Arab Electric Cooperative members overwhelmingly approved a new set of bylaws Saturday that “updates and modernizes” the document.
The recommendation to change the bylaws was made by National Rural Electric Association, which rewrote AEC’s bylaws into the new document.
A copy of the bylaws can be picked up at AEC on U.S. 231 just south of the overpass.
The vote was:
• Yes – 1,318 (80.5 percent);
• No – 319 (19.5 percent).
Members also re-elected two board members and elected one new board member.
• In District 3, former Arab City Council member Dianne Prestridge ran unopposed for re-election.
• In District 6, incumbent Charlie Griffin lost to newcomer Jeff “Preacher” Warren by 58 votes.
Warren received 1,323 votes (51.2 percent) to Griffin’s 1,265 votes (48.8 percent).
Warren said he looks forward to serving on the board and Griffin said he is proud of everything the board accomplished during his term.
• In District 8, Tribune editor Charles Whisenant was re-elected with more than 68 percent of the vote.
He received 1,731 votes (68.3 percent) to 805 (31.7 percent) votes for David Parson of the Union Hill Community.
Out of nearly 14,000 ballots that were mailed out to members, less than 2,700 were returned for a participation rate of just 19 percent.
Following the annual meeting, the new board held a brief organizational meeting and elected officers, which makes up the board’s executive committee.
• Whisenant was re-elected board president.
• Prestridge was elected vice-president.
• Bill Stricklend was elected treasurer.
• Tyler Barnes was elected secretary.
Also during the meeting, drawings were held for $50 prizes for those who voted at the meeting and for those who voted by mail-in ballot.
Selma Brooks won a flower arrangement for being the oldest woman attending the meeting. She’s 84.
The other winners were:
• $100 gift card – Randy L. Humphries;
• $250 – Dennis M. Brown;
• $250 – Marilyn Mabee;
• $500 – Owen Henry;
• 2010 Chevrolet Colorado truck – Peggy Kelley.
Note: As noted in the story, Tribune editor Charles Whisenant is a member of the AEC board of trustees.