The 2018 Covington Electric Cooperative Annual Meeting is scheduled for Thursday, April 5, at the Kiwanis Community Center located south of Andalusia on County Road 56. CEC members along with their families and friends are encouraged to attend this important meeting. Seating will be limited, so feel free to bring your lawn chairs.
Registration for the meeting will begin at 3 p.m. There are no designated lines for registering so you can walk up to any Member Services Representative (MSR) at the registration tables to register at the meeting. CEC employees will be ready to answer questions and assist members with this process if needed.
Entertainment provided by The Kempters will begin at 5 p.m., and our main group, The Kingsmen Quartet, will start about 6 p.m. The business session will begin at 7 p.m.
Since 1956, The Kingsmen Quartet has risen from humble beginnings in the mountains of western North Carolina to one of the most beloved and innovative groups in Christian music. Brothers Raymond, Reese, and Louis McKinney formed the gospel group, traveling locally throughout the western part of the Carolinas and completing dozens of recordings by the late 60’s. Countless renowned artists have been a part of this great lineage; such as Eldridge Fox, “Big” Jim Hamill, Ray Dean Reese, Squire Parsons, and Johnny Parrack just to name a few. The momentum has not stopped as this group continues to help define the Southern Gospel genre for a whole new generation of music lovers. Always seeking to have a creative edge, they began introducing themselves as, “The Ton of Fun”. Through the late 1970’s and 80’s, more hits were churning from albums such as “Chattanooga Live”, “Live Naturally”, and “Live at The University of Alabama”. These albums combined with high energy and up-tempo music brought music lovers an exciting brand of showmanship.
The successes of The Kingsmen have led to many prestigious opportunities. In 1977, The Kingsmen performed on the south lawn of the White House for President Jimmy Carter and in 1982 they performed at the opening ceremony of the World’s Fair in Knoxville, Tenn., which was broadcast on local and regional TV, with President Ronald Regan present to open the fair. The Kingsmen was also the first group to film and record a live performance at the famous Grand Ole Opry in Nashville and in 2000 they were inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame followed by the Christian Music Hall of Fame in 2008. They’ve garnered multiple Dove awards and numerous Singing News Fan awards. The Kingsmen band was voted favorite band a record 17 times making this quartet one of the most awarded groups in Southern Gospel Music.
More than 30 door prizes will be given to lucky CEC members at the meeting. The major prizes to be given away will be detailed in the March issue of Alabama Living.
During the important business session, a brief report on CEC’s 2017 operations will be presented and two members representing Districts I and II will be elected to three-year terms on the board of trustees.
Nominees named by the nominating committees to be voted on for possible election to the board are: District I—Gary Harris and Charles Grace. District II—Dr. Bill King and Joey Davis. Gary Harris and Dr. Bill King are incumbent trustees for Districts I and II respectively.