(October 28, 2020) — Meriwether Lewis Electric Cooperative conducted its 81st Annual Meeting on Tuesday, October 27 at the Centerville River Park in Hickman County. In light of COVID-19 precautions, the cooperative held a single business session outside instead of its normal district meetings in each county.
“We miss gathering at local high schools, recognizing poster and scholarship winners, and spending time one-on-one with you,” said MLEC Board Chairman Jessie Wallace when calling the meeting to order. “We believe holding the meeting in this way is the right thing to do for everyone’s health and safety.”
Wallace shared that the only board position expiring in 2020 was in Humphreys County. Incumbent Andy Porch was the only member who filed to run for the position and was duly elected to another four-year term.
In his report, MLEC President and CEO Keith Carnahan shared how MLEC has continued serving throughout the pandemic and steps it has taken to help members deal with the virus’ financial impact. He also noted MLEC’s continued commitment to delivering safe, affordable, reliable power and expanding broadband.
Directors receiving service awards included Larry Mayberry (Humphreys County) 40 years; Dr. Jeff Peery (Lewis County) 25 years; Dr. Zack Hutchens (Hickman County) 10 years; and Wallace for 5 years. General Counsel John Lee Williams was also recognized for 40 years of service. Additionally, Perry County Director Ronny Averett and Porch were honored for achieving the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s Director Gold credential.
“It’s been a busy year, and as we move forward, MLEC remains laser focused on attaining even higher levels of service,” said Carnahan. “We thank our members for the trust you place in MLEC to help build brighter futures for our hometowns.”
MLEC is a member-owned, not-for-profit electric utility that serves more than 35,000 meters in Hickman, Houston, Humphreys, Lewis and Perry counties. Learn more about MLEC and MLConnect broadband internet at www.mlec.com.