SPOTLIGHT - Jackson Energy Cooperative

SPOTLIGHT - Jackson Energy Cooperative


Published by Jackson Energy Cooperative • McKee, Kentucky

’09 Annual Meeting

A booming

good time

A crowd of about 8,500 filled the fields and roadways

near McKee as fireworks concluded Jackson

Energy’s 2009 annual meeting. It was a day of activities

ranging from a board election and a Civil War reenactment

to a skydiving flag jumper.

Clay County director Charlie McWhorter easily won reelection

over challenger Randy Wilson. McWhorter finished

the election with 740 votes compared to Wilson’s

151. Wilson and McWhorter each addressed the crowd

at the cooperative’s 71st business meeting, thanking their

supporters. Wilson urged members to support alternative

energy solutions, and McWhorter said he is always available

to discuss member concerns and looked forward to

working for the co-op’s members.

Jackson County director Jim Hays III and Estill County

director Fred Brown were also re-elected without opposition.

CANNON FIRE and Civil War re-enactors were new additions

to the events at this year’s Jackson Energy annual



MCWHORTER addressed

the crowd after winning reelection

to his Clay County


Members registered from

1 to 8 p.m., and just over

1,300 members took home

their bucket of bulbs when

the evening was over.

Jackson Energy President

& CEO Don Schaefer

told the crowd during his

address, “There’s a storm

brewing in Washington,

D.C., and it’s headed our

way.” Schaefer said that

Congress was debating

legislation that will address

global warming

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Meeting ’09

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issues and at the same time, demand

for electricity is increasing

and electric rates are rising

because of environmental compliance

regulations, construction

costs for new generation,

and the cost of fuel to generate


“If Americans want to keep

electricity safe, reliable, and affordable,

Congress and America’s

electric cooperatives must work

together,” Schaefer said.

The annual meeting also included

a Cruise-In Car Show, which

drew 97 entries from around the

region, skydiver Paul McCowan,

who jumped from an airplane

with one of the world’s largest

flags in tow, and music by Manchester’s

Samantha Young and

the Mike LeFevre Quartet.


Also during the business meeting

Jackson Energy recognized eight

students as the 2009 essay scholarship

winners. Each student will

receive a $1,000 scholarship.

The scholarship essay winners

were: Hannah Robbins, South

Laurel; Jacob Riddle, Rockcastle

County; Corey Fugate, North

Laurel; Kenya Adair, Jackson;

Bryan Estes, Lee; Seth Horn,

Estill; and Jonathan Ball, Clay.


Clay County–$25, Glenna

Sizemore, Manchester;

$50, Viola Sawyers, Manchester;

$75, Bobby Collett,

Sextons Creek.

Estill County–$25, Tracey

McQueen, Irvine; $50,

Roy Dixon Jr., Irvine; $75,

David Hager, Irvine.

Jackson County–$25,

Larry Ramsey, McKee;

$50, Nora Neeley, McKee;

$75, Wilburn Chasteen,


Laurel County–$25,

Mickey Lawson, London;

$50, A.T. Henson, London;

$75, Mary Allen, London;

Lee County–$25, Rosalie

Kash, Beattyville; $50,

Kenneth Isaacs, Beattyville;

$75, Gracie Reece,


Owsley County–$25, Mary

Dean, Booneville; $50,

Howard Price, Booneville;

$75, Laura Flannery,


Rockcastle County–$25,

Henry Owens, Mt. Vernon;

$50, Karen Eldridge, Mt.

Vernon; $75, Raymond

McKinney, Mt. Vernon.

Grand Prizes–dehumidifier,

Rebecca Kiefer, Manchester;

DVD player, Johnny

Bray Jr., Manchester;


the sky with one of the world’s largest American

flags in tow.

window air conditioner, Mary Collins,

McKee; TV, Hazel Gibbs, McKee; and Energy

Star refrigerator, Geri Greene, McKee.

$500 Scholarships–Clay County, Ashley

Hubbard, Manchester; Estill County, Brian

Brewer, Irvine; Jackson County, Mary

Carpenter, Annville; Laurel County, Crystall

Collett, London; Lee County, Jericho

Sipple, Beattyville; Owsley County, Stephen

Brown Gabbard, Ricetown; Rockcastle

County, Colton Walker, Berea.

Union College $1,000 Scholarship–Derek

Turner, McKee.

Cruise-In Car Show–$100 prize, Phyllis


FIREWORKS concluded the annual meeting.


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cheerleaders, top left, were recognized

at the annual meeting for

winning the national 2009 UCA

championship in Orlando, Florida.

Presenting their award were Jackson

Energy President & CEO Don Schaefer

and Board Chairman Fred Callahan.


and his wife, Joyce, center left, were

honored for their more than 50 years

of service to the region. A 1930s-era

Packard, bottom left, was among

the more than 90 cars that entered

the annual meeting Cruise-In. Gerri

Greene, below, was the grand prize

winner of an Energy Star refrigerator.

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Energy Tips

Here are a few

energy-saving tips:

• Check the exterior of your

home for air leaks, especially

around water spigots, dryer

vents, gas pipes, and air conditioner

hoses. Use caulk or

foam to seal spaces.

• Use ceiling and box fans

to circulate air through the

house and make sure your attic

is properly ventilated.


the easy way

to pay your bill

Paying your electric bill can be

as easy as a click of a mouse. By

signing up for Jackson Energy’s

online PayBill program, you can

pay your bill with your home


Simply go to the Jackson Energy

Web site, www.jacksonenergy.

com, click on the PayBill link,

and follow the instructions. You

can also view your electric usage

and billing history.

Members can also pay their bill

24 hours a day, seven days a

week by using the automated

phone system. Simply call (800)

262-7480, and use a credit card

to make your payment. And

Jackson Energy also offers a free

check by phone service.

The Perfect Prescription

for Savings

With the Co-op Connections Card, you save on everyday

purchases for your family. Plus, save 10-60% off prescriptions

at your local pharmacy. The Co-op Connections Card is just one

more benefit of being a Touchstone Energy Cooperative member.

For complete details, visit our Web website site or or log log onto onto


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