Nearly 10,000 people attended the 76th-annual Membership Meeting of South Kentucky RECC held on June 5 at the co-op farm in Pulaski County. There were about 2,436 members registered.
As with years past, there were educational and informative exhibits for those in attendance to visit, including health booths, civic organizations, and businesses and many others. In addition, members were treated to some wonderful gospel music this year with opening act gospel group Kentucky Mountain Trio.
One of the themes of this year’s meeting was Action.Coop, a response to the Environmental Protection Agency’s new regulations regarding carbon emissions at new and existing coal-fired power plants. South Kentucky RECC and electric companies throughout the state and region are asking EPA to take a common-sense approach to carbon reduction. Gabe Snow, Political Advocate for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, spoke on the recently released regulations and how they would affect Kentucky electric cooperative members, coal workers, and industry overall.
Following Snow’s explanation of the regulations, he introduced America’s Got Talent contestant Jimmy Rose, from Pineville, Ky., who sang his original song, “Coal Keeps the Lights On.”
Featured entertainment was country music superstar group Lonestar, who has had nine number one hits, including: "No News", "Come Cryin' to Me", "Amazed", and more. They provided a fantasic concert that included all their no. 1 hits.
One of the highlights of each year’s annual meeting is the presentation of the flags of the United States and state of Kentucky. Five SKRECC linemen Brad Coffey, Derek Maurath, Jack Willis, Barney Singleton, and Adam Neal climbed a pole set in the middle of the grounds and, with the help of lineman Ricky Bowling and Safety Supervisor Eddie Black, handed up the flags and displayed them at the top followed by the National Anthem.