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Spotlight<br />

Published by <strong>Jackson</strong> <strong>Energy</strong> <strong>Cooperative</strong> • McKee, Kentucky<br />

’09 Annual Meeting<br />

A booming<br />

good time<br />

A crowd of about 8,500 filled the fields and roadways<br />

near McKee as fireworks concluded <strong>Jackson</strong><br />

<strong>Energy</strong>’s 2009 annual meeting. It was a day of activities<br />

ranging from a board election and a Civil War reenactment<br />

to a skydiving flag jumper.<br />

Clay County director Charlie McWhorter easily won reelection<br />

over challenger Randy Wilson. McWhorter finished<br />

the election with 740 votes compared to Wilson’s<br />

151. Wilson and McWhorter each addressed the crowd<br />

at the cooperative’s 71st business meeting, thanking their<br />

supporters. Wilson urged members to support alternative<br />

energy solutions, and McWhorter said he is always available<br />

to discuss member concerns and looked forward to<br />

working for the co-op’s members.<br />

<strong>Jackson</strong> County director Jim Hays III and Estill County<br />

director Fred Brown were also re-elected without opposition.<br />

CANNON FIRE and Civil War re-enactors were new additions<br />

to the events at this year’s <strong>Jackson</strong> <strong>Energy</strong> annual<br />

meeting.<br />

DIRECTOR CHARLIE<br />

MCWHORTER addressed<br />

the crowd after winning reelection<br />

to his Clay County<br />

seat.<br />

Members registered from<br />

1 to 8 p.m., and just over<br />

1,300 members took home<br />

their bucket of bulbs when<br />

the evening was over.<br />

<strong>Jackson</strong> <strong>Energy</strong> President<br />

& CEO Don Schaefer<br />

told the crowd during his<br />

address, “There’s a storm<br />

brewing in Washington,<br />

D.C., and it’s headed our<br />

way.” Schaefer said that<br />

Congress was debating<br />

legislation that will address<br />

global warming<br />

Continued on page 2A<br />

OUR VISION<br />

A premier and progressive cooperative committed to integrity, accountability and<br />

