Cooperative Membership Meetings

October 18, 2016

The 78th Annual Meeting of the Membership, held September 13 at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center, was the grand finale of three membership meetings held this year. The first two membership meetings were held in July near our local offices in Spur and Childress.

As a consumer of South Plains Electric Cooperative, you are also one of the member-owners. As such, a cooperative business invites you to attend an annual membership meeting to hear reports, ask questions and elect your local board of directors.

We say “invite,” but actually, it’s part of your responsibility as a cooperative member to be informed and participate in the governance of your electric cooperative. The success of South Plains Electric Cooperative depends on each individual member’s involvement.


Childress Meeting
The Childress Membership Meeting was held on July 19 at the new Childress Expo Center. The Plaza, from Childress, served dinner to 266  members and guests at the membership meeting. 

Board President Tommy Joines reviewed the Cooperative’s financials and overall state of the business. General Manager Dale Ancell presented a video highlighting the Cooperative’s linemen and the service they provide.

Recognition was given to this year’s Youth Tour and Operation Round Up Scholarship recipients. 

Four employees were recognized for their combined 55 years of service: Cory Bachausen, 10 years; Sheldon Duncan, 15 years; Scott Park, 15 years; and Jeff Watson, 15 years. 

The evening always ends the same—with door prizes! The grand prize was awarded to Frank Wright or Paducah.


Spur Meeting
The Spur Membership Meeting was held on July 21 at the Spur High School cafeteria and auditorium. The Cooperative appreciates being able to use the school’s facilities to conduct business inside, out of the summer heat. River Smith’s from Lubbock catered a catfish and chicken dinner to appoximately 275 members and guests.

President Joines and General Manager Ancell gave their reports and presented a video highlighting our linemen. Recognition was given to this year’s Youth Tour and Operation Round Up Scholarship recipients.

Two employees received service awards for their years of service: Stoney Taylor, 10 years; Tommy McDowell, 15 years. 

Employees handed out great door prizes, and the grand prize was awarded to Gary Bridge of Afton.


Annual Membership Meeting in Lubbock
The official Annual Membership Meeting is held in Lubbock where the Cooperative is headquartered.

This meeting happens on a grand scale. With 645 members registering for the meeting, it means we provided dinner for more than 2,000 guests, because members always bring their families. River Smith’s Chicken and Catfish provided a delicious meal.

The business meeting was called to order and the membership seated five directors to board positions. Officers for the upcoming year are: Tommy Joines, president; R.D. McCallister, vice-president; Bobby Richey, secretary/treasurer; Danny Stanton, assistant secretary/treasurer.

Board President Tommy Joines welcomed the members and talked about growth and high standards for member service. General Manager Dale Ancell shared a video highlighting the Cooperative’s linemen and the service they provide. 

Director of Communications Lynn Simmons spoke about community level support with programs such as Operation Round Up grants and scholarships, sending students on the Youth Tour, and the money being saved using the Co-op Connections card.

Eighteen employees were recognized for their combined 330 years of service to the members of South Plains Electric Cooperative: Travis Bertrand, 5 years; George Ellis, 5 years; Taylor Holligan, 5 years; John Lopez, 5 years; Carlyle Stokes, 5 years; Chase Strother, 5 years; Holly Baiza, 10 years; David Acuff, 20 years; Shane Adams, 20 years; Steven Latham, 20 years; Marvin Louis, 20 years; Lynn Simmons, 20 years; Randal Bailey, 25 years; Dale Ancell, 30 years; Jimmy Ketchersid, 30 years; Debbie Timmins, 30 years; Joe Hernandez, 35 years; and Randy McGee, 40 years.