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Hopkinsville, Kentucky June 27th, 2017

Pennyrile Electric held its 80th annual meeting, June 27th, 2017, at the Western Kentucky Fairgrounds. Each member that attended the meeting was greeted by a Pennyrile Electric

employee and was given buckets and energy efficient light bulbs as they entered the meeting room. Free soft drinks and popcorn were available while bluegrass gospel musical guest, “The RidgeRunners” entertained the large crowd. At 5:30 p.m., Bryson Price, Chairman of the Board of Directors, called the meeting to order and welcomed the crowd of over 1,300 people. The colors were posted by Christian County High School ROTC, and Brother Sam Romines gave the invocation, with Halie Sawyers singing the National Anthem.

Pennyrile Electric’s Vice President/Member Services & Communications, Brent Gilkey emceed the event and made introductions of the guests.  Lee Harton, Attorney for the Cooperative, reported that a quorum was present as required by the Pennyrile RECC Bylaws.  The minutes of the previous annual meeting were approved, and Mr. Harton read the official Notice of Meeting and Proof of Publication.

Chris Perry, President of the Kentucky Association of Electric Cooperatives, was introduced and spoke about the Coops Vote program. He stressed the values of rural people and how voting makes their voices heard. Perry concluded his remarks by asking them to encourage others to vote as well as visit the website to get more information.

Following Perry, Tim Hughes, TVA Customer Service Manager, Kentucky, spoke and congratulated Pennyrile Electric on another successful year in serving its members and thanking them for the partnership with TVA.

Pennyrile Electric President & CEO, Greg Grissom, gave an update on Pennyrile Electric. Mr. Grissom talked about the cooperatives efforts to work safe. Grissom said the cooperative recently received the Governor’s Health and Safety Award for working over 441 days without a lost time accident. He also mentioned that members would see a slight increase in rates October 1st.

Gilkey recognized the recipients of Pennyrile Electric’s Scholarship program. Each recipient will receive a $1,000.00 scholarship for the fall semester. The recipients are: Grayson Ford, Matthew Skinner, Luther Carneyhan and Mark Hrudicka of the Cumberland District; Baleigh Ross, Claire Campbell, Shannon Moore and Katie Gamble of Western District; Haley Alexander, Leah Wiles and Dylan Eddleman of the Central District; and Aspen Arnold, Micah Naylor and David Coleman the Eastern District.

The six high school juniors that represented Pennyrile Electric on the 2017 Washington Youth Tour were recognized for their commitment to academics and their communities.  The students representing Pennyrile Electric this year are Autumn Stewart, Lydia Humphries, McKinley Griggs, Emma McReynolds, Carson Holmes and Isabella Erickson.

Results of the Board of Directors election were announced, with James L. Futrell, Duane

E. Moore, and Bryson Price being re-elected for three-year terms.

Following the adjournment of the meeting, drawings for eight $100.00 cash prizes were

held. The winner of the main prize (2010 Ford Explorer) was James Knight.

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