Annual Member Meeting Recap 2017
A total crowd of around 3,000 with 1,146 of those being registered members of South Central Indiana (SCI) REMC, filled the Mooresville High School gymnasium Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, for the electric cooperative’s 78th Annual Member Meeting, at which the cooperative honored their retiring CEO, and unveiled a first-of-its-kind safety item.
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The morning began with members receiving a registration gift and complimentary breakfast, as well as information tables and giveaways relating to SCI REMC’s member programs. A highlight of this year includes the cooperative’s commitment to safety theme. As part of that theme, SCI REMC pioneered a new way to help keep people away from downed power lines and life-threatening situations. The co-op handed out reflective car visors with a dual purpose: when placed in the dashboard window, the normal silver side helps keep cars cool, while the reverse black side, which is normally left blank, had a printed message on it. The message, "Keep Back! Power Lines Down!," is intended to be used as a warning for people in dangerous situations. When a person is in their car and they come across a downed power line, they would put the black side of the visor (facing out) in one of their windows. That message would be posted as a warning for anyone else who approaches the area with the downed powerlines.
"Every year we hear about a person who died because they got out of the car after an accident with downed power lines that were still live," said Maura Giles, SCI REMC's manager of cooperative relations, and creator of the visor project. "We hope this not only helps people stay safe, but also spread awareness about the importance of staying in your car when there are downed power lines around.
"As a locally-owned, not-for-profit, electric cooperative, SCI REMC works diligently every day to promote the safety of our community," she said. Giles added that the Cooperative has a free live line safety demonstration they use to spread the message of what to do around power lines. They take it to area schools, organizations, emergency responder groups, and events such as fairs. "We also do the demonstration for graduating classes of the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy so our men and women in uniform can respond to emergency situations safely."
Also during the meeting, Board Chairman Bruce Hamlin honored outgoing CEO Greg McKelfresh with an award. "We'd like to thank you for your 42 years of dedication and service," Hamlin said. McKelfresh will be retiring from SCI REMC in January 2018.
The business of the meeting included Director election results and a video report recapping the Co-op’s business over the previous year, and the results of a member survey.
There were two contested elections for the Board of Directors. Here are the results of those elections:
Rex Franklin - 707 votes versus Marc Bennett - 669 votes
Heather Mollo - 900 votes versus Nick Johann - 480 votes
SCI REMC hosts an annual membership meeting each year as part of their bylaws.
About SCI REMC
SCI REMC is a member-owned cooperative electric distribution facility. A cooperative is a business owned by its customers, known as members. Anyone who receives power from South Central Indiana REMC is part owner of the business. SCI REMC is one of 38 rural electric cooperatives in Indiana. Electric cooperatives were organized throughout the state in the 1930s. At that time, investor-owned utilities were supplying power in urban areas, but would not supply electric power to rural customers. This was common across the country at this time in history. People living in rural areas saw that those in cities had electricity, and wanted it as well. As a result, with loans from the Rural Electrification Administration, rural communities banded together and created electric cooperatives. Hoosiers 77 years ago in Morgan, Monroe, Owen, Brown and parts of Putnam, Clay and Johnson counties, pooled their money, and set poles and tied lines by hand to bring electricity to rural South Central Indiana.
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