Randolph Electric Membership Corporation celebrated its 84th annual meeting of the membership Friday, June 17, 2022, at Southwestern Randolph High School in Asheboro. The theme of the meeting was “Stronger Together.”
Randolph Electric recorded 279 registered members who attended the in-person business meeting, and 741 who registered online. An estimated crowd of 600 people attended the event. During the business meeting, the membership elected three directors: Lee Isley to represent District 1, Larry Routh in District 3 and Jeff Sugg in District 6.
Dr. Neal Jackson of Beulah Baptist Church gave the invocation. The Southwestern Randolph High School Junior R.O.T.C. Cougar Battalion presented the colors. The Harvesters Gospel quartet sang the national anthem. Jon Sundell and David Hersh provided entertainment for children while their families attended the business meeting.
REMC Board of Directors President Jerry Bowman presented a report on events and investments over the past year. Secretary-Treasurer Billy Maness presented a 2021 financial report with $65.3 million in revenue and $62.2 million in expenses. CEO Dale Lambert spoke on the themes of safety, reliability, affordability and sustainability.
Randolph Electric recognized N.C. Representatives Allen McNeill, Pat Hurley, and Jamie Boles for their years of service in the North Carolina General Assembly. U.S. Representative Richard Hudson also addressed the crowd.
Many members won drawings for door prizes including cash and bill credits, gift cards, bicycles of all sizes, small appliances and local pottery.
“Tonight, we celebrate our 84th year of existence with a focus on how we are stronger together, a theme that describes the true meaning of our cooperative,” said Lambert. “Since 1938, when community leaders met to discuss the need for power in rural areas, Randolph EMC has sought to provide safe, reliable and affordable energy for our rural member-owners. Those members serve a vital role in the life of the cooperative.”