Customer-Owners Drive Record Attendance at 85th Annual Meeting
Monroe, GA - Walton Electric Membership Corporation (EMC) hosted 1,966 customers-owners at its annual meeting held at the cooperative's headquarters on Saturday, June 19. The attendance was the highest recorded since the inaugural meeting in 1937.
From 8 to 11 a.m., customer-owners exercised the cooperative principle of democratic member control by electing directors, voting to amend the bylaws and approving minutes from the 2020 business meeting.
"They [board members] are elected by you to serve you," CEO Ronnie Lee told customer-owners.
Re-elected board members include:
Jason Sidwell, District 2 - Bostwick /Apalachee/ Rutledge
Jim Whitley, District 4 - Eastville
Sam Simonton, District 8 - Bold Springs/Gratis
Customer-owners also voted to approve an amendment to the bylaws that extends the timeline of nominating and accepting petitions for those wishing to serve as cooperative directors.
Board Chair Dawn Taylor touted the electric cooperative’s reasonable rates. "The PSC recently did a survey where we were more than $19 lower than the state average cost per 1,500-kilowatt-hours,” she said.
In lieu of traditional door prizes, Walton EMC selected the names of 200 customer-owners to receive $50 bill credits. You can see a list of winners here.
The name of Ava Truitt, a Walton EMC customer-owner from Snellville, was drawn as the new owner of the grand prize, a retired Walton EMC Ford pickup truck.
Walton EMC is an innovative, customer-owned and focused electric utility serving accounts in 10 Northeast Georgia counties between Atlanta and Athens. In its long history of meeting customer-owners' needs, the cooperative established successful natural gas and security subsidiaries as well as nationally recognized solar initiatives for residential and industrial customers.
Save the Date:
86th Walton EMC Annual Meeting
Saturday, June 19, 2022