The 79th Annual Meeting of the Members of Southwest Electric Cooperative was held on Saturday, September 22, 2018, in Mabee Chapel, on the campus of Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Missouri.
Attendance was recorded at 1,112 registered members. With additional family members and guests the total in attendance was estimated at about 2,000 attendees.
James Ashworth, CEO/general manager, presented the Manager’s Report, which included information about the Cooperative’s year in review along with the current status as well as the challenges and opportunities of the future. Ashworth announced the Cooperative will be paying back $2.4 million to complete the patronage retirement for 1996. Members who had service with the Cooperative in 1996 should receive their capital credit check in December of this year.
During the meeting, three cooperative members, Jack Bybee of Hickory County, Eddie Ben Gorden of Polk County and Michael Frieze of Greene County, were elected by the members to serve three-year terms on the Cooperative’s Board of Directors.
Refreshments including cinnamon rolls, doughnuts and drinks were served. More than 60 prizes were given to registered members in attendance at the meeting. Businesses and contractors provided the majority of the prizes as a show of appreciation for the cooperative’s business. In addition to these prizes, four special drawings were held for boys and girls 12 and under for new bicycles.
The Board of Directors, staff and employees of Southwest Electric Cooperative would like to thank every member who demonstrated their support by attending this year’s meeting and look forward to seeing you again at the 80th Annual Meeting in 2019!
Below, a view from the fountain in front of Mabee Chapel on the campus of Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar: