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First Electric members re-elect Rushing, Wood to board

Posted on June 25th, 2020

First Electric Cooperative held its annual membership meeting June 25 at the cooperative’s headquarters in Jacksonville. Members, voting by mail-in ballot, re-elected Karissa Rushing of Benton and Larry Wood of Cabot to each serve a six-year term on the First Electric Cooperative Board of Directors.

Rushing represents members in the Benton district.  A Saline County native, she has served on the board since 2014 and currently serves as secretary/treasurer. She has been an administrator at the Benton campus of Fellowship Bible Church for over a decade where she manages business operations, organizational planning and special events. She also leads women’s ministries and works with volunteer groups and local missions.

Wood represents members in the Jacksonville District and has served on the board since 1975. He previously served as vice chairman and as secretary/treasurer. A cattle and hay farmer, Wood also serves on the Centennial Bank Board of Directors in Cabot, is a member of the Arkansas Cattleman’s Association and a lifelong member of Cabot United Methodist Church.

The First Electric Board of Directors also includes: Tom Hasty Jr., Almyra; Robert Hill, Perryville; Tracy Hudspeth, Drasco; Rick Love, Jacksonville; David Luebke, Scott; Robert Maertens, Benton; and Todd Prothro, Rose Bud.

First Electric members who returned their ballots were entered in a drawing for prizes. This year’s prizes included five $200 bill credits for electricity, five Sharper Image electric s’mores makers and five Greenworks electric pressure washers.

The Annual Report also was discussed during the meeting. The cooperative ended 2019 with more than $498 million in total assets, and more than $9.66 million was returned to members in the form of capital credit checks.

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