Horry Electric Cooperative’s bylaws require a quorum – equal to 5 percent of the membership – in order to conduct an official business meeting. The number of registered members required for quorum at the 2011 Annual Meeting of Members, held yesterday at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center, was 2,616.
“The opportunity for registration and voting began at noon and ended at 7 p.m., when the business part of the meeting reconvened,” said Penelope Hinson, manager of Public Relations, Marketing and Energy Management, adding the requirement for quorum was achieved at 4:16 p.m. “At the time registration and voting had closed, we had a total of 4,331 members registered to take part in their Annual Meeting. ”
The meeting agenda included the election of three candidates, who are also members of the cooperative, to serve on the board of trustees for a three-year term.
Two incumbents, Johnny M. Shelley and Eugene Harriott, were both reelected by acclamation of the membership during the business meeting. Johnny M. Shelley, trustee for District 3 and Eugene Harriott, trustee for District 8 both ran unopposed.
Marcus Gerald, incumbent in the election for the trustee position for District 9, was defeated by Freddy Thompkins, nominee.
Qualifications fundamental to being considered as a candidate for trusteeship include being a member of the Cooperative for a minimum of five (5) years and residing in the district they are being elected to represent.
“Before being accepted as a candidate, individuals are provided with Cooperative policies and other associated documents to review the qualifications necessary to be nominated, elected or appointed,” says Hinson, adding that each potential candidate must sign an affirmation they meet the prerequisites outlined in the provided documentation.
Shelley, Harriott and Thompkins were all affirmed as being qualified to serve as trustees of Horry Electric before the election.