Randolph Electric Membership Corporation holds 85th annual meeting

ASHEBORO — Randolph Electric Membership Corporation (REMC) celebrated its eighty-fifth annual meeting on Friday at Southwestern Randolph High School in Asheboro. The theme of the meeting was “Past and Future, Always Present.”

The event kicked off with entertainment provided by The Harvesters. President Jerry Bowman called the meeting to order, and the cooperative’s general counsel, Aaron M. Christensen, presided over the meeting. Rep. Neal Jackson (R-Randolph) delivered the invocation, and the Southwestern Randolph High School Jr. ROTC presented the colors.

Christensen announced there were 1,020 Cooperative members registered, either electronically or in person, which constituted a quorum. The attendance at the event was estimated to be around 720 people, with 361 members attending the in-person business meeting and 618 members registering online.

During the business meeting, the membership elected three directors. Scott Cole was elected to represent District 2, Jerry Bowman for District 4, and Tammie Phillips for District 7 on the REMC Board of Directors.

Bowman presented a report on the events and investments of the past year, highlighting the cooperative’s achievements. Secretary-Treasurer Billy Maness provided a financial report for 2022, indicating over $73 million in revenue and $68 million in expenses. CEO Dale Lambert addressed the theme of reliability and emphasized the commitment of Randolph EMC to providing safe, reliable, and affordable energy to its rural member-owners.

Randolph EMC has more than 32,000 members and more than 4,100 miles of line in areas of Randolph, Moore, Montgomery, Chatham, and Alamance counties. 

Throughout the meeting, members had the opportunity to win various door prizes, including cash and bill credits, gift cards, bicycles, small appliances, and local pottery.

Scott Cole, representing District 2, has been serving on the Board of Directors since 2019 and was re-elected to the position. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Appalachian State University and a Master of Science in Plant and Soil Science from NC A&T State University. Cole is currently the Environmental Health Program Director with the Montgomery County Department of Health.

Jerry Bowman, President of the Board of Directors, was also re-elected to represent District 4, a position he has held since 1993. Bowman has a long history in the automobile sales and service industry. He is a board member of Carolina Bank, an active member of the Asheboro/Randolph Chamber of Commerce, and a past officer of the Randolph Rotary Club.

Tammie Phillips, Vice President of the Board of Directors, has been representing District 7 since 2008 and was re-elected to the post. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from North Carolina State University and is employed by the North Carolina Department of Justice. Phillips is actively involved in her community and attends Tyson’s Creek Baptist Church.

By Randolph Record