It’s right around the corner, says Howle

Pat Howle

James P. “Pat” Howle
Executive Vice President and CEO

Annual Meeting 2013 planning continues

Annual Meeting planning has been a major focus at Horry Electric for several months. As promised, we’re keeping members updated as decisions are made and plans are put in place. We want everyone to be fully prepared for the  event, scheduled for Tuesday, May 14, at The HTC Center on the campus of Coastal Carolina University.

It’s your meeting
The Annual Meeting is important. It’s one of the best examples of how your membership matters. For us, it’s an opportunity to report our status, share our progress and announce future plans. We also get to meet members face-to-face rather than through voice, electronic or written communications.
For you, it’s an opportunity to proactively take part in the business meeting of your electric cooperative. There is a quorum requirement in order for business to be officially conducted, so we do everything we can to make attending the Annual Meeting of Members as convenient and rewarding as possible.

Registration gift increase
Only members who register, in person, to participate in the Annual Meeting of Members between the hours of noon and 7 p.m. on May 14 are eligible to receive the Registration Gift.  Once again, the Registration Gift is an electric bill credit. This year, the board of trustees decided to increase the amount from $15 to $25.

Change relieves concern
Attendance records are expected to be broken at our new meeting site. More members means more traffic. Not wanting traffic concerns to discourage members from coming, the board of trustees has removed the requirement that keeps people there until the last winning ticket is called in the prize drawing. Effective in 2013, members no longer have to be present at the time of the prize drawing in order to win. Each member who registers, in person, at the meeting during the designated hours for Registration, will not only qualify to get the Registration Gift, but will also be automatically entered into the prize drawing. Winners, if they are not present, will be notified by phone the following day.
Ironing out the details
Planning an event the size of our Annual Meeting is not an easy job. Parking, shuttle service and traffic logistics have been high on the list of priorities. A new construction project eliminated one of our planned parking areas, so we had to make adjustments. An updated plan will be provided in the April edition of South
Carolina Living magazine.

Traffic flow and logistics for the Registration and Voting areas are equally important. A drawing of that plan is provided on page 5 of this month’s edition of South Carolina Living and we’ll be posting it on our blog in a day or two.

We’ll see you May 14!

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