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2016 Coastal Electric Cooperative Annual Meeting of Members

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Jackie Dixon (left) of Midway was the winner of the $1,000 cash grand prize. His ticket was drawn from a basket of 603 registered members. CEO Whit Hollowell and emcee Dawn Baker of WTOC presented the “photo” check. The real money is in the envelope

Coastal Electric Cooperative held its 76th Annual Meeting on June 2 at Midway Middle School in Midway. The 603 members attending were entertained by popular WTOC-TV anchor Dawn Baker, who served as emcee.

Coastal CEO Whit Hollowell told members about the cooperative’s new office in Richmond Hill, which opened this year in a former bank building to serve members in that area and provide a backup system for the Midway headquarters in the event of an emergency. Hollowell said Coastal has grown by more than 1,000 members in the past year, and is one of the fastest-growing co-ops in the state.

Hollowell also discussed the recently passed House Bill 767 (the Move Over for Linemen bill) and the Co-ops Vote initiative. “Make your voice known,” he told members. “We think our politicians will take notice.”

Directors Stephen Mullice, Billy Bland and Kyle Christiansen, all running unopposed, were re-elected to three-year terms on the board.

Nine employees, whose combined experience with the cooperative is 150 years, were presented service awards at the meeting.

After the meeting, members were served a take-out lunch of fried Georgia white shrimp.