Farmers RECC Annual Meeting Recap
Farmers RECC held their Annual Meeting on July 12, 2018 at the Cave City Convention Center with Nashville group ‘Martin Family Circus’ providing entertainment while members registered. After the presentation of colors by the Barren County JROTC, National Anthem, sung by ‘Martin Family Circus,’ 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 stated that the Farmers RECC was celebrating its’ 80th anniversary during 2018 and shared several historical photographs with the crowd of some of the cooperative’s early annual meetings and fleet.
Mr. Prather also drew comparisons between the costs of everyday items when the cooperative was formed, versus their costs now. For instance, a gallon of gas averaged around 10 cents in 1939. Today the cost would be approximately $2.50. However, the cost of electricity hasn’t changed as drastically, increasing from 8 cents per kWh in 1939 to 10.6 cents per kWh today. Mr. Prather also emphasized the continued focus on safety at Farmers RECC as well as improving reliability and continuing to serve the members of the cooperative and improving their lives.
After the business meeting, Farmers RECC’s Washington Youth Tour students were recognized. Each year, Farmers RECC sends three deserving high school juniors to Washington D.C. to visit U.S. congressional members, energy and grassroots government education sessions and go sightseeing in Washington, D.C. The 2018 Washington Youth Tour delegates were: Gavin Atkinson, son of Tonya Johnson and Scott Atkinson of Glasgow; Leah Thompson, daughter of Tommy and Beth Thompson of Center; Makena McMurtrey, daughter of Ted and Leah McMurtrey, Jr. of Glasgow and Dalton Green, son of Don and Cindy Green of Hardyville. Makena and Dalton were unable to attend as they were both participating in the Governor’s Scholars program.
Seven Farmers RECC Scholarships were awarded to students via random drawing. They were: Spencer Steenbergen, son of Todd and Ann Steenbergen of Glasgow; Trevor Peden, son of Don and Cynthia Peden of Coral Hill; Ethan Chenoweth, son of Jason Chenoweth and Susan Chenoweth of Glasgow; Dallas Bailey, daughter of Darrell and Sheryl Bailey of Horse Cave; Mercedes Logsdon, daughter of David and Donna Logsdon of Cub Run; Riley Gardner, son of Darren Gardner and Denise Combs of Center and Dakota Jones, son of Ronnie and Nancy Jones of Center.