About 300 members attended the Annual Meeting of Wood County Electric Cooperative, Inc., (WCEC), held Friday afternoon, October 7, 2022, at Governor Jim Hogg City Park in Quitman. Prior to the meeting a concert featuring singer/songwriters Meredith Crawford and the Mean Streak was a crowd pleaser.
Members were then given an update by WCEC’s GM and CEO, Trey Teaff. In it, he spoke about the challenging economy, but despite, he said, “I’d like you to know that the cooperative model is living and breathing and healthy. Our cooperative has remained strong. We never wavered in our mission – which is to provide our members with reliable and dependable electricity, because we know it powers your lives and our communities. To do our jobs, we’ve had to be more creative. More resourceful. More nimble. More flexible. But the facts and figures bear this out.”
Following, Cathy Roberts, WCEC’s Board President opened the business portion of the meeting and announced that the board has retired $2 million in capital credits, which will be credited to members accounts in December. Attorney John T. Wright then announced the results of the election of directors. which was run by independent elections management company, Survey and Ballots Systems. Cathy Roberts, incumbent and District 5 Representative and Jane Roberson, incumbent and District 6 Representative, were reelected to serve three more years.
Once the business meeting closed, members were treated to an extensive prize drawing of gift cards and prizes donated by WCEC’s generous vendors. The grand prize winner of a $500.00 VISA gift card, drawn from members present at the meeting, were members Marie and Mark McDonald of Hawkins. To thank those who took the time to vote in the elections, early ballots received by Sept. 26, 2022, were entered into an Early Bird Prize Drawing for a $500 Visa Card, and the winner is David Yarbrough of Mineola. Also, all who voted were entered into a drawing for 1 of 20 $100 electricity credits. Those prize winners are: