77th Annual Meeting – Pee Dee Electric: From Devastation to Restoration

Pee Dee Electric Cooperative, Inc. held its 77th Annual Meeting at the Florence Civic Center on October 22nd, 2016.  With over 2,300 registered members and families in attendance, the audience was estimated well over 5,000

Prior to the business meeting that started at noon, members were busy with several activities in the exhibit area.  Every account that registered received a $20 energy voucher to use towards their bill and was entered to win one of 50 door prizes, $300, 400, or $500 energy vouchers and the Grand Prize, a 2010 GMC Sierra 1500 truck.  McLeod Health hosted a health fair that gave members a chance to have their cholesterol and blood pressure levels checked with immediate results.  Informational booths were also available to learn more about energy saving programs the coop offers.  FEMA was present this year to aid with requests after Hurricane Matthew.  The Rick Strickland Band also performed shag and beach music and originals for the crowd.

Brian Kelley, President  & CEO, presented the state of the co-op message along with a video that portrayed this year’s theme, “Devastation to Restoration” in light of recent Hurricane Matthew.  The presentation and video showed how hard our linemen worked after the hurricane to get everyone restored as quickly and safely as possible.  Mr. Kelley also reminded members of the perks and benefits to being a member.  More than $3m was returned in capital credits to members this year along with wholesale power credits saved on their bills.

Two co-op members were re-elected to the eleven member Board of Trustees.  The two incumbents by acclimation:  Louise Kelley– District 4 and Don Teal– District 7.  After 41 years of service, Mr. Jule Conner retired from District 9.  He was recognized and thanked for his many years of dedication to the board of trustees.  Mr. Robert Norton was elected by proclamation to District 9.

PDEC was established in 1939 to provide dependable and reliable service at the lowest possible cost to its members.  Pee Dee Electric, a Touchstone Energy Cooperative, is a not for profit, member-owned electricity distribution cooperative and serves approximately 30,000 accounts in Darlington, Marion, Florence, Dillon, Lee and Chesterfield counties.