Successful Annual Meeting
Because of the COVID pandemic, Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative once again this year conducted its annual meeting of members by utilizing a drive-through registration procedure. This process replaced the traditional meeting format that, until last year, had seen several thousand members and guests gather together at the power supplier’s Pickens equipment facility. The cooperative’s management determined that the pandemic had not yet reached a stage wherein it would be safe to host that many persons in such close quarters.
Blue Ridge members could select one of two days—April 21 or 22—to drive their vehicles to either the cooperative’s Oconee or Pickens office in order to complete their registration. During that time, each member would receive and mark a ballot to indicate their candidate of choice in the contest for a seat on the utility’s board of directors. After that, they could be on their way.
Immediately after registration had closed at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 22, Blue Ridge President and CEO Jim Lovinggood delivered his yearly management report by way of the internet. That report is still available for viewing here.
The official ballot count certified that incumbent trustee Frank Looper had defeated challenger Jason Ambrose Dennis with a vote tally of 3,230 to 2,706 for one of the Pickens County board seats. Reelected without opposition to new three-year terms were incumbent directors Mendel Stone of Oconee County and Pickens County’s Jimmy Lee Dodgens.
Total members registered for the meeting numbered 6,831. Random drawings were conducted for an array of prizes that were given away. The winning ticket for the grand prize, a 2013 Chevy Silverado pickup, belonged to Mrs. Luther Parker of Seneca S.C. A list of prize winners can be found here.