DOBSON — Surry-Yadkin Electric Membership Corporation, the local electric cooperative, held its 75th Annual Meeting on Oct. 1 at Surry Central High School. More than 750 people showed up for the event to celebrate the electric cooperative’s rich history, which is deeply embedded in the community.
Before the meeting, attendees enjoyed taking a trip down memory lane as they were surrounded by black and white co-op photos, and displays of technological advancements in metering and lighting. Members wrapped up their experience by taking pictures in a photo booth to commemorate the occasion, and to add to the cooperative’s archive of historical photos.
The business meeting began at 10:30, and was called into order by Board President Lee Von Speaks. Business covered during the meeting included a report on the state of the cooperative, special recognitions, and the election of three directors: District 3 Director Willard Swift, District 8 Director David Miller, and District 10 Director Eddie Campbell. Each ran unopposed and were elected by motion during the business session.
A report on the state of the cooperative was offered by Executive Vice President and General Manager Greg Puckett. Puckett reflected on the results of some major projects that had been completed in the past year, including the expansion of the cooperative’s solar farm in Dobson.
Puckett wrapped up his address by recognizing special guests who were in attendance, board members and all co-op employees.
“Our employees support our board members, and our board members support employees. Everyone is here to accomplish the same goals,” Puckett said.
Surry-Yadkin Electric Membership Corporation is a locally owned, at-cost, not-for-profit electric cooperative. The cooperative provides electricity to 27,000 members in Surry, Yadkin, Stokes, Wilkes and Forsyth counties, and maintains 4,000 miles of distribution line. For more information about the co-op, visit their website: [syemc.com]syemc.com.