This year’s Annual Meeting was one for the record books! Due to the continued uncertainty of the current COVID-19 pandemic and with the health and safety of our members and employees in mind, Palmetto Electric’s 2021 Annual Meeting was once again drive-thru registration and voting.
Drive-thru registration and voting
A record-breaking 5,067 members were registered at the 2021 Annual Meeting, held April 29, 30 and May 1 at the Ridgeland office. Members were able to drive-thru, register, and cast a vote for Board Director elections. Palmetto Electric employees were on hand to distribute registration gifts and assist members with any questions.
Business meeting livestreamed
The business portion of the Annual Meeting was held Saturday, May 1, beginning at 5 p.m. The business meeting was broadcast live, here, on the cooperative’s website, as well as our Facebook page. Members were able to watch and participate in the meeting from the safety and comfort of home.
“Dedication to our members and community during a year of adversity” was the resounding theme of this year’s meeting and focused on ways the Cooperative committed itself to helping the community and our membership during an incredibly trying year. The business meeting, livestreamed online only, highlighted some of the ways Palmetto Electric put this dedication into action.
- In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Cooperative was flexible in our established programs and policies. The non-payment disconnect policy was suspended for almost three months, $3.5 million in Capital Credits was returned early, and the 2020 Annual Meeting was restructured to a drive-thru and virtual format to accommodate members safely
- In April of 2020, a powerful EF4 tornado brought devastation to Hampton County. Palmetto Electric not only worked around the clock to restore power, but also donated coolers filled with ice and $10,000 to aid in relief efforts. Cooperative crews also provided assistance in Louisiana, following Hurricane Laura and Hurricane Delta
- The Cooperative continued to help the community by giving generously to those in need. The Give 5 initiative raised more than $116,838 to help those faced with hardship caused by the pandemic, and Shop with the Co-op provided Christmas gifts for seven local children. During the holidays, Palmetto Electric’s community outreach group WIRE (Women Involved in Rural Electrification) contributed toys, canned goods and monetary donations to Bluffton Self Help, while cooperative employees collected and delivered blankets to local nursing centers
- The Cooperative received a score of 90 on the American Customer Satisfaction Index Survey (ACSI). This is four out of the past five years that Palmetto has scored a 90 or higher, in comparison to the average Touchstone Energy cooperative score of 75.
- Board of Directors incumbents William J. Nimmer (Beaufort County, Position 1), Nicholas T. Gohagan (Hampton County, Position 1) and Eunice F. Spilliards (Jasper County, Position 1) all ran unopposed and were re-elected. David L. White (Beaufort County, Position 2), who also ran unopposed, was elected to fill the seat vacated by Mr. Henry Driessen, who resigned earlier this year. Board officers re-elected included Jeremiah E. Vaigneur, chairman; C. Alex Ulmer, vice chairman; and Eunice F. Spilliards, secretary-treasurer.
2021 Annual Meeting Door Prize Winners
- GRAND PRIZE, 2015 Ford Escape: Harry Sharp
- Lifetime Teton Angler Kayak with Paddle: Gregg Davis
- iRobot Braava Robot Mop: Charles Brown
- TCL 55” 6 Series 4K UHD Roku Smart TV: Angela Murdaugh
- Instant Pot Pro Crisp + Air Fryer: Barbara Henry
- Weber Q 1200 Portable Gas Grill & Cart: Mark Hicks
- YETI Haul Hard Cooler: Eunice Crosby
- EGO Battery Powered Leaf Blower Kit: Angela Dixon
- $100 Visa Gift Card: Eugene Dupont Jr.
- $100 Walmart Gift Card: Marianne Smith
- $100 Walmart Gift Card: Jamie E. Sanders
- $100 ACE Hardware Gift Card: Helen Stanley
- $100 ACE Hardware Gift Card: Michael Wallick