Record Attendance at the 2017 Annual Meeting
A crowd exceeding 6,000 persons made their way on April 20 to Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative's Pickens equipment facility for the utility's 77th annual meeting of members. In all, 2,816 members registered for the event.
A blend of Gospel and Bluegrass music provided the entertainment for the evening. Prior to the business meeting, The Sweet Potato Pie Kids, Tugalo Holler, and The Sheltons all performed. Later in the program, The Primitive Quartet served as the meeting's headline act.
South Carolina Lieutenant Governor Kevin Bryant helped to kick off the business session by leading in the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag and then delivered some remarks. During his report, then Blue Ridge President and CEO Charles Dalton discussed scheduled major improvements to the cooperative's system that were part of a new engineering work plan. In particular, he cited a new substation that was under development in Anderson County, along with other substations that were on the drawing boards.
The president also noted that the cooperative had seen a considerable increase in new commercial and industrial electric load on its lines. He said the larger volume of kilowatt-hour sales to these C&I establishments would have a favorable impact on all Blue Ridge members.
At district meetings held in early March, three incumbent co-op directors, Len Talley (Oconee), William Elrod (Pickens), and Ben Bolt (Anderson), had been nominated for new three-year terms. The assembled members at the annual meeting then voted to reelect all three by acclamation to the cooperative's board.
In addition to a door prize presented to each Blue Ridge member who registered for the meeting, other valuable items were also given away in subsequent random drawings. The grand prize, a 2007 Ford F-150 pickup, was claimed by lucky ticket-holder Martha Wardlaw of Pickens.