What you’re missing at the annual meeting
Article was added on Saturday, April 01, 2017
Did you know every cooperative is required to conduct an annual
meeting of the membership? The purpose is to hold the election for
the board of directors, share important financial information,
occasionally vote on other matters such as by-law changes and of
course--the great door prizes!
Santee Electric Cooperative's annual meeting is a community
gathering where neighbors can meet new neighbors--or catch up with
old acquaintances. It also gives members a chance to meet Santee
Electric Cooperative employees and trustees, face to face. As our
lives get busier with the "errands of life" and more of our
interactions with others are online (via social media), we must
renew the value of face-to-face human connections. Very few
organizations are uniquely positioned like Santee Electric to bring
together all members of our local communities.
While rural Americans probably do a better job of staying
connected to our neighbors (in part because we need to), it is not
something we should take for granted. The simple act of smiling,
saying hello and shaking someone's hand truly lifts both
Our country and community face many challenges. Our economy
feels like it has been stagnant for years. Overcoming these
challenges will only happen if we come together.
Santee Electric's annual meeting is designed to take care of the
important business of your co-op and the equally important business
of building a real sense of community. All cooperatives serve both
an economic and social purpose. While safe, reliable and affordable
electric power is crucial to our mission, improving the quality of
life for all members is at the core of what we do every day.
If you have not attended the annual meeting in the past or if it
has been a few years, we urge you to take the time to be with your
fellow co-op members.
We get out of life what we put into it. Santee Electric is
connected to you by more than just powerlines. We are your
neighbors, and we look forward to seeing you April 18 at Kingstree
Senior High School atyourannual meeting.
Robert G. Ardis III
President and chief Executive Officer
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