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FLEC Celebrated 77 Years of Service at Sequoyah High School

10/17/2017

The Fort Loudoun Electric Cooperative (FLEC) held its 77th Annual Membership Meeting on October 7, 2017, at the Sequoyah High School on Highway 411 just outside Madisonville. $20 credits on their electric bills were given to each of the 473 members that registered (the biggest turnout noted over the past 20 years). The members and their family members enjoyed breakfast biscuits (over 1,200 were served) while performances by the Sequoyah High School Pep Band and Madisonville Primary School Choir entertained them. Approximately $10,000 worth of door prizes were given out during the four hour event. The annual meeting was packed with updates from FLEC Board President Lewis Jones, Angela Tallent, FLEC’s Secretary/Treasurer, and Jarrod Brackett, the Cooperative’s General Manager/CEO. Bob Bean of Ingram, Overholt & Bean presented the annual auditor’s report early in the meeting and noted a positive review. Comments from Lieutenant Governor Randy McNally and Representative Jimmy Matlock were made to the crowd of approximately 1,000 folks. Also, Aaron Lay, a local high school senior, presented the speech on leadership that won him the National Rural Electric Cooperative Youth Tour Spokesperson title. “Our local youth really shine,” stated Brackett as the Cooperative handed out scholarships to students that had won contests over the past year. Jones and Brackett awarded two random $500 scholarships to eligible dependents of members and adults in the crowd before moving on to a vote on the bylaws. The Membership present voted to unanimously approve several proposed bylaw wording changes that allows the Cooperative to pursue providing “other services” than electricity to its membership in the future. “The purpose of the proposed changes is not to provide any specific service option; it is just a change in the bylaws that could offer a means for the Cooperative to consider providing other services that are legal for cooperatives to provide today,” said Brackett. Sam Venable finished the meeting strong when he shared stories and notable things that he had become knowledgeable of occurring in Tennessee; making sure all understood, “I’m not making this up!” After all cash prizes, gift cards, various electric appliances and electric products, a washer/dryer set, a chest freezer, and a vacation package to the Smokies were given away the crowd dispensed and the school returned to normal.
FLEC thanks all who participated and helped to make this annual meeting a success and our future a little brighter!

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