GreyStone members will enjoy a rate reduction in 2016, President/CEO Gary Miller told members at their 78th Annual Meeting of Members. “As the result of a multi-year process of negotiating a new power supply project, we received very effective pricing that will provide affordable power you need for many years to come. Because of this we will be restructuring our rates which will result in a rate reduction beginning in spring of next year,” said Miller. “You can expect to pay less next year than you did this year for power.”
More than 2,000 GreyStone Power members and their families attended the meeting Oct. 10. The event had 905 registered members in attendance.
Members gathered at GreyStone’s Douglasville office for the festivities, which included an Energy Efficiency Expo, food and retail vendors, as well as a Health Fair.
The amusement area kept families busy with inflatables for children, a teacup ride, games, balloon artists and face painters. Children had the chance to learn about using electricity safely when employees presented interactive “Safety City” demonstrations.
Children were able to learn how to avoid injuries by visiting the “Safe Kids” tent.
Members enjoyed a free Chick-fil-A® biscuit while they listened to a musical performance from rising country star Brent Rupard.
This year’s Energy Efficiency Expo included multiple seminars presented by GreyStone’s Residential Energy Services department. Seminar topics included “The Importance of Changing Filters” and “All Things Solar.”
Several business owners who provide Co-op Connections® Card (CCC) discounts to GreyStone members were present at the event. Participating vendors included Williamson Bros. Bar-B-Q, Yogli Mogli, Mill Town Music Hall and Stallings Insurance Agency.
During the business portion of the meeting, Miller reported on the co-op’s achievements for the past year, including keeping electricity affordable. “The Public Service Commission released that for summer 2015, GreyStone ranked the seventh lowest cost provider among all 41 EMCs in Georgia for those members using 1,000 kilowatt hours monthly, and 11th among all 94 electric providers in Georgia,” Miller said.
During the business meeting, Credential and Elections Chairman Jack Clower announced that Genevieve Cole won a contested race against Mark Crowe, decided by mail-in ballot, for the District 1 seat, which includes portions of Paulding and Bartow counties. Cole has served the banking industry through a 41-year banking career and as a bank director for 14 years. She is currently serving Georgia Heritage Bank for 11 years as a member of the Board of Directors, CEO, President and Organizer.
Members present at the meeting elected Neal Dettmering by voice vote to represent District 4, which includes portions of Carroll and Douglas Counties. Dettmering has served as Judge of the State Court of Douglas County since 2001, and practiced law privately in Douglasville from 1974 through 2001. He served as GreyStone’s general legal counsel from 1992 to 2001, and during that time served as Treasurer, Vice Chairman and Chairman of the Georgia Electric Membership Counsel Association.
Cole and Dettmering will replace Burnell Redding and Calvin Earwood, who retired at the Annual Meeting and were honored for their contributions. Board Chair Jennifer DeNyse and Miller also expressed sadness at the sudden passing of Director Charles Rutland, who served members for 26 years on the board and 33 years as an employee.
GreyStone’s board officers were re-elected, including Chair Jennifer DeNyse, Vice Chair Jim Johns and Secretary-Treasurer Milton Jones.
The event concluded with 46 door prizes, which included two GreyStone bill credits and a 40-inch LED high-definition television. The grand-prize giveaway was a 2008 Chevrolet Silverado C1500 truck retired from the GreyStone fleet, which was won by Diane Tidmore.
GreyStone Power serves more than 110,00 members in portions of eight counties, including Paulding, Douglas, Fulton, Cobb, Carroll, Bartow, Fayette and Coweta counties. Learn more at www.greystonepower.com.