 pickup won by member-owner Krissy Garrison of Westmoreland, Tennessee. Tri-County Electric’s logo was displayed on the outdoor bag chair with carry strap given to members at registration and, as mentioned earlier, each child was given a Tri-County Electric T-shirt. Free refreshments were provided for everyone. Principal Don Jones was very kind in allowing Tri-County Electric to utilize the school facilities. Special thanks to Angela England for ordering, Abby Crowe and Daphne Ferguson for preparing and the RBSHS Music Class for serving the refreshments and custodians Danny McCaleb and Jason Greanead for all of their assistance!
Julie Clement of Lafayette, Tennessee was the winner of the $100 drawing to begin the meeting and Linda Paull of Tompkinsville, Kentucky was the $100 winner of the action.coop drawing. Kaytie Clark and Maranda Lancaster both won iPads. Kaytie is a kindergarten student at Red Boiling Springs Elementary School in Red Boiling Springs, Tennessee and Maranda attends Macon County Junior High School in Lafayette, Tennessee. Both schools will be given $500 “Technology Grants” from Tri-County Electric as a result of Kaytie and Maranda winning.
As required by the TCEMC bylaws, a meeting of the Board of Directors was held immediately following the Annual Meeting. Officers elected were President, Mike Miller, District S; Vice-President, Bret Carver, District B; Secretary-Treasurer, Ray Goad, District L.