A Brighter Future
Electric cooperative delegates look at how partnerships help communities prosper.
Board members, managers and key staff of North Carolina's electric cooperatives in early April focused on how cooperatives have contributed to their communities as well as on new initiatives for the progress of those communities. More than 400 cooperative representatives attended the annual meeting of their statewide organizations in Raleigh.
Referring to how electric cooperatives introduce technological options to their consumer-members, CEO Joe Brannan of the North Carolina Electric Membership Corporation told the co-op delegates, "You are the leaders in this state when it comes to engaging your members and your communities."
The meeting's theme of "Community Partnerships for a Brighter Future" resounded in presentations on education, economic development, state government policy, and the opportunities for and achievements of young citizens.
Statewide leaders elected
The following were elected to 2014–2015 board leadership positions in the cooperatives' statewide organizations.
NCEMC (power supply):
President Mitchell L. Keel
Four County EMC
Vice President Mark A. Suggs,
Pitt & Greene EMC
Secretary-Treasurer Dale F. Lambert,
NCAEC (co-op services):
President Jeffrey B. Joines,
Blue Ridge Electric
Vice President Carl W. Kornegay,
Secretary-Treasurer Susan E. Flythe,
Cape Hatteras Electric