Gibson EMC's 82nd Annual Members' Meeting
Gibson EMC hosts large crowd at Annual Members' Meeting
Gibson Electric Membership Corporation hosted a large crowd of members and friends at its 82nd Annual Members' Meeting on April 5 at Lara Kendall School in Ridgely, Tennessee.
The featured performer, J.D. Shelburne, entertained the crowd with a variety of acoustic country, gospel and rock tunes. Members were served free barbecue and hot dog dinners, toured exhibits and participated in the business meeting.
Gibson EMC Board Chairman Steve Sanders opened the business meeting by thanking members for their participation and support. He also talked about the benefits of cooperative membership including local ownership and control through the member elected board of trustees.
Gibson EMC and Gibson Connect President and CEO Dan Rodamaker began his report by talking about the co-op’s commitment to improving members’ quality of life and building up their communities. “In the 1930s the people of this area formed Gibson EMC because they needed electricity,” he said. “Today, it’s the same situation, but the need is access to high-speed broadband internet service,” he explained. “You have a need and through your co-op’s not-for-profit subsidiary, Gibson Connect, we will collectively meet that need. Ultimately, you, will provide access and be able to purchase high-speed internet service, telephone and TV from yourself, from your own not-for-profit business,” Rodamaker said. “As your local member-owned and member-controlled cooperative, Gibson EMC is motivated to meet its members’ needs, not to make a profit.