2022 Annual Meeting - Business Session

We would like to thank all the members who helped make this year's annual meeting a success! We reached quorum by early on the third day of of the meeting and over 12,000 members cast their votes for the board trustees and proposed bylaw amendments. The voting results were as follows:

District 2:

  • Sheila Powell (incumbent) - 8,853
  • Mark Murray (challenger) - 2,941 

District 5:

  • Lee Clayton (unopposed) - 10,580

District 8:

  • Gene Forney (challenger) - 4,778 
  • Bob Jenkins (challenger) - 6,499

Amendment 1 - Section 9.02 Capital Credits: Approved

Amendment 2 - Section 4.02 Board Member Conflict of Interest: Approved

 

Additionally, each member who registered to vote in person at any of the Annual Meeting locations qualified for a $30 bill credit. Members on advance billing will receive the credit by Nov. 18. Members with monthly post billing will have the credit applied to the first bill after the last Annual Meeting date (Nov. 16).

Voting members were automatically entered into all door prize drawings - including the Grand Prize - and did not need to be present to win. Please see the list of winners below. Thank you once again for taking part in the governance of your local electric cooperative!

GRAND PRIZE -  2013 Ford F150 X-Cab SHERI L CREACH SUMMERVILLE
     
65" TCL ROKU TV ANDREW SMITH GOOSE CREEK
50" VIZIO V Series TV ANGELINA HARVEY Goose Creek
$100 Gift Certificate - Barony House WILEY M SUTLER SR BONNEAU
$100 Gift Certificate - Barony House BRITTANY C LEE BONNEAU
$100 VISA Gift Card YIFANG ZHU GOOSE CREEK
$50.00 Gift Certificate - Berkeley Paper Co. NICHOLAS A MADRAY GOOSE CREEK
$50.00 Publix Gift Card STACY HARRIS PINEVILLE
$50.00 Walmart Gift Card LOUISE L NEELY MONCKS CORNER
Apple iPad 9th Generation BARRY D MCKENZIE JOHNS ISLAND
Aroma Roaster Oven JOAN B PAYNE SUMMERVILLE
Black and Decker Quiet Blender WHITNEY A WANAMAKER MONCKS CORNER
Faberware Dual Brew Coffee Maker BARRY S CRANE CROSS
Faberware French Door Toaster & Air Fryer MORRIS C WILBURN JR BONNEAU
Faberware Programmable Pressure Cooker GENEVIEVE LEBEAU SUMMERVILLE
Gift Card - Gilligan's Seafood Restaurant JAMES P HICKEY MT PLEASANT
Gift Card - Hall's Chophouse NANCY R NOVY LADSON
Gift Card - See Wee Restaurant SHERI E HARMON SUMMERVILLE
Gift Card - See Wee Restaurant SHATOYA GREY MC CLELLANVILLE
HART Cordless Tool Combo Kit YADIRA PINEDA JOHNS ISLAND
HART Drill/Dryer Project Kit FLIPPER CHAPEL MOUNT PLEASANT
HART Impact Driver Kit ANNETTE T RAWLINSON MONCKS CORNER
JBL Charge Bluetooth SHANA BLANCHARD JOHNS ISLAND
Kuerig K Duo GEORGE R BUCKLEY SUMMERVILLE
LG Smart Inverter Microwave ELLEN A QUINLAN GOOSE CREEK
Milwaukee 1/4" Hex Impact driver w/charger WILLIAM B WHITE MONCKS CORNER
Ninja Air Fryer 360 CHRISTINE SINGLETARY CORDESVILLE
Ninja Foodi 2 Basket Air Fryer MAGNO C VIDAMO GOOSE CREEK
Power XL Grill Air Fryer Combo Plus JILL ROSS SUMMERVILLE
Presto Big Kettle Multi Cooker ANNA M MARTIN SUMMERVILLE

As a member-owner of Berkeley Electric Cooperative, you have a voice in how your cooperative is run. As such, members may bring issues regarding the operation and/or conduct of the cooperative before the board for consideration by the membership. For consideration as new business, the issues raised should be relevant to the operation/conduct of the cooperative's actions and their impact on the membership as a whole. Issues regarding a specific/single account do not qualify as new business and should be addressed to the member service department of your local district office for resolution. 

To submit an issue as new business for the 2022 Annual Meeting of Members please send the following information via email:

  • Member name
  • Account number or service address
  • Additional contact information such as home phone/mobile number
  • Detailed summary of new business for consideration

SUBMIT NEW BUSINESS

Each year, three of the nine board of trustee seats are up for election on a rotating basis. The results of this year's election will be posted by the end of business on Friday, Nov. 18. This year, members will also be asked to vote on proposed bylaw amendments and approval of last year's annual meeting minutes. Please check back soon for full details on the candidates.

  • District 2:
    • Sheila Powell (incumbent)
    • Mark Murray (challenger)
  • District 5:
    • Denver Lee Clayton (challenger) - Unopposed
  • District 8:
    • Robert C. Jenkins (challenger)
    • Eugene Forney (challenger)

Proposed bylaw amendments

2021 Annual Meeting minutes

 

 

DISTRICT 2

Sheila Powell

Incumbent

Candidate video | Biography

DISTRICT 2

Mark Murray

Challenger

Candidate video | Biography

DISTRICT 5

Denver Lee Clayton

Challenger - Unopposed

Candidate video | Biography

DISTRICT 8

Gene Forney

Challenger

Candidate video | Biography

DISTRICT 8

Bob Jenkins

Challenger

Candidate video | Biography

VOTING LOCATIONS

For voting locations

plus times and dates

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This year, members will be asked to vote on two bylaw proposals:

AMENDMENT 1 – a “YES” vote will approve the following changes to Section 9.02 of the bylaws. This proposed amendment would allow the co-op, at its discretion and without obligation, to pay out a member's capital credits at a discounted rate upon cancellation of their membership instead of waiting for the full time period set forth by the current capital credit formula. 

1.) Permits the co-op to pay a member’s capital credits to the member upon cancellation or bankruptcy of membership at its discretion and without future obligation. Any payment made under this provision will be discounted through a present value calculation. Accepting this early retirement of capital credits is voluntary and a member not electing this option will receive capital credits under the present system of yearly payments.

2.) For bankruptcies, permits recoupment or setoff of any amounts owed to the cooperative against any capital credits payable first, prior to the payout of capital credits.

To review the full amendment, including original language and revisions, please click this link.

 

AMENDMENT 2 - A “YES” vote will approve the following change to Section 4.02 of the bylaws. This clarification of language is being required by the South Carolina Office of Regulatory Staff. A summary of the amendment is as follows:

The Board recommends revising this section as follows: Replace the existing conflict requirements regarding competing enterprises and selected businesses with the following language: “A Trustee may not have a direct business relationship with the electric cooperative that is distinct from or in addition to the Trustee’s mandatory cooperative membership.” Explanation: The purpose of this change is to make the bylaw consistent with new state law S.C. Code Section 33-49-630(B)(2).

To review the full amendment, including original language and revisions, please click this link.

 

As a not-for-profit electric cooperative, Berkeley Electric practices financial stewardship through protecting the long-term assets of the organization through a commitment to moral, ethical and prudent financial decision-making. Part of this process includes a yearly audit of the cooperative's finances which are made available for members to review in the October edition of SC Living magazine, as part of the annual meeting calendar and as presented below. Questions regarding this financial report can be emailed to the cooperative.