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2017 ANNUAL MEETING OF THE MEMBERS

was held on Wednesday, June 21, 2017


 

         

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More than 800 Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative members and guests gathered Wednesday evening at the Cooperative’s pavilion in Chase City for the Annual Meeting of the Members. Attendees visited booths with information about the Co-ops Vote initiative, energy efficiency and cooperative operations. A wellness area from VCU Health Community Memorial Healthcenter and the Mecklenburg County Health Department provided free health screenings and give-away items, while the Kid’s Zone featured prizes and healthy snacks for younger members. Members and guests alike enjoyed a hearty barbecue dinner prepared by Risin’ Smoke Barbecue of South Hill.

 

Echoing this year’s theme, “Powering the Next Generation,” Vice President of Member & Energy Services David Lipscomb began the business meeting by announcing winners of the Cooperative’s Youth Art Contest, noting that entries showing “How MEC Powers Me” were on display. Winners were Mackenzie Davis of Red Oak, Henry East of Chatham, Lily Sutphin of Victoria and Seth Dudley of Baskerville.

 

Following a presentation of colors by the Marine Corp League’s Lake Country Detachment #1085, Youth Tour participant Aajaylah Goodwyn performed a stirring solo rendition of the National Anthem, and then led the audience in singing “God Bless America.”

 

In his address, MEC Board Chairman David Jones explained that when it comes to safety, quality service and affordable rates, “your co-op is not content to be average – we want to excel in all three areas!”

 

Board member Franklin Myers introduced fellow directors and noted that collectively they represent 196 years of experience.

 

Board Secretary-Treasurer Stanley Duffer reported on a successful financial year, noting that MEC generated $646,434 in operating margins in 2016 and has returned more than $3 million in capital credits to members over the past three years, bringing the total to over $35.5 million since the co-op’s inception. He added that recent reductions in the cost of wholesale power, passed along from MEC to its members, have lowered average monthly bills by $10.31 a month.

 

Jack Reasor, president and CEO of Old Dominion Electric Cooperative (ODEC), MEC’s power supplier, shared that construction of solar farms in Warren and Northampton counties will be complete later this summer and provide 30 megawatts of renewable energy, while Wildcat Point, ODEC’s 1,000-megawatt combined cycle natural gas plant in Rising Sun, Maryland, is scheduled to be operational by early fall. “Each of these will contribute to our goal of providing safe, reliable and environmentally responsible power for our member cooperatives,” Reasor concluded.

 


MEC President and CEO John C. Lee, Jr., began his update by commending his staff for their success in working safely, delivering power with a high standard of service and controlling costs that resulted in a rate reduction last year for MEC’s members. Detailing MEC’s strong culture of safety, he stated, “During 2016, your Cooperative continued its strong commitment to safety by adding to its record-setting total of 1,300,526 hours worked without a lost-time accident,” adding, “High standards of safety here at MEC are achieved through diligence, training, and utilizing best practices all of which are effectively delivered with a message of compassion for each other. MEC’s world class safety culture is founded upon the fact that this organization, the Board, the management team, and every employee here truly care, and there is no stronger foundation for a safety program.”

 

Lee also noted that in the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) survey, MEC member-consumers recently gave the Cooperative an overall rating of 86, which is well above the national average for electric utilities. He thanked the audience for their support and appreciation as MEC has sought to “do more with less,” utilizing automation and technology that helps the cooperative be as efficient as possible. 

 

Before conducting elections, Cooperative Attorney Warren Matthews noted that 3,288 members were present in person (451) and by proxy (2,837). Matthews directed the election and voting process and subsequently announced that incumbent directors Michael H. McDowell, Peggy Lee, Donald L. Moore and Franklin B. Myers had each been re-elected.

 

Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative (MEC) is the not-for-profit energy provider to over 31,000 meters located in portions of the Virginia counties of Brunswick, Charlotte, Greensville, Halifax, Lunenburg, Mecklenburg, Pittsylvania, Southampton and Sussex and the North Carolina counties of Granville, Person, Northampton, Vance and Warren. It is a Touchstone Energy Cooperative, headquartered in Chase City with district offices in Gretna, Emporia, and Chase City.  

 

 


 
MEC Nominating Committee Announced Board Candidates

Ms. Lee is retired executive director of the United States Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency for Brunswick County, a position she held for 25 years. She has an appreciation for rural Virginia and the challenges facing its communities and residents. To further this mission, she is pursuing a degree in Health Administration.

She has a son, Marcus, and one grandson. In her spare time she enjoys watching football and basketball games, reading, and cooking.

She says, “I appreciate the opportunity to serve on the Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative board as the representative for District 10. It is our goal to keep costs as low as possible.”

 

 

 

Mr. Moore and his family own and operate Moore Farms located on the western side of Pittsylvania County. He is involved in numerous agricultural organizations and is charter member and treasurer of the Olde Dominion Agricultural Foundation. He was a charter member of Callands Volunteer Fire Department.
 He and his wife, Peggy, have three children, Daniel Moore, and twin daughters, Rebecca Gatewood and Sarah Moore, and one grandchild.
He says, “Being a director is a big responsibility and challenge because we want to provide the best electric service to the members. We do everything possible to hold costs down even though we have experienced a low rate of growth for several years.”


Mr. McDowell is the owner and operator of Locust Level Farm in Vernon Hill where he raises registered purebred Angus breeding stock, and he has been recognized for a number of agricultural achievements. He is an ordained minister and currently serves as pastor of County Line Baptist Church in Java, Virginia.
He and his wife, Wanda, have three grown children, Dr. Angela Collins, Dr. Bridget Brown, and Dr. West McDowell, and seven grandchildren.
He says, “Serving on the Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative board is so meaningful to me, knowing that our decisions make a positive difference in the lives of a lot of people.”

 

 

Mr. Myers is president of Gasburg Land and Timber Company and Gasburg Timber Corporation. He also serves as vice president of M.M. Wright, Inc., and Gasburg Equipment Company. A forester for 36 years, he has engaged in a broad range of activities including timber harvesting, ecological restoration, and management of protected areas.

He and his wife, Susan, have two children, Travis Myers and Jenna Wells, and one grandchild. His main hobby is hunting for deer, turkey and bear.

He says, “The Cooperative is owned by its members, and it is an honor and privilege for me to serve on the board where we look out for their interest.”

 

 

 

 
 
 

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