Category Archives: CEO Letter

New normal, new Annual Meeting

For the past eighty years, Palmetto Electric members have come together for the cooperative’s Annual Meeting.  It is the most important event for our cooperative each year—a time for members, employees and cooperative leadership to gather and discuss the business of our cooperative.

As you already know, this year’s Annual Meeting was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Palmetto Electric has been actively monitoring the COVID crisis and working to find a way to hold the meeting as soon and safely as possible.  Unfortunately, the risks associated with large crowds and COVID-19 will prevent us from hosting our meeting in the traditional way this year.  The health and safety of our members, employees and community is our top priority.  With that in mind, we have made changes to the format of the 2020 Annual Meeting.

Drive-thru registration and voting

Drive-thru registration and voting will be available Thursday, October 8 and Friday, October 9, from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. at the Ridgeland office.  Drive-thru registration will also be available Saturday, October 10, from noon-4 p.m. at the Ridgeland office.  Registration will be designed so that you never leave your vehicle, and Palmetto Electric employees will be adhering to all COVID safety precautions.  You will drive-thru to register and cast your ballot for director elections, proposed bylaw changes and a voting district question.  You will then receive a registration gift as you exit.  All members who register will be entered into the door prize drawings, which will be held at the conclusion of the Annual Meeting on Saturday, October 10.  Winners will be notified, and the results of the drawings will be posted on our website and Facebook page.

 Business meeting livestreamed

The business portion of the Annual Meeting will be held Saturday, October 10, beginning at 5 p.m.  The business meeting will be broadcast live on the cooperative’s website, as well as our Facebook page.  Members will be able to watch and participate in the meeting from the safety and comfort of home.  For those that are not able to view the meeting live, a recording of the meeting will be posted to the cooperative’s website.

Proposed bylaw changes and voting district questions

In 2019, the S.C. General Assembly passed governance reform legislation requiring electric cooperatives to implement several bylaw and policy changes, as well as new voting practices.  We have included the proposed bylaw changes, as well as the voting district questions for your review online here at palmetto.coop, as well as the September edition of South Carolina Living.  You will be asked to vote on both at the Annual Meeting.  Complete details regarding the 2020 Annual Meeting can be found online at palmetto.coop and on the cover wrap of the September issue of South Carolina Living.  A second official meeting notice will be mailed to all members the last week of September.

2020 has been a year full of  uncertainty and change for all of us.  While our Annual Meeting may be different this year, we feel this is a safe alternative to protect our employees and members, while still taking care of the cooperative’s business.   We want to personally thank you for your understanding, and we sincerely hope to see you driving through at the Annual Meeting! Stay safe!

The power to make a difference

SUMMERTIME IS officially here. Normally, by this time of year, our beautiful piece of South Carolina’s Lowcountry has been bustling with tourists for months. However, this year has looked a bit different due to COVID-19. In the spring, businesses throughout our service area were forced to close due to COVID-19 restrictions, leading many laid offContinue Reading

To the factor of cooperation

1 great idea x 30 years x 327 co-ops nationwide Let’s call it the Co-op Multiplication Factor. That’s when you take one great idea, multiply it by 327 electric cooperatives and carry the benefits forward for 30 years. In 1989, Palmetto Electric had a bright idea, Operation Round Up. The brainchild of my predecessor, formerContinue Reading

Powering our communities

I AM PROUD that Palmetto Electric Cooperative has taken an active, leadership role in fostering economic development and progress for Beaufort, Hampton and Jasper counties. We work together and even serve as representatives to our regional and local economic development organizations, as well as statewide groups like the SC Power Team and the State DepartmentContinue Reading

COMMUNICATION IS KEY

Helping you stay safe before, during and after the storm LIVING IN THE LOWCOUNTRY, we know that dangerous storms can occur at any time, especially during hurricane season. As we head into the heart of the 2019 hurricane season, you can take comfort in knowing that Palmetto Electric is hoping for the best, but alwaysContinue Reading

RECOGNIZING 65 YEARS OF SERVICE

CHANGE COMES whether we are ready or not. Sometimes we’re given a little time to adjust.  Other times we just have to make do as we work through unexpected challenges. Lately, your co-op’s leadership has been dealing with both situations. One of our long-time directors, Jimmie D. McMillan of Hampton County, in June announced hisContinue Reading

SMALL CHANGE IS STILL CHANGING LIVES

BECAUSE ELECTRIC COOPERATIVES are owned by their members, we strive to be a vital part of the communities we serve.   Concern for Community is one of the Seven Cooperative Principles that we take very seriously here at Palmetto Electric. Because of our members’ generosity, we are able to show our concern for community through programsContinue Reading

CELEBRATING THE COOPERATIVE DIFFERENCE

THANK YOU to the 3,989 members who braved the weather and attended our Annual Meeting, Saturday, May 4 at our Ridgeland office.  It is always my pleasure to visit with you and discuss the current condition of your cooperative.  Accountability and the cooperative difference was the resounding theme of this year’s meeting.  If you weren’tContinue Reading

INNOVATION AND PREPARING FOR THE FUTURE

As Palmetto Electric’s mission clearly states, we are committed to delivering reliable energy and innovative related services to our members. In order to do this, we continue to make improvements and additions to our electrical system as the need arises. On December 18, 2018, a new distribution substation was energized in Jasper County. Distribution substationsContinue Reading

PUTTING IT ALL ON THE LINE

IMAGINE WAKING UP to a phone call in the middle of the night. Rain is pouring and wind is howling, but you’re ready to brave the storm and do your job. This is the reality lineworkers who serve Palmetto Electric and other cooperatives face on a regular basis. While we appreciate our extraordinary lineworkers everyContinue Reading