Baldwin EMC held its 2016 Annual Meeting on Friday, November 4. The meeting included voting in elections for trustees and bylaw revisions.
Aubury L. Fuller of Marlow was re-elected to another term representing District 3 and Chad B. Grace of Bay Minette was elected to serve as the representative for District 1 on Baldwin EMC’s board. More than 18,000 members voted either in person or by mail in this year’s election. The Annual Meeting also included special addresses from Board President Peggy Vanover Barnes and Chief Executive Officer Karen Moore.
Fuller has served on the Board of Trustees for 22 years and has earned the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s (NRECA) Board Leadership and Director Gold Certificates. He has also been named a Credentialed Cooperative Director by NRECA. He attended Faulkner State Community College and Central Texas College. He also served two and a half years in the United States Army and is a veteran of the Vietnam War. After college and his tenure in the military, Fuller returned home to Baldwin County to work in the family business which he has owned since 1979. Fuller is married to Clarissa Yelding Fuller, and has two daughters and three grandchildren. He serves as a deacon at Mount Gilead Baptist Church in Summerdale, where he also sits on the Board of Trustees.
Grace has served on Baldwin EMC’s Board of Trustees since 2014 and has been named a Credentialed Cooperative Director by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA). He has also earned the NRECA Board Leadership Certificate and the NRECA Director Gold Certificate. Grace holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of South Alabama with a double major in Biological Sciences and Chemistry. He currently owns and operates L.A. Carpet Broker Inc., a retail flooring business. He is married to Nancy Klinner Grace, and has three children. He attends East Pointe Baptist Church in Spanish Fort.
Immediately following the Annual Meeting, Baldwin EMC’s board of trustees held a re-organizational meeting to select board officers for the upcoming year. Peggy Vanover Barnes was re-elected to serve as president, Tommie Werneth was once again chosen to serve as vice president and Jimmy LaFoy was re-elected to serve as secretary/treasurer.