Clay Electric Cooperative’s members re-elected three members to the board of trustees during the co-op’s 78th annual meeting on April 28 at the cooperative’s central office.
For District 1, incumbent Carl Hagglund received 1,217 votes; Jo Ann Smith, incumbent trustee for District 8, was re-elected with 1,201 votes, as was Karen Hastings, incumbent trustee for District 9, with 1,214 votes.
The co-op estimated that approximately 2,500 people attended this year’s annual meeting. Members who attended the day-long annual meeting enjoyed a grilled chicken lunch during the noon hour. They also had opportunities to visit a health fair, talk with vendors at a variety of exhibits and listen to music under the big tent that was provided by bluegrass band Back From the Brink. Bill Laur of Keystone Heights was the winner of the grand prize, a 2007 Chevrolet Colorado pickup. The co-op gives away a used truck during the annual meeting each year.
During the afternoon business session, General Manager/CEO Ricky Davis and Board President Kelley Smith spoke to the annual meeting crowd about the co-op’s accomplishments in 2015, as well as the hard work and dedication of the co-op’s employees. Smith said the co-op returned $6 million in Capital Credits to entitled members in March.
Davis presented the co-op’s annual Employee Recognition Award to Janet Craft, a senior accountant at the co-op. Craft has worked for the co-op for 25 years and was nominated by co-workers for her selfless work in the area of community service with Holiday Helpers, the Keystone Fire Department and the Back to School program. Her efforts have helped many children and families as well as volunteer organizations in the community.
“I would like to thank all of our members who took time out of their busy schedules to attend our annual meeting on Thursday,” Davis said. “It’s an important day for Clay Electric, and we appreciate everyone who attended.”
Co-op members who voted by absentee ballot were entered into a special prize drawing for five different bill credit prizes. Joshua Lamb of Middleburg won the $500 bill credit. Joseph Weeks of Lake Butler won the $250 bill credit and Chester Witczak won the bill credit for $150. Winners of the $100 bill credit were Gregory Padgett of Starke and Ridgeway Corgin of Fleming Island. Congratulations to the winners!