Hamilton County EC Annual Membership Meeting
Friendly co-op employees
greet guests with smiles on their faces
claims the grand prize,
a 50-inch Vizio HDTV, on behalf of
her father, Glen Manning of Gatesville
P.M. (Bubba) Gerald Jr.
reported on the cooperative’s 2016 revenues and margin
and concluded his speech with a humorous story
Attendees were treated to a delicious fried fish and barbecue dinner catered by J&M’s Hill Country BBQ of Gatesville
Lori Belcher from Hico
sang a beautiful
rendition of the national anthem
Michael Schrank from Hamilton
joined the band onstage for a lively
impromptu dance to “Big Ball’s in Cowtown.”
HAMILTON COUNTY ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE CELEBRATED
78 years of providing electric service at our annual membership meeting Friday, August 4. Friendly co-op employees, dressed in matching mint green shirts, guided arriving guests to parking spaces and provided a fun ride right to the entrance doors. A delicious meal was served to all, and co-op members received a jumbo cooler bag at the registration desk before going into the auditorium. Early arrivals were entertained by drawings for drink tumblers and rain gauges, and by the Jason Roberts Band before the meeting was called to order.
The meeting was held in the Chandler Craig Auditorium at Hamilton ISD High School. A total of 512 members registered, and more than 900 people attended altogether. Board President P.M. Gerald Jr. called the meeting to order at 7 p.m. The invocation was given by Pastor Keith Reich of St. John Lutheran Church. Following the invocation, the national anthem was sung by Lori Belcher, and General Manager Steve Young led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Young introduced the board of directors and their wives. All directors were present for the meeting. Young recognized retired director Leon Vernon and his wife, Judy. He also recognized Linda Comer, daughter of retired director Jack Elam, who celebrated his 100th birthday in January. Young acknowledged retired employees and introduced special guests Philip Segrest with Segrest & Segrest law firm, Gary Kafer from Rep. J.D. Sheffield’s office and NRECA Senior Field Representative Steve Csobaji. He then turned the meeting over to Gerald.
Gerald welcomed everyone and thanked them for coming.He reminisced about annual meetings held many years ago, on the first Friday in August at the Hamilton ISD football field.
Gerald informed the members that a warmer-than-average winter and not-as-hot summer had resulted in a $1.8 million reduction of revenue. This caused the cooperative’s margin to decline $470,995. The good news is, with normal weather returning, revenues should be sufficient to meet margin requirements. In the meantime, the co-op’s management and board of directors are determined to keep costs as low as possible, along with great employees who help keep the lights on.The cooperative is very proud of its employees.
In his concluding statements, Gerald commented, “Now, instead of sweltering in uncomfortable, hot bleachers at the football field like our predecessors, we are cool, well-fed and comfortable while we enjoy the rest of the evening.” He ended his speech with a humorous story and turned the meeting over to Segrest.
Segrest conducted the business portion of the annual membership meeting. One order of business was to announce the results of the election of directors. He reported that the cooperative had 11,863 members at the time ballots were mailed out. Members returned 990 ballots. Segrest reminded the audience that each member’s name and address must be included on the ballot envelope for their vote to be counted. He stated that all mail-in ballots were required to be received by noon on August 4 at the main office of Hamilton County EC,and all ballots were counted the same day at the cooperative’s main office, beginning at 1 p.m.
Segrest reported that, as general counsel for the co-op, he observed the ballot counting and tabulation of votes. He also attested that he had been provided a Certification of Election Results certifying that the following individuals were elected as directors: Henry Langford, Place 4; Sam Campbell, Place 6; and Melvin Eilers Jr., Place 7. Segrest congratulated the elected directors and turned the meeting back over to Young.
Young acknowledged the co-op’s employees for the enormous amount of preparation they did for the meeting and recognized their hard work during the entire year. He also thanked the members for taking time out of their busy schedules to attend the meeting and for their support throughout the year.
Young asked for a moment of silence for Susan Reinert, a co-op employee who passed away this year. She worked for Hamilton County EC April 21, 2008–June 6, 2017. Susan was a special person, and we will miss her.
Young adjourned the 2017 annual membership meeting at 7:20 p.m. and welcomed back to the stage the Jason Roberts Band. After the entertainment, the drawing for attendance prizes was conducted by Joe Raibourn, director of office services.Glenn Manning of Gatesville was the winner of a 50-inch Vizio LED HDTV. Les Griffin of Lometa was the winner of a M&M-estimation contest prize, a $100 Visa gift card. Four kids’ prizes were awarded in the kids’ prize drawing, and 77 prizes were awarded in the main prize drawing.
