2017 Annual Membership Meeting
With perfect temperatures and no rain in sight, approximately 9,000 people attended the 79th Annual Membership Meeting of South Kentucky RECC held on Thursday, June 8 at the new Somerset headquarters. More than 2,000 members registered.
There were more than 40 educational and informative exhibits for those in attendance to visit, including health booths, civic organizations, businesses and many others.
Featured entertainment for South Kentucky RECC’s annual meeting this year was Scotty McCreery, country music star and Season 10 American Idol winner. He sang for more than an hour, singing his hits, as well as a compilation of classics. The crowd loved him!
Gospel music was provided by Fair Haven Quartet, a local group that has been promoted to the Riversong Recording Label, out of Nashville, TN.
The newest feature of Annual Meeting 2017 was Quick Pass. It was very well received with nearly 300 using it to register and get their bucket and LED light bulbs.
Registering SKRECC members receive a bucket and light bulbs at the annual meeting each year. This year, for the first time, the most efficient bulb, LED, was given.
New this year to annual meeting was a feature called Quick Pass. If members wanted to register and receive their bucket and LED light bulbs that were given, they could drive through without having to leave their vehicle. It was very successful with nearly 300 taking advantage of its ease.
Attendees were treated to gospel music earlier in the evening from gospel quartet Fair Haven.
Featured entertainment was country music superstar Scotty McCreery, season 10 American Idol winner, who has had many number one hits, including: “See You Tonight,” “Feelin’ It,” “I Love You This Big,” “The Trouble With Girls,” and his latest chart climbing hit “Five More Minutes.” He provided a fantastic concert that included all his hits.
In addition, this year’s meeting included the presentation of colors from a color guard from American Legion Post 38. Pulaski County Northern Middle School Honor Choir, which was honored to perform earlier this year at the Inauguration of President Donald Trump, performed “My Old Kentucky Home” and “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 Allen Anderson reported that SKRECC remains committed to controlling expenditures while ensuring safe, reliable service, and he announced there will be no rate increase by South Kentucky RECC in 2017, much to the pleasure of the membership in attendance.
He also spoke briefly about the new Somerset South Kentucky RECC headquarters that the co-op moved into earlier this year. Anderson told the membership that the new facility will provide members with a more efficient, convenient and safer place to do business well into the future.
Anderson touched on the many energy efficiency programs offered by South Kentucky RECC to the membership and encouraged them to see what the co-op can do to help them be more efficient and save money in their homes. He also spoke of the Co-op Connections Card program available to members. The Co-op Connections Card program is a discount card that is recognized across the nation and allows discounts in hotels, restaurants, stores, etc. It also includes a pharmacy discount for those who may not have insurance, and Anderson told members that since January 2016 until now, members have saved nearly $110,000 in prescription costs with the card.
Anderson also encouraged members to sign up for the co-op’s People Fund program, a program that allows members to round-up their monthly electric bills to the nearest dollar. That money is then used to provide grants to financially assist community organizations. Since its inception in 2004, the People Fund has provided 364 agencies located in the South Kentucky RECC service territory, such as local schools, food pantries, fire departments, etc., with $224,000.
After the Business Meeting, South KY RECC recognized the nine Washington Rural Electric Youth Tour recipients and awarded $9,000 in scholarships to nine 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.”
Anderson added, “Annual Meeting is a time for the co-op to celebrate with its membership, while tending to the important business of the cooperative. 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.”