On Thursday, June 2, Blue Grass Energy hosted its third virtual annual meeting in conjunction with a member appreciation day.
From 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., registration was held at the four local offices. There were over 900 registered members. At 3:30 p.m., the business meeting was livestreamed from the Nicholasville office.
Board Chair Dennis Moneyhon opened by saying, “I’m pleased to report that Blue Grass Energy has had another successful year. We have continued to focus our efforts on controlling costs and planning for the future of our cooperative.
Moneyhon went on to say, “We just returned about $2.2 million in capital credits to our members. In just the last five years, we have returned over $10 million to our communities through this patronage.”
Director and Board Secretary-Treasurer Jane Smith presented the treasurer’s report.
Cooperative Attorney David Royse performed the installation of the re-elected directors. They were:
• Paul Tucker, District 1
• Doug Fritz, District 3
• Jane Smith, District 7
President and CEO Mike Williams also addressed the membership. Williams gave a report that focused on the cooperate differences and how those differences benefit the members of the
cooperative. Williams said, “The cooperative difference can be seen in how we serve you. We are blessed to have some of the most knowledgeable employees in the business and each is
happy to assist you with any questions you may have. Daily, we work to earn your trust and be a resource for you and your energy needs.”
Blue Grass Energy awarded $15,000 in scholarships. Following the business meeting, 10 high school graduates, served by Blue Grass Energy, were selected during a random draw. They each received a $1,500 scholarship from the co-op.
We congratulate the following young members for being selected:
• Riley J. Combs - Cynthiana
• Tara Howard - Richmond
• Hanna O’Donnell - Cynthiana
• Kieron H. Saunders - Wilmore
• Jaci Combs - Cynthiana
• Larry Arnett - Frankfort
• Taylor Childers - Frankfort
• Samantha May - Falmouth
• Natasha Schalk - Lexington
• Chase Richards – Nicholasville
ONLINE CHARITY AUCTION
The cooperative also hosted its first online charity auction. This auction raised $2,777 to benefit Blue Grass Energy’s 2022 charity, Kentucky CancerLink.