It wasn’t always in April/May and it used to be held under a big tent behind WLAT radio station
In May of 1972, the Annual Meeting of Members of Horry Electric was held for the first time at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center. The facility on Oak Street was a big change from the ‘big tent behind Radio Station WLAT on Highway 501 West of Conway’. The quorum requirement to conduct business was met that year, but the turnout was lower than expected. The turnout the following year (1973) was also disappointing. “We had a quorum,” wrote W.G. Sarvis in his message to members announcing the date, time and site of the 1974 event. “But our crowd was not as large as we had anticipated,” he further explained.Sarvis, who served as trustee representative from District 6, was also president of the board of trustees at the time. He and the other members of the board of trustees moved the date from May to October when scheduling and making plans for the 1974 Annual Meeting of Members. Their decision was based on the low turnout in 1972 and 1973 and feedback from the membership.
Between 1974 and 1999, the Annual Meeting of Members was held in the Fall. The exact date was always dependent on the schedule for the Myrtle Beach Convention Center. After three consecutive years of having to cancel Annual Meeting due to hurricanes, the membership and board voted to move the Annual Meeting from Fall back to Spring.
“Our first Spring Annual Meeting was held on May 9, 2000,” says James P. “Pat” Howle, executive vice president and CEO of the Cooperative. “Since then, the dates scheduled for Annual Meeting have bounced around and have been as late as May 22 in 2007 and then as early as April 3 in 2012.” Because the date was dependent on other events scheduled at the Convention Center, there was no consistency with the date for Annual Meeting.
“Our move to our new venue solves the scheduling problem we’ve had,” says Howle. “Coastal Carolina has reserved the first Tuesday in May following graduation for the Annual Meeting of Members of Horry Electric for the next ten years.” The date for the 2014 Annual Meeting of Members will be May 13, 2014.