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In March, when it was time to start planning this year’s annual meeting, Fayette Electric Cooperative’s board of directors was again faced with many uncertainties about the different COVID-19 variants and what that would mean for the co-op and FEC’s members by the time July came around. With those things in mind, FEC has decided to forgo our normal in-person gathering and hold our meeting as an annual meeting video presentation on Wednesday, July 20. We know how much our members enjoy the in-person experiences of our normal annual meetings and we hope to return to those next year.

            Members should have received a ballot in the mail from Survey and Ballot Systems to vote for directors in the three districts that are up for election this year. These candidates were nominated at the district meetings held in May. Your mail-in ballot will also qualify you to be entered in the drawing for annual meeting door prizes which include 20 energy gift certificates as well as other prizes donated by FEC vendors. Members should return their ballot to SBS by the July 8 deadline in order to be eligible for prizes. These ballots will also be the sole means of determining a quorum for the meeting.

            The annual meeting video presentation will be available for viewing at www.fayette.coop on the afternoon of July 20. The video will include the manager’s message, the board election results, and interviews from several retired and long-time employees. Winners of the door prize drawings will be posted to our website July 21.

            The July issue of Texas Co-op Power magazine, which contains the annual report, was mailed to all FEC members on June 28. The annual report can also be viewed at https://fayette.coop/texas-co-op-power.

In November, Fayette EC will celebrate its 85th anniversary. The theme of this year’s annual meeting is “Lightbulb Moments in Fayette Electric History.” During our annual meeting video presentation, we will showcase some of these moments by talking with several retired and long-term employees who worked at the Cooperative for 30 years or more.

We hope you enjoy these interviews and realize how valuable our employees are to us. We sincerely appreciate their dedication and many years of service. Without them we would not be where we are today, still growing and still pushing forward to serve our members, more than a quarter-century into this cooperative’s existence.

            Meanwhile, please know that the employees and directors of Fayette EC have worked for the past 85 years with our members’ best interests in mind and will continue to do so for the next 85 years and beyond.

About Fayette Electric Cooperative

Fayette Electric Cooperative, Inc. was formed in 1937 by a group of influential rural leaders who foresaw a time when electricity would be part of everyday life in the country. Thanks to their vision and leadership, the member-owned, not-for-profit distribution cooperative has grown over the years and currently serves over 10,199 members with 15,634 meters on 2,971 miles of line in all or parts of Fayette, Bastrop, Lee, Washington, Austin, Colorado and Lavaca counties.         

Governed by seven democratically elected board members, Fayette Electric Cooperative’s mission is to provide reliable, cost-effective service to their members while supporting the communities in which they operate.

Fayette EC is a Touchstone Energy Cooperative, part of a nationwide family of electric cooperative’s exhibiting the core values of integrity, accountability, innovation and commitment to community