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Annual meeting a summertime tradition | PHOTOS

Addison Grant, 4, along with her grandmother, Susan Grant of McDonough were among the thousands of Snapping Shoals Electric Membership Corp. members who attended the annual meeting Thursday at the Georgia International Horse Park. The Grants, who attend the meeting every year, picked up the EMC’s trademark yellow bucket and blue backpack, a new gift this year. (Staff Photos: Julie Wells) Addison Grant, 4, along with her grandmother, Susan Grant of McDonough were among the thousands of Snapping Shoals Electric Membership Corp. members who attended the annual meeting Thursday at the Georgia International Horse Park. The Grants, who attend the meeting every year, picked up the EMC’s trademark yellow bucket and blue backpack, a new gift this year. (Staff Photos: Julie Wells)

Addison Grant, 4, along with her grandmother, Susan Grant of McDonough were among the thousands of Snapping Shoals Electric Membership Corp. members who attended the annual meeting Thursday at the Georgia International Horse Park. The Grants, who attend the meeting every year, picked up the EMC’s trademark yellow bucket and blue backpack, a new gift this year. (Staff Photos: Julie Wells) Addison Grant, 4, along with her grandmother, Susan Grant of McDonough were among the thousands of Snapping Shoals Electric Membership Corp. members who attended the annual meeting Thursday at the Georgia International Horse Park. The Grants, who attend the meeting every year, picked up the EMC’s trademark yellow bucket and blue backpack, a new gift this year. (Staff Photos: Julie Wells)

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Robert Thompson, a cable tech who has been with Snapping Shoals for seven years, passes out buckets to members at the annual meeting. Snapping Shoals provided refreshments and music for the members who attended the meeting.

CONYERS — Thousands of Snapping Shoals EMC members and guests continued a summer tradition of attending the cooperative’s annual meeting Thursday at the Georgia International Horse Park.

They came with registration tickets in hand, the key to winning door prizes and collecting the famous 9-quart yellow plastic bucket containing an assortment of small gifts. A backpack was added to the giveaways this year. It contained an insulated lunch bag and some utensils.

The Omega Quartet provided the soundtrack as members gathered for conversation under the huge fans cooling the Charles C. Walker Arena.

David and Liz Oller of Newton County said they had been coming to the annual meeting for seven years. It’s a good outing for the grandchildren, they said.

Laura Millen of Rockdale County said this was her third time attending the annual meeting.

“It’s just a good way to get out and do something fun, and maybe win a prize,” she said.

Prizes given away at the meeting included a 2003 Ford Ranger pickup that was retired from the SSEMC fleet, a flat-screen TV and a DVD player. The oldest couple in attendance received a $100 credit on their power bill and the oldest member received a $50 credit.

Joe Flanigan of Newton County said he’s been coming to the annual meeting “as long as they’ve been having it.”

He said his friend won the pickup truck given away last year, and he was hoping it would be his turn this year.

During the business portion of the meeting, four SSEMC board members were re-elected without opposition. They are Brenda Mason, District 1, which includes Newton, Walton, Morgan and Jasper counties; Joseph Sharp, District 2, Rockdale County; Lewis Washington, District 4, Henry and Butts counties; and Frank Lineberger, District, 3, DeKalb County. Each was re-elected to a three-year term.

SSEMC is a non-profit, consumer-owned cooperative that provides electric service to about 95,000 residential, commercial and industrial consumers in an eight-county service area including parts of Rockdale, Henry, Newton, DeKalb, Butts, Walton, Jasper and Morgan counties.