WordSouth client Wiregrass Electric Cooperative celebrates 75 years of service at annual meeting

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This year’s meeting was a special event for Wiregrass Electric Cooperative, a longtime client of WordSouth, as it marked its 75th anniversary of service to rural Southeast Alabama.

Congratulations to Wiregrass Electric on this milestone event," says Stephen V. Smith, president of WordSouth. "It has been our honor to work with Wiregrass for more than eight years now.

Wiregrass Electric Cooperative (WEC) celebrated a service milestone Oct. 17 when it hosted its annual membership meeting highlighting 75 years of providing power to rural Southeast Alabama.

"We still stand on the principles this cooperative was founded on 75 years ago," says Les Moreland, chief executive officer of WEC. "The electric cooperative concept was developed to help rural Americans bring electricity to their farms and communities when no one else would. It's a model that is just as strong today as it was in 1939, and I am proud of the impact this cooperative continues to make in people's lives."

Each year, WEC holds its annual meeting in Hartford, Ala. Members hear reports from management, select board of trustees members, vote on important issues about how their cooperative functions and enjoy entertainment and door prizes.

This year’s meeting was a special event, marking WEC's 75th anniversary. To celebrate the occasion, employees cooked hamburgers and hotdogs, singers performed and every member left with a free 10-inch cast iron skillet with WEC’s logo embossed on the bottom.

“We want to say thank you to everyone who helped make the day so special,” says Deanna Albritton, member services coordinator at WEC. “It was great to see so many people coming to celebrate what we’ve accomplished over the past 75 years.”

Brad Kimbro, WEC's chief operating officer, agrees. "This was indeed a special day for every employee and every member of Wiregrass Electric Cooperative," he says. "The longevity of this member-owned cooperative is a true testimony to the impact it's had on the Wiregrass region of Alabama."

Nearly 1,700 members voted either by mail or at the Hartford Office. In the only contested board election, incumbent Nolan Laird was returned to his seat. “I am very appreciative of the opportunity to serve,” says Laird, “and I am thankful for the members who put their trust in me.” The membership also approved two bylaw amendments, one dealing with re-districting and the other with membership requirements.

After the meeting, the WEC Board of Trustees met to elect officers. Danny McNeil was elected president, John Clark, Jr. was elected vice president and Debra Baxley was elected secretary-treasurer.

"Congratulations to Wiregrass Electric on this milestone event," says Stephen V. Smith, president of WordSouth. "It has been our honor to work with Wiregrass for more than eight years now. During this time, we have seen them deliver a higher level of service to their members by adapting modern technology, launching innovative efficiency programs and making it more convenient for members to do business with them. WEC is a top-notch organization; we are proud to call them clients and friends, and we are excited for them as they celebrate 75 years of service."

To see highlights from the annual meeting, visit http://www.wiregrass.coop/2014-annual-meeting.

Wiregrass Electric Cooperative is an electric distribution system located in Southeast Alabama with more than 3,500 miles of power lines providing reliable and affordable electricity and energy solutions to approximately 23,000 homes and businesses in Houston, Geneva, Covington, Dale and Coffee counties. For more information, visit their website at http://www.wiregrass.coop.

WordSouth engages the power of content marketing to help rural utilities connect with their communities. The company produces custom content, such as magazines, brochures, annual reports and bill inserts, through an all-encompassing approach that saves clients both time and money. For more information about WordSouth, visit the company website at http://www.wordsouth.com.

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