The meeting was a huge success, in part due to the generosity of a couple of local businesses. Billy Lawson with Lawson Implement provided the John Deere Gators used by HCEC staff to transport people from their cars to the air-conditioned buildings. KCLW 900 AM radio station announced details of the meeting during the two weeks beforehand.
Several Hamilton County EC vendors donated prizes. Texas Electric Cooperatives generously contributed 29 prizes. Gift cards were donated by Solomon Corporation, Lower Colorado River Authority, The Nitsche Group, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association and Horton Tree Trimming. Emerald Transformer donated a Mississippi gift bag, and JM TEST Systems donated a Pelican Elite cooler.
Hamilton County EC is very thankful for the use of the Hamilton ISD Junior High cafeteria, the high school cafeteria and commons area, and the Chandler Craig Auditorium. We appreciate the assistance Patricia Leach provided with the audiovisual technology and help in obtaining tables and chairs.
Much praise goes out to J&M’s Hill Country BBQ for the fantastic job they did in preparing the fried catfish, barbecue, dessert and all the fixings that went along with the meal. Dinner was served in both the Hamilton Junior High cafeteria and the high school commons area. The Hamilton ISD kitchen staff was a great help in the cafeterias.
The Jason Roberts Band entertained the audience with traditional country, Western swing and cowboy country music. Two-time Grammy award-winner Jason Roberts played fiddle and mandolin and was the lead vocalist, singing many of the songs featured on his solo albums Texas Fiddle Man and That’s My Home. Michael Schrank of Hamilton joined the band onstage and performed a lively impromptu dance to a Bob Wills song, Big Ball’s in Cowtown.
Hamilton County EC appreciates your attendance at the 78th annual membership meeting. The meeting is always a great opportunity for us to see and meet our members. We hope you had a good time and enjoyed the event. We hope to see you at next year’s annual meeting, August 3, 2018.
HAMILTON COUNTY ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE ASSOCIATION
78TH ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING
FRIDAY, AUGUST 4, 2017
Hamilton ISD Chandler Craig Auditorium
611 South College Street, Hamilton, Texas
Hamilton County Electric Cooperative invites all our Members to attend the 78th Annual Membership Meeting, August 4 at the Hamilton ISD Chandler Craig Auditorium. For directions, please refer to the map.
REGISTRATION will begin at 4:30 p.m. at the Hamilton ISD Junior High
A registration card will be mailed to each Member July 12, along with the ballot for the Director Election. Be sure to bring your registration card with you to avoid waiting in line to register. The registration card will also be entered for door-prize drawings. Members must be present to win prizes. The grand prize is a large screen TV.
DINNER will be served 5:00-6:15 p.m. in the Hamilton ISD Junior High Cafeteria
A catfish and barbecue dinner will be catered by J&M Hill Country Bar-B-Q.
BUSINESS MEETING will begin at 7 p.m. at the Chandler Craig Auditorium
You will hear information on the operation of your Cooperative, results of the director elections and highlights of co-op accomplishments made throughout the year.
Grammy Award-winning, fiddle player Jason Roberts brings his signature style to the
Jason Roberts Band, delighting fans the world over. (Photo Credit: Lisa Pollard)
The Jason Roberts Band features world-class musicians, including two-time Grammy Award-winner Jason Roberts on fiddle, mandolin and lead vocalist. Jason plays traditional country, Western Swing, and cowboy country. Band members include Albert Quaid-bass, Tony Ramsey-drums, and Dave Biller-steel guitar.
Jason Roberts spent his childhood among legends in Texas honky-tonks – and then nearly 20 years with the world-famous band Asleep at the Wheel –to soak up the very best of Western Swing, straight-ahead country, and jazz. When Jason teamed up with world-class talents to launch the Jason Roberts Band, fan response from around the world was immediate and tremendous. Jason’s latest CD, That’s My Home, received rave reviews, with Country Music People describing it as a 5-star “triumph.”
With four individual Hall of Fame inductions under his belt, this fiddle player turned front man has fans delighted and dance floors full. For most of his life, Jason has delighted audiences around the world. From the White House to The David Letterman Show and the Kennedy Center to Bob Wills’ hometown of Turkey, Texas, Jason has helped keep the spirit of Western Swing alive across generations. His fiddle magic and endearing personality make him a fan favorite everywhere he plays.
We hope you will come out and help us celebrate 78 years of providing electric service.
78th ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING
- Call to Order
- National Anthem and Pledge of Allegiance
- Introduction of Directors and Guests
- President’s Opening Remarks
- Order of Business Including Director Election Results
- Manager's Comments and Adjournment
- Drawing for Prizes