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2015 Annual Meeting Agenda

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Alabama Rural Electric Association
2015 Annual Meeting
April 21-23, 2015
Renaissance Montgomery Hotel & Convention Center
201 Tallapoosa Street / Montgomery, AL 36104 / (334)481-5000

TUESDAY, April 21
Alabama ACRE Golf Tournament / Arrowhead Country Club
9:00 a.m. Registration
10:00 a.m. Shotgun start
Contact Sean Strickler for additional information. (334-215-2732)

Renaissance MONTGOMERY hotel
6:00-8:00 p.m.      WELCOME RECEPTION
Legislative Appreciation Reception

Wednesday, April 22 / CONVENTION CENTER
7:30-5:00 p.m. TRADE SHOW OPEN
7:30 a.m. Registration for E&O/Materials Management/IT Conference
8:00 a.m. E&O/Materials Management/IT Conference
8:00-11:30 a.m. General Registration
8:30-11:30 a.m. HEALTH FAIR
(Participants in Health Fair are automatically entered to win a FitBit!)
9:30-11:00 a.m. New Board Director Orientation
10:00-11:00 a.m. Credit Union Meeting
11:30-12:30 p.m. Trade Show Luncheon (Trade Show area)
–E&O/Materials Management/IT/Vendors ONLY
11:30-1:00 p.m. Opening Luncheon
Invocation: Terry Moseley, Pioneer EC
Annual Meeting Awards
Presentation of Training Certificates
1:30-3:30 p.m. Spouse Program – Fresh & Fun Garden Projects with Katie Jackson (contributor to Alabama Gardens section of Alabama Living and
freelance writer and editor)
Invocation: John Livings, Dixie EC
Pledge of Allegiance: David Hembree, Cullman EC
1:30-2:10 p.m. Alabama Department of Education
Dr. Thomas E. Bice, State Superintendent
2:10-2:50 p.m. Alabama Securities Commission
Deputy Director Ed Reed
2:50-3:30 p.m. Alabama Department of Public Health
Dr. Jim McVay, Director
Bureau of Health Promotion and Chronic Disease
3:30 p.m. Ice Cream Social (in Trade Show area)
Wednesday evening, April 22 / RENAISSANCE MONTGOMERY hotel
6:00 p.m. Reception
7:00 p.m. Dinner Buffet
Invocation: Patricia Janasky, Covington EC
Entertainment: The Chestangs (bluegrass)
Grand Prize Drawing: Two (2) 2015 Iron Bowl Tickets

7:00 a.m. ACRE Breakfast
Invocation: Charles Byrd, Central Alabama EC
Speaker: Seth Hammett, Interim Chief of Staff
Office of Governor Robert Bentley, State of Alabama
8:00-11:30 a.m. E&O/Materials Management/IT Conference
8:30 a.m. Memorial Program – Conducted by Tracy Reeder, Wiregrass EC
8:45 a.m. Business Meeting
Financial Report – Ed Williamson, Jackson Thornton
President’s Report – Fred Braswell, AREA
Election of Directors -Ted Jackson, Rushton Stakely
Resolutions Committee – Tommie Werneth, Chairman
9:30 a.m. AREA Board Reorganizational Meeting
10:15-10:45 a.m. Safety & Loss Control Update
Michael Kelley, AREA Director of Safety, Loss Control
& Regulatory Compliance
Kurvin Qualls, Lineman, Escambia River EC
10:45-11:30 a.m. Social Security Administration
Kylle McKinney, Public Affairs Specialist
11:30—11:50 a.m. USDA Rural Development
Ronald Davis, State Director
11:50—12:15 p.m. AREA Self Insured Pools
Karl Rayborn, AREA Senior Vice President & CFO
12:30 p.m. Closing Luncheon
Invocation: Scott Bobo, Marshall-DeKalb EC
YLC Presentation: Savannah Kyle Frederick, Wiregrass EC Communication Awards