SEC's 2020 Annual Meeting canceled
Article was added on Monday, April 06, 2020
Ladies and Gentlemen, I never thought I would be writing a
column such as this. However, it must be said.
Santee Electric Cooperative is postponing indefinitely its 2020
Annual Meeting of the Membership. The meeting was to take
place on April 14. In fact, I had already submitted another -
very different - version of this column remarking how excited I was
to have an opportunity to see all of you again this
That, obviously, is not going to happen now. With all of
the warnings and urging from DHEC, the CDC, the President, and the
Governor regarding the corona virus (COVID-19), there is no way we
could hold a meeting like our annual meeting. Putting over
4000 people in one location in a single afternoon would be careless
The obvious question is … When WILL we have the meeting?
The truth is that I do not know. I am hopeful that we may be
able to reschedule something for this summer or the coming
fall. However, until we - as a country - are able to get this
virus under control, we do not know when we will be able to return
to what we see as normal life.
As is the case with many of you, my children are having school
at home and all of their ballgames have been cancelled. While
I cherish this extra time with them, the truth is that this virus
is robbing them of valuable experiences. That's just one
example - of thousands - of a way that our lives are being
In this difficult time, I would like to ask for three things
First, please heed the advice we have all been given.
Practice the "social distancing" and extra hygiene that we hear so
much about right now. Normally, things are better when we
come together, but - for now - the best thing for our country is
for her people to separate until we can get a handle on this
Second, as long as it is practicable and safe, please support
your local businesses. Times like these are very tough on
them and their employees. For example, although dine-in
options are suspended, as I am writing this column, many
restaurants still have take-out, drive-through, and delivery
options. Please utilize them as much as you can. Our
economy needs you.
Finally - but most important - I ask you to pray. Pray for
the government officials making critical decisions on a daily
basis. Pray for the medical professionals that are putting
themselves in harm's way to provide critical services. Pray
for our people.
You have heard a great deal to the effect of, "What we do in the
next 15 days will make a tremendous amount of difference." As
I am writing this, that 15 days has just begun. When you read
it, the 15 days will be past. You know more than I did when I
wrote this. I pray today … that you have good news
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