The 70th annual meeting of the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association was held Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 21 and 22, at the Nashville Airport Marriott. President Joe Thacker called the meeting to order. Shana Purkey, daughter-in-law of TECA General Manager Tom Purkey, performed the “Star Spangled Banner” and “God Bless the USA.”
Captain Scott O’Grady, a pilot shot down behind enemy lines in Bosnia in 1995, presented his program, “Return with Honor.” Following the keynote address, all voting delegates moved to the reserved area at the front of the meeting room, and the business session of the meeting was held with President Thacker presiding. A roll showed that representatives from 23 member systems and associate member North Georgia Electric Membership Corporation were in attendance. Secretary-Treasurer Joe Whitaker gave the Treasurer’s Report. Whitaker said that the board of trustees had examined and approved the audit of the association for fiscal year ended June 30, 2011, performed by Dempsey Vantrease & Follis PLLC, certified public accountants, and that a copy was on file at the TECA office.
Thacker and Purkey made a joint address and presentation entitled “Powering Progress.”
President Thacker asked Frank Jennings, chairman of the Resolutions Committee, to present the resolutions. Jennings recognized other members of the committee: Larry Elkins, general manager, Holston EC; and Jerry Taylor, general manager, Tennessee Valley EC. The resolutions had been mailed to the voting delegates before the annual meeting for their consideration.
Larry Elkins, NRECA director representing Tennessee, was called upon to give an NRECA report. Following Elkins, Bob Matheny, NRTC director, was called upon to give an NRTC report.
Dan Rodamaker, president and CEO, Gibson Electric Membership Corporation, was elected to a four-year term on the statewide board of trustees from Region I. Tony Bentle, board member, Tri-County Electric Membership Corporation, was elected from Region II. Rody Blevins, president, Volunteer Energy Cooperative and Alan Hayes, board member, Fort Loudoun Electric Cooperative, were elected from Region III.
The group luncheon, sponsored by TVA, featured entertainment by ventriloquist Steve Brogan. Following lunch, Joe Jackson, director of youth and member relations presented an update and recognized Washington Youth Tour and Youth Leadership Council representatives. The students were given the opportunity to share their experiences from the Washington Youth Tour.
David Callis and staff members Robin Conover, Trent Scott, Mike Knotts and Todd Blocker discussed the future of TECA. Following the staff presentation, economist William Dunkleberg presented “The Economic Recovery – Is There One?”
A hospitality hour and dinner was held on Monday evening. Statler Brother Jimmy Fortune provided entertainment.
A Tennessee ACRE breakfast was held on Tuesday morning. Beth Harwell, speaker of the Tennessee House of Representatives, and Mike Knotts addressed the audience and discussed the importance of political involvement.
During the breakfast, recipients of Board Leadership and Credentialed Cooperative Director status were recognized. Board members receiving Credentialed Cooperative Director status were Johnny R. Crain, Caney Fork EC; Joe Wayne Tucker and Baxter White, Duck River EMC; William K. Carnahan and Zachary M. Hutchens, Meriwether Lewis EC; Ronnie Jake Townson, Mountain EC; Robert Kendrick, Southwest Tennessee EMC; and Charles Alan Pippin and James West, Upper Cumberland EMC. Board members receiving a Board Leadership certification were Bill S. Davis, Caney Fork EC; Glenn Oldham, Fayetteville PU; Alan Hayes, Fort Loudoun EC; Keith Forrester, Gibson EMC; and Paul Thompson and Veachel Harlan, Tri County EMC.
Following breakfast, presentations were made by Dena Stoner, NRECA senior vice president for policy, and Kim Green, TVA group president of strategy and external relations.
Thacker recognized the new board members and thanked the Program Committee, the Resolutions Committee, the sergeants-at-arms, the presiders, and the TECA staff. The meeting was adjourned at 11:15.
Presentations from the annual meeting are available in the members’-only section of the website.
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