MONROE, Ga. – A near record number of Walton Electric Membership Corporation customer-owners recently took part in their cooperative’s annual meeting held at the Walton County Ag Education Center just south of Monroe.
The yearly event features a mix of fun and business by including prizes, entertainment and family activities along with organizational and financial status updates.
Another important function of the meeting is allowing customer-owners to participate in running their cooperative by electing representatives from among themselves to serve on the board of directors. Directors Johnny Allgood of the Southwest Walton district, Billy Ray Allen of the Mountain Park district and Dawn Taylor of the Five Forks-North Snellville district were re-elected to three-year terms.
Board Chair Dan Chelko told those attending that in 2015, customer-owners received a portion of the largest capital credit refund distributed in the company’s 80-year history.
"Who won the truck?" is probably the most-asked question following a Walton EMC annual meeting. The answer this year is Keith Stout of Monroe. Presenting the keys is, right, Walton EMC CEO Ronnie Lee.
“Last December we doubled our return to $10 million,” said Chelko.“ This is done through being lean, being efficient and making the best use of technology available.”
In his remarks, CEO Ronnie Lee explained dependable electric service requires a balanced approach.
“I’m sure you’ve heard people claiming that one energy source or the other is the answer to all our problems,” said Lee. “The truth is, there is no magic solution. It requires all our energy resources to do the job, including coal, natural gas, nuclear and solar.”
Lee assured attendees that the cooperative will continue to deliver electricity at the lowest possible cost. They also heard that Walton EMC’s system proved 99.99 percent reliable while enjoying the sixth lowest rates in Georgia over the past year.
Customer-owners and their families enjoyed a fun-filled morning that included entertainment, Kid’s Fest, a health fair and door prizes. Keith Stout of Monroe won the grand prize, a recycled Ford pickup.
Walton EMC is a customer-owned power company that serves 123,000 accounts over its 10-county service area between Atlanta and Athens.
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