Join us at Annual Meeting
Article was added on Tuesday, April 08, 2014
years ago, this was a different world. But, when you look back,
it's really a lovely story.
the early 1930's rural families, mostly farmers in Florence,
Clarendon, Williamsburg and Georgetown counties were heating their
homes and cooking with wood, having dinner and maybe even reading
the Bible at night by candlelight.
the hard times of manual labor, ice cold baths and no news from the
outside world for weeks at a time was no easy life for our
grandparents and great-grandparents. They knew that standing still
would always keep them behind in the grand scheme of things, so
they came together in 1939 and formed Santee Electric Cooperative
so they could begin to use many of the modern conveniences people
living in town were already enjoying.
about the impact electricity made in rural areas. Women lived
longer not having to work dusk to dawn at backbreaking chores. Farm
production jumped. Things like running water, lights and stored
food were possible-and with those leaps forward came new challenges
membership was only $5 when the first 200 members saw the lights
come on for the first time through the first 110 miles of line.
More and more people in rural areas signed up to get electricity
and the co-op grew and grew into what it is today.
have more than 44,000 members and with a 2005 square mile
territory, serve the largest geographical footprint of any co-op in
None of what we enjoy
today would have been possible without the hard work of many men
and women along the way. Let's celebrate these accomplishments at
our annual meeting on Tuesday, April 22 at the Kingstree Senior
High School. Gates open at noon,
registration and voting 1-6 p.m., preferred registration time for
the elderly and persons with disabilities is 3 p.m. The business
meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m.
aren't like other businesses. We're not focused on making a profit.
Cooperatives offer the perfect tool for tackling tasks too big for
one person to handle alone, tasks based on a common purpose. That
purpose is as solid as the ground under our feet at the Annual
Meeting. Standing together, we are still building our communities,
bringing dreams to reality and giving youth a better
and Chief Executive
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