innovation, with concern for our customers and the communities we serve.<br />

Kentucky Living F August 2009<br />

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Annual<br />

Meeting ’09<br />

Continued from page 1A<br />

issues and at the same time, demand<br />

for electricity is increasing<br />

and electric rates are rising<br />

because of environmental compliance<br />

regulations, construction<br />

costs for new generation,<br />

and the cost of fuel to generate<br />

electricity.<br />

“If Americans want to keep<br />

electricity safe, reliable, and affordable,<br />

Congress and America’s<br />

electric cooperatives must work<br />

together,” Schaefer said.<br />

The annual meeting also included<br />

a Cruise-In Car Show, which<br />

drew 97 entries from around the<br />

region, skydiver Paul McCowan,<br />

who jumped from an airplane<br />

with one of the world’s largest<br />

flags in tow, and music by Manchester’s<br />

Samantha Young and<br />

the Mike LeFevre Quartet.<br />

SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS<br />

Also during the business meeting<br />

<strong>Jackson</strong> <strong>Energy</strong> recognized eight<br />

students as the 2009 essay scholarship<br />

winners. Each student will<br />

receive a $1,000 scholarship.<br />

The scholarship essay winners<br />

were: Hannah Robbins, South<br />

Laurel; Jacob Riddle, Rockcastle<br />

County; Corey Fugate, North<br />

Laurel; Kenya Adair, <strong>Jackson</strong>;<br />

Bryan Estes, Lee; Seth Horn,<br />

Estill; and Jonathan Ball, Clay.<br />

DOOR PRIZE WINNERS<br />

Clay County–$25, Glenna<br />

Sizemore, Manchester;<br />

$50, Viola Sawyers, Manchester;<br />

$75, Bobby Collett,<br />

Sextons Creek.<br />

Estill County–$25, Tracey<br />

McQueen, Irvine; $50,<br />

Roy Dixon Jr., Irvine; $75,<br />

David Hager, Irvine.<br />

<strong>Jackson</strong> County–$25,<br />

Larry Ramsey, McKee;<br />

$50, Nora Neeley, McKee;<br />

$75, Wilburn Chasteen,<br />

McKee.<br />

Laurel County–$25,<br />

Mickey Lawson, London;<br />

$50, A.T. Henson, London;<br />

$75, Mary Allen, London;<br />

Lee County–$25, Rosalie<br />

Kash, Beattyville; $50,<br />

Kenneth Isaacs, Beattyville;<br />

$75, Gracie Reece,<br />

Beattyville.<br />

Owsley County–$25, Mary<br />

Dean, Booneville; $50,<br />

Howard Price, Booneville;<br />

$75, Laura Flannery,<br />

Booneville.<br />

Rockcastle County–$25,<br />

Henry Owens, Mt. Vernon;<br />

$50, Karen Eldridge, Mt.<br />

Vernon; $75, Raymond<br />

McKinney, Mt. Vernon.<br />

Grand Prizes–dehumidifier,<br />

Rebecca Kiefer, Manchester;<br />

DVD player, Johnny<br />

Bray Jr., Manchester;<br />

SKYDIVER PAUL MCCOWAN floated from<br />

the sky with one of the world’s largest American<br />

flags in tow.<br />

window air conditioner, Mary Collins,<br />

McKee; TV, Hazel Gibbs, McKee; and <strong>Energy</strong><br />

Star refrigerator, Geri Greene, McKee.<br />

$500 Scholarships–Clay County, Ashley<br />

Hubbard, Manchester; Estill County, Brian<br />

Brewer, Irvine; <strong>Jackson</strong> County, Mary<br />

Carpenter, Annville; Laurel County, Crystall<br />

Collett, London; Lee County, Jericho<br />

Sipple, Beattyville; Owsley County, Stephen<br />

Brown Gabbard, Ricetown; Rockcastle<br />

County, Colton Walker, Berea.<br />

Union College $1,000 Scholarship–Derek<br />

Turner, McKee.<br />

Cruise-In Car Show–$100 prize, Phyllis<br />

Owens.<br />

FIREWORKS concluded the annual meeting.<br />

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NORTH LAUREL MIDDLE SCHOOL<br />

cheerleaders, top left, were recognized<br />

at the annual meeting for<br />

winning the national 2009 UCA<br />

championship in Orlando, Florida.<br />

Presenting their award were <strong>Jackson</strong><br />

<strong>Energy</strong> President & CEO Don Schaefer<br />

and Board Chairman Fred Callahan.<br />

PREACHER BILL HOLEMAN<br />

and his wife, Joyce, center left, were<br />

honored for their more than 50 years<br />

of service to the region. A 1930s-era<br />

Packard, bottom left, was among<br />

the more than 90 cars that entered<br />

the annual meeting Cruise-In. Gerri<br />

Greene, below, was the grand prize<br />

winner of an <strong>Energy</strong> Star refrigerator.<br />

Kentucky Living F August 2009<br />

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Simple<br />

$avings<br />

<strong>Energy</strong> Tips<br />

Here are a few<br />

energy-saving tips:<br />

• Check the exterior of your<br />

home for air leaks, especially<br />

around water spigots, dryer<br />

vents, gas pipes, and air conditioner<br />

hoses. Use caulk or<br />

foam to seal spaces.<br />

• Use ceiling and box fans<br />

to circulate air through the<br />

house and make sure your attic<br />

is properly ventilated.<br />

Online—<br />

the easy way<br />

to pay your bill<br />

Paying your electric bill can be<br />

as easy as a click of a mouse. By<br />

signing up for <strong>Jackson</strong> <strong>Energy</strong>’s<br />

online PayBill program, you can<br />

pay your bill with your home<br />

computer.<br />

Simply go to the <strong>Jackson</strong> <strong>Energy</strong><br />

Web site, www.jacksonenergy.<br />

com, click on the PayBill link,<br />

and follow the instructions. You<br />

can also view your electric usage<br />

and billing history.<br />

Members can also pay their bill<br />

24 hours a day, seven days a<br />

week by using the automated<br />

phone system. Simply call (800)<br />

262-7480, and use a credit card<br />

to make your payment. And<br />

<strong>Jackson</strong> <strong>Energy</strong> also offers a free<br />

check by phone service.<br />

The Perfect Prescription<br />

for Savings<br />

With the Co-op Connections Card, you save on everyday<br />

purchases for your family. Plus, save 10-60% off prescriptions<br />

at your local pharmacy. The Co-op Connections Card is just one<br />

more benefit of being a Touchstone <strong>Energy</strong> <strong>Cooperative</strong> member.<br />

For complete details, visit our Web website site or or log log onto onto<br />

www.co-opconnections.coop.<br />

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Kentucky Living F August 2009

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