Farmers RECC Annual Meeting 2019
Farmers RECC held their Annual Meeting on July 11, 2019 at the Cave City Convention Center with Nashville group ‘Rockland Road’ providing entertainment while members registered. After the presentation of colors by the Barren County JROTC, National Anthem, sung by ‘Rockland Road,’ and recognition of local veterans, the business meeting was called to order.
The state of the Cooperative was reported to the membership by Farmers RECC’s President and CEO, Bill Prather.
Mr. Prather reminded the members about the mission of Farmers RECC to provide reliable and competitively-priced energy services to enhance the quality of life for their members and communities. Mr. Prather shared some statistics about the cooperative with the members, including that they serve enough miles of line to stretch from Glasgow, KY to Butte, Montana and back again! Mr. Prather also shared that Farmers RECC had been successful in significantly reducing average member outage time to a record low in 2018,and that the Cooperative’s rates were very competitive with other area utilities.
Mr. Prather also emphasized the continued focus on sustainable energy in the form of Cooperative Solar and gave an update on the Glasgow Landfill Gas-to-Energy Plant, which is generating enough energy to power 500 homes per year. Mr. Prather also discussed the strong culture of safety at Farmers RECC, and that employees had earned their sixth Governor’s Safety and Health Award in 2018 and had completed the year with no lost time accidents.
After the business meeting, Farmers RECC’s Washington Youth Tour students were recognized. Each year, Farmers RECC sends four deserving high school juniors to Washington D.C. to visit U.S. congressional members, attend energy and grassroots government education sessions, and visit historic sites throughout Washington, D.C. The 2019 Washington Youth Tour delegates were: Dalton Shirley, son of Brian and Sarah Shirley of Glasgow; Juliana Bastien, daughter of David and Cristiane Bastien of Glasgow; Tristen Miles, son of William and Maria Miles of Munfordville; and Konnor Gallagher, daughter of Matt and Kandis Gallagher of Edmonton.
Eight Farmers RECC Scholarships were also awarded to students via random drawing. They were: Murphy Faller, of Smiths Grove, daughter of Chris and Sheila Eaton; Laynie Smith, daughter of Kevin and Kristie Smith of Glasgow; Jaidyn Nicole Franklin, daughter of Tyrone Franklin and Charity Ford of Glasgow; Saylor Botts, daughter of Jason and Brandy Botts of Glasgow; Katelynn Bunnell, daughter of David and Deborah Bunnell of Horse Cave; Rance Miller, son of Jimmy and Angie Miller of Cub Run; Maggie O’Leary, daughter of Thomas and Lakettia O’Leary of Edmonton; and Brilyn Garrett, daughter of Brian and Susan Garrett of Edmonton.