Approximately 300 people participated in Tri-County Electric’s Annual Members Meeting, May 6, at Westmoreland High School in Westmoreland.
Tony Bentle, Director of District W and Board President, welcomed everyone to the meeting. Paul Thompson, Executive Vice-President and General Manager of Tri-County Electric, introduced business and political leaders as well as other TCEMC partners. During the business meeting Tom Purkey, 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 his report, Executive Vice President and General Manager Paul Thompson thanked the members for their attendance and support of Tri-County Electric. He focused on the theme of this year’s Annual Meeting - “Your Link to the Future” – by specifically mentioning Tri-County Electric initiatives such as the state of the art Mapping System and the new Outage Management System; he also pointed out Tri-County Electric’s leadership among electric cooperatives in advancing new technologies . Thompson also reported 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. In closing, Thompson remarked on Tri-County Electric’s involvement throughout our service area in many areas including economic development, scholarship programs and local civic organizations and stated Tri-County Electric’s commitment “to following the cooperative business model of putting our member-owners first in everything we do while maintaining our primary focus of delivering high-quality, reliable and affordable service”.
Many members took advantage of free blood pressure checks and information provided by Hope Family Heath Services (Hope Clinic) and information booths were also set-up by TVA and GenerLink. Denny Whalen and Robert 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 $500 cash won by member-owner Bobby White of Scottsville, Kentucky. Tri-County Electric’s logo was displayed on the umbrellas given to members at registration and, as mentioned earlier, each child was given a Tri-County Electric T-shirt. Free barbecue sandwiches from Uncle Dave’s, chips, cokes and ice cream were provided for everyone. Principal Dewayne Oldham was very kind in allowing Tri-County Electric to utilize the school facilities. Special thanks to Barbara Miller, Cafeteria Director at WHS, for ordering the chips and ice cream and supervising the cafeteria; Wendy Cook and the WHS Cheerleaders for serving the meal; and custodians Diane Mandrell & Penny Calvert for all of their assistance!
Sidney Langford was drawn as the winner of a new Dell computer. Sidney is from Hartsville, Tennessee and is the son of Ritchie and Lora Lee Langford. Tri-County Electric also donated an identical computer to Jim B. Satterfield Middle School where Haley is a student.
As required by the TCEMC bylaws, a meeting of the Board of Directors was held immediately following the Annual Meeting. Officers elected were President, Darace Tabor, District S; Vice-President, Veachel Harlan, District T; Secretary-Treasurer, Ray Goad, District L.