2018 Annual Membership Meeting
It was perfect weather that greeted the crowd who attended the 80th Annual Membership Meeting of South Kentucky RECC held on Thursday, June 7 at the Somerset headquarters. More than 1,700 members registered.
As always, South Kentucky RECC members line up to get their bucket with light bulbs. This year, the co-op included two LED bulbs.
South Kentucky CEO Dennis Holt announced to the membership that there was no rate increase expected this year, as well as touched on the highlights of what the co-op is doing.
Colors were presented by the American Legion Post 38, while local, recent American Idol contestant Michaela Reed sang the National Anthem. The crowd was then led in the Pledge of Allegiance.
County music group Parmalee fired up the crowd with their hits, including “Carolina.”
There were more than 40 educational and informative exhibits for those in attendance to visit, including health booths, civic organizations, businesses and many others.
For the second year South Kentucky RECC offered a feature called Quick Pass. If members wanted to register and receive their bucket and LED light bulbs, but not attend the entire meeting, they could drive through without having to leave their vehicle. It was very successful with nearly 900 taking advantage of its ease.
Attendees were treated to gospel music earlier in the evening from local gospel group Cumberland Thunder.
Featured entertainment was country music group Parmalee, who performed their hits, including: “Carolina,” “Musta Had a Good Time,” and “Sunday Morning.” They played for more than an hour, much to the crowds’ delight, then met with anyone that wanted to stick around after the concert.
In addition, this year’s meeting included the presentation of colors from a color guard from American Legion Post 38. Recent local American Idol contestant Michaela Reed performed the “National Anthem.”
The primary purpose for the Annual Meeting is the business meeting, which started around 7 p.m. The cooperative’s bylaws provide that each year there shall be an Annual Membership Meeting for the presentation of reports from SKRECC officers and leadership.
During his report to the membership, South Kentucky RECC CEO Dennis Holt reported that SKRECC remains committed to controlling expenses while ensuring safe, reliable service, and he announced there will be no rate increase by South Kentucky RECC in 2018, much to the pleasure of the membership in attendance.
Holt also spoke briefly about the co-op’s reliability rate in 2017, which was 99.96% He said this is done safely, as employees have currently worked over 145,000 hours without a lost-time accident, while being accredited through the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association Safety Program.
Holt told the crowd that, in 2017, South Kentucky RECC built electric lines to 991 new services, constructed 30 miles of new electric lines, cleared 787 miles of right-of-way and installed or replaced over 2,000 poles.
Holt touched on the many technological advances that South Kentucky RECC now has in place for the membership. He said the most notable of the advances are the smart meters that are being utilized across the system; the ability to notify the co-op of electric outages by text; web applications that have been put in place that allow members to access their account information and view electric outages; as well as things like software for SKRECC field crews and a drone to assist employees examine areas that are not easily accessible or to pull wire across ravines or gullies.
He also spoke of the Co-op Solar Program that has been put in place, which allows members to have access to solar energy without the hassle, expense and liability of installing an individual system on their home.
And, Holt also talked about the many areas the co-op is involved in to help our communities. Whether it is sending students to Washington, D. C. for the Washington Youth Tour, providing scholarships for seniors in our service territory, or providing grants through the co-op’s People Fund Program, Holt said we strive to be a valuable partner in our communities. In addition, he said co-op employees gives hundreds of hours of their personal time each year volunteering to assist schools, churches, community organizations and other non-profit entities across our service territory.
“We are proud of our history and heritage and work hard to continue this tradition of service,” said Holt.
After the Business Meeting, South KY RECC recognized the 15 Washington Rural Electric Youth Tour recipients and awarded $8,000 in scholarships to eight high school seniors in the service area as part of the Senior Scholarship Program.
South KY RECC believes that investing in the youth of its service territory has a profound effect on the improvement of the quality of life in the communities served, which fulfills its mission. South KY RECC’s Mission Statement reads “South Kentucky RECC was formed for people not profit. Its mission is to reliably provide electricity and related services to its members at a competitive price, and to improve the quality of life in their communities.”
Holt said, “South Kentucky RECC’s Annual Meeting is not only a time for the co-op to meet with its membership about the important business of the organization, but it is also a time to celebrate with them. The board, management, and employees strive daily to provide the best possible service, and on this special day each year, we try to provide fun and let our member-owners know how much they are appreciated.”
“They are not only our members, but our owners, as well as our friends and neighbors. We worship together, shop together, and our children and grandchildren go to school and play together. This relationship has been in place for nearly 80 years, and while we face challenges in the future, we will meet each challenge together to forge a better future for generations to come.”