MT. VERNON — Members of the Tri-County Electric Cooperative will get a chance to take part in agency business while also enjoying a “picnic-like” atmosphere at the upcoming Annual Meeting July 12, said organizers.
The large-scale celebration typically draws more than 1,000 co-op members. It includes a business meeting, but also a free breakfast, a “live-line” electricity safety demonstration, children’s activities, informational booths and more.
“This is just a good time for the members to come and be a part of the business of the cooperative,” said Helen Mullins, administrative assistant for Tri-County. “(It’s) one-member, one-vote. It’s their time to have their voices heard.”
Tri-County’s 76th Annual Membership Meeting will kick off at 7:30 a.m. July 12 with registration and the distribution of patronage refund checks for the years of 1986 and 1987. The event is held at the cooperative’s Mt. Vernon location, 3906 Broadway.
The live-line safety demonstration will begin at 8:45 a.m., and breakfast will be served until 9:30 a.m. Children’s activities will be open from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., and then again from 11 a.m. to noon. Lunch is served at 11:30 a.m.
At 10 a.m., the official Tri-County business meeting will be held. During the session, three new directors will be elected and several reports will be delivered.
Each of the three counties in the cooperative has three directors. These directors serve three-year terms on the organization’s nine-member board.
This year, the Tri-County Nominating Committee has nominated three individuals as director candidates. They include Donnie Laird for Jefferson County, Sam Phillips for Marion County and Rick Russell for Washington County.
In addition, a second director candidate for Jefferson County, Mark Kash, has filed a petition to be considered for the position. Also during the meeting, organizers will take nominations from the floor.