Annual Meeting is a big event

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Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative welcomed a crowd estimated to be in excess of 6,000 on Thursday evening for its 2019 Annual Meeting of Members.  At this 79th version of the yearly event, 3,009 members were registered.  The meeting was conducted at the cooperative’s Pickens equipment facility.

Three musical groups, Conservation Theory, the Sweet Potato Pie Kids, and the Zion Quartet provided entertainment prior to the business meeting.  During the business session itself, Blue Ridge President and CEO Jim Lovinggood reported that the cooperative had produced a solid financial performance in 2018, earning margins of $7.5 million.  The CEO also highlighted the previous year’s successes in adding more commercial and industrial electrical loads to the cooperative’s system.  He further cited major physical improvements that had been made to the utility’s 7,000-mile network of power lines.

2019 Annual Meeting

Sugar Babe finds drive-through registration at Blue Ridge Electric's 2019 Annual Meeting is sweet indeed.
He came through with Wilma Kelly and her son, Robert Kelly.  Registering them is Blue Ridge's Haley Troyer.

 

When registering for the meeting, members also cast paper ballots in a contest for a seat on the Blue Ridge board of directors.  The final count revealed that incumbent Pickens County director Spencer Dalton had been elected to another three-year term with 1,007 votes, with challenger Jason Dennis receiving a vote total of 941.  In addition, incumbents Kenneth Southerlin of the Greenville-Spartanburg District and the Oconee County District’s Joel Davis were returned to office without opposition.

To wrap up the occasion, the Chuck Wagon Gang performed a full concert of their Gospel Music favorites for the audience.  Every registered member received a door prize, and they and their families also were involved in drawings for dozens of other prizes.  Khristie Tate of Easley held the winning ticket for the grand prize, a 2008 Chevy Silverado 4X4 Pickup, and Julia Lance won the $500 bill credit.