82nd Annual Meeting: Saturday, September 8th, 2018

82nd Annual Meeting: Saturday, September 8th, 2018

The 82nd Annual Meeting of Cullman Electric Cooperative will take place Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, at Northbrook Baptist Church, starting at 8 a.m. Registration and activities will conclude at 11 a.m., at which time the business meeting will begin in the church sanctuary.

All Cullman Electric Cooperative members will receive their annual meeting packet in the mail this month, including a registration card, ballot and return envelope. Members also have the option to register and vote at the meeting.

Prizes

Co-op members who attend the meeting will receive a $15 power bill credit and enter to win the grand prize drawing for a 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Members who register — either by mail or at the meeting — will be included with the drawing for one of 20 $100 bill credits.

Activities

Co-op members and their guests can enjoy a variety of free activities from 8-11 a.m. at the annual meeting.

• Free hot dogs, drinks and popcorn.

• Cullman Regional health fair.

• Inflatables, rides, arts & crafts and other activities for children.

• Lineman photo booth and interactive display.

Entertainment

Gold City, one of the premiere Southern Gospel groups in the country, will be in concert at the annual meeting, starting at 9 a.m. The Gadsden-based quartet has recorded numerous number one songs, and earned fan and industry awards throughout its four decades of performing. Through it all, Gold City remains down-to-earth, grounded in their southern roots, and committed to continuing their mission of delivering power-packed four-part harmonies and singing songs that are meaningful, entertaining, inspiring, and uplifting.

Board of Trustees election

Three positions on the co-op board of trustees are up for election. Phillip Garrison and Jeremy Hopper are running in District 1. Robert Tidwell (District 3) and Dr. Lisa Weeks (District 5) are running unopposed.

Candidate profiles

DISTRICT 1 — Phillip Garrison worked at J & R Feed Service for 35 years, where he oversees daily production and customer service. He has also helped manage a poultry farm for 39 years, operated a bee and honey business (GoldVine Farms) for 20 years and worked with beef cattle for more than 50 years.           

Garrison is past president of the Alabama Beekeeper Association, president of the Cullman County Beekeeper Association and past president of the Cullman County Farmers Federation. Honors include being named 2011 ALFA Farm of Distinction, 2012 Cullman Farm-City Family of the Year and 2013 Alabama Beekeeper of the Year.             

Garrison is a graduate of Wallace State Community College and the Mississippi State University Tristate Management Course. He is a member and deacon of Seventh Street Baptist Church, and is active in both the Lions Club and Cullman Farm-City Committee.             

“I have seen a lot of great changes and a better way of life because of Cullman Electric Cooperative. My experience in business and farming gives me the ability to contribute to this co-op, and make it stronger and better in my district. I have enjoyed serving as a Trustee for the past two and a half years, and I look forward to serving as your Trustee again.”            

Garrison has earned the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association Credentialed Cooperative Director certificate and is working toward the Board Leadership certificate

DISTRICT 1 — Jeremy Hopper has worked in the landscaping industry for more than a decade. Since 2007 he has been the owner and manager of 9 Yards Landscaping, providing professional lawn, shrub, lighting and irrigation services to homes and businesses across the region. He recently purchased Hunter Sod Farm in Fairview and changed the name to Tennessee Valley Sod. Hopper and his wife are also co-owners of Loft 212, an event venue in downtown Cullman.             

Hopper is graduate of West Point High School and Wallace State Community College. His personal interests include fishing and exercise, and traveling and spending time with his family.            

Hopper believes his experience as a successful business owner would make him a valuable asset on the Cullman Electric Cooperative Board of Trustees.           

“I have successfully owned and operated numerous businesses and feel like I have the knowledge to be in a position where I am a valuable asset to the customers of the co-op as well as the business of the co-op,” Hopper said. “I work very hard at my job to make sure my customers are satisfied in all areas of my service, and they know they can always call me if there is ever a problem with their service. I’m an outgoing person and not afraid to work hard to get the job done.”

DISTRICT 3 — Robert Tidwell is a graduate of Cullman High School and Auburn University. He holds a B.S. degree in business administration & accounting. He serves as finance manager for General Dynamics Global Imaging Technologies with responsibilities for the Cullman and Rochester Hills, Mich., facilities.  In his career, he has worked with national, state and local governments to bring jobs and enhancements to the Cullman Electric Cooperative service area.           

Tidwell is a member of Northbrook Baptist Church where he serves as a member of the choir and music praise team. He is married to the former Glenda Smith and they have three children, Trey (Erin), Will (Jennifer) and Emmalee, and two granddaughters, Emma Grace and Ana Beth Tidwell.           

“It is an honor to serve the members of Cullman Electric Cooperative,” Tidwell said. “During my time on the board of trustees, we’ve been able to utilize the co-op’s resources responsibly to enhance service and reliability, making Cullman Electric one of the best co-op’s in the country.”             

Tidwell has successfully completed the curriculums for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association Credentialed Cooperative Director, Leadership Certification and Gold Leadership Certification.

DISTRICT 5 — Dr. Lisa Weeks is the owner of Weeks Chiropractic Clinic in Cullman and has been a chiropractic physician for 31 years. She earned her Doctorate of Chiropractic from Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa. She is a graduate of Athens State University, Wallace State Community College and Holly Pond High School.            

Weeks currently serves on the Cullman Parks & Recreation Foundation, and the Wallace State Community College Foundation Board. She is a member of the Cullman Area Chamber of Commerce and the Wallace State Alumni Association.              

“Being a life-long resident of the Cullman area, I have a personal interest in working for the betterment of the community in which I live and work. I will continue to take my fiduciary responsibility very seriously and will continue a relationship of trust and confidence between Cullman Electric Cooperative and its’ members.”             

Weeks has successfully completed the curriculums for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association Credentialed Cooperative Director, Leadership Certification and Gold Leadership Certification.

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