The cooperative’s 83rd annual meeting was held virtually and streamed on Facebook Live because of ongoing concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This year’s annual meeting, much like last year’s, has been modified,” Board Chair Jeannette S. Everett said as she welcomed viewers, staffers and a handful of members to the meeting at 7 p.m. “Rather than hosting a large gathering of members, hearing oral reports and providing entertainment, the board has decided to adjust the meeting agenda, only conducting necessary business of the cooperative.”

That included approving the minutes of the 2020 meeting and conducting board elections, she noted, adding that other non-essential business will be deferred.

Secretary/treasurer Diana F. Beale reported the cooperative now serves 11,432 accounts with 9,460 total members. More than 9,000 members were represented at the annual meeting via proxy or attendance, she added.

William Holt, attorney for the cooperative, oversaw the election portion of the meeting. Reelected to three-year terms were Michael A. Faulk, representing the city of Suffolk; Kara D. Hearn, representing Isle of Wight County; and Douglas A. Chesson, representing Southampton County.

Community Electric’s board of directors and staff hope to be able to return to a traditional annual meeting in 2022.

— Report by Steven Johnson, Staff Writer, VMDAEC

Above photo: Cooperative attorney William Holt discusses election procedures with CEC President and CEO Steve Harmon and Board Chair Jeannette S. Everett at the annual meeting. (Photo By: Steven Johnson)