Belote, Browning and Nock re-elected at A&N's 77th Annual Meeting
A&N Electric Cooperative President and CEO Butch Williamson, center, speaks with ODEC President and CEO Jack Reasor, left, and former A&N Electric CEO Vernon Brinkley prior to the start of the Cooperative's 77th Annual Meeting at Nandua High School.
As summer breezes waved an American flag held atop a co-op bucket truck, A&N Electric Cooperative (ANEC) President & CEO Butch Williamson welcomed attendees to the cooperative’s 77th Annual Meeting, held on Thursday evening, Aug. 24 at Nandua High School in Onley.
Board Chairman Addison W. Nottingham, Jr. honored two board members who’d passed away in recent months: Mildred “Millie” Mason, founder of ANEC’s Members Helping Members Program, and James G. Collins, who most recently served as the cooperative’s board chairman. Collin’s wife, Odelle, accepted a commemorative gavel, receiving a warm round of applause from the audience.
Nottingham announced that the board recently voted to retire $1.9 million in capital credits, which will be returned to the cooperative’s membership in the form of a refund on their August 2017 electric bill.
In 2016, the cooperative implemented a completely paperless workflow system and launched a new cyber security program to ensure that staff remains ahead of potential threats to the organization. The cooperative has made many improvements to enhance its system reliability in 2016 to include getting its Red Bank Substation online and providing numerous system upgrades to its existing substations and distribution lines, Nottingham said.
Williamson outlined progress on a four-part strategic plan to focus on member engagement, sustainability, innovative technologies and affordability.
“We recognize that you depend on us for the electricity that powers your homes and businesses and without it, your quality of life and ability to earn a living are affected. We’ll continue our efforts to keep your electricity on and affordable and maintain your trust and confidence.” Williamson said.
He also announced a plan to partner with other regional cooperatives to make community solar available to members in the coming year and said A&N will be looking into financial requirements necessary to ensure the on-going operation of the cooperative.
Old Dominion Electric Cooperative President and CEO Jack Reasor gave a presentation on current electric cooperative projects around the region including the Wildcat Point energy generation facility, which is located in Maryland, and the 20 megawatt Cherrydale solar farm facility being constructed near Eastville. ODEC has entered into a power purchase agreement with Dominion Energy to buy the offtake of the Cherrydale facility, upon its completion.
Cooperative attorney Henry P. Custis, Jr. conducted board elections. In addition to 2,593 votes cast by proxy, the 174 members present re-elected Robert L. Nock of Parksley, James N. Belote, III of Onancock, and R. Wayne Browning of Belle Haven.
Patsy Goard, who has served as ANEC’s Youth Tour chaperone for more than two decades, introduced the five high school students who participated in this year’s event. Attendees then enjoyed a video with highlights of this NRECA leadership development program that gathers co-op youth from around the nation for a week in Washington D.C., including a meeting with Congressman Scott Taylor and Changing of the Guard ceremony at Arlington Cemetery.
A&N Electric Cooperative Boar Chairman Addison Nottingham presents Odelle Collins with a commemorative gavel an plaque in memory of her husband James G. Collins who recently served as the cooperative's board chairman.
James N. Belote III
R. Wayne Browning
Robert L. Nock