Special recognition during annual meeting makes the day especially nice 5-17
Article was added on Monday, May 01, 2017
Annual meetings are always a special time for me. I really enjoy
getting to walk around and speak to our members one on one. After
all, members are what electric cooperatives are all about.
I also enjoy seeing another very important component of the
cooperative enjoying the day, our employees. Our employees work
each year to make sure we have a successful meeting of our members.
Everyone has an assignment and a smile on their face when the day
finally arrives. I think the office personnel enjoy getting out one
day of the year and being able to socialize with our members as
much as I do.
Not to belittle their efforts to make the day run smoothly or
their everyday tasks, but we have some employees who don't have the
comfort of a nice office. They do their work in the middle of the
night, during storms or on a sunny 93 degree afternoon. Whenever
they're called, they report to work, leaving families at home. When
disaster strikes our neighbors, they even leave for weeks at the
time to lend a helping hand to people just like us who suffer
through power losses. These are our linemen and during this year's
annual meeting, I was especially humbled to be able to honor
Because April is typically Lineman Appreciation Month, April 18
lent itself for the perfect opportunity to thank these men for all
they do. Roger Boyd a 2nd Class Lineman did an amazing
job opening this year's annual business meeting by singing the
national anthem. I felt a real sense of pride when the crowd gave
Boyd and all his fellow linemen a standing ovation.
The 3,643 members who attended this year's meeting voted to
re-elect Billy L. Morris, Jr., James E. Scott and Harry R. Walters
for three-year terms. They also approved the bylaw change, which
was highlighted in the previous edition of South Carolina
With this only being my second annual meeting as Santee Electric
Cooperative's CEO, I can't wait to see what next year has in store.
Thank you to everyone who came and participated and congratulations
to everyone who won a prize. I hope to see everyone again next
Robert G. Ardis III
President and Chief Executive Officer
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