San Patricio Electric Cooperative's 2020 Annual Member Meeting - September 26, 2020
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, San Patricio Electric Cooperative’s Annual Membership Meeting on Saturday, September 26 was closed to member and pubic attendance. The meeting was recorded and is now available online.
The decision to close our meeting to public attendance was not one that was made lightly, but with an overwhelming desire to protect the health and safety of our members and employees. Although we missed the fellowship with our members this year, the circumstances of the world today required that we keep our distance. With the number of people that attend our Annual Meeting each year, it would have been difficult to maintain that required distance.
Although our Annual Meeting looked a little different this year, our director election continued as normal with online and mail-in ballots. We thank each of you who took the time to vote this year.
One of the purposes of our Annual Meeting is to connect with our members each year, and answer any questions you have about your cooperative. This connection was not something we were willing to sacrifice, so we provided a spot on our election ballots where members could submit questions they would like addressed at our Annual Meeting. Our General Manger, Ron Hughes, addresses those questions in the video above.
Door prizes are usually the highlight of our Annual Meeting each year. But in light of the hardships caused by the pandemic, SPEC chose to make donations instead of door prizes this year. In total, we provided $20,000 to local organizations that are directly helping our members with food and utility payment assistance in these difficult times. Recipients of these funds were the Coastal Bend Food Bank, the Community Action Council of South Texas, and the Community Action Corporation of South Central Texas. The total dollars for these donations were made possible through CoBank's Sharing Success program, which matches co-op donations to local non-profits.
We hope to hold our Annual Meeting face to face once again next year, but until then, please enjoy this Annual Meeting video and as always, thank you for your patronage.