One big bash

Clay Co-op members feted at annual meeting

The Strom Bryson Memorial Quilt was crafted by Lou Miller, right, who - along with Stephanie Johnnides of Southeast Tissue Alliance - was on hand to discuss the organ donor program. Miller's husband, Jack, was one of the organ donors honored on the quilt.

AIDA MALLARD/Special to The Sun
Published: Thursday, April 1, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, March 31, 2004 at 10:26 p.m.
Clay Electric Cooperative rolled out the red carpet with top entertainment and delicious grilled chicken dinners for the approximately 5,000 members attending the 66th annual meeting held Thursday at the co-op's headquarters in Keystone Heights.
A few years ago, and after decades of serving fried chicken cooked by cooperative employees, Clay Electric opted for grilled chicken dinners catered by Hill's Bar-B-Que and Catering of Gainesville.
Bob Bordeaux of Hill's said cooking on-site began at 4:30 a.m. to get the 5,000 pieces of chicken, 168 gallons of baked beans and 1,500 pounds of cole slaw ready for the noon lunch.
Folks began arriving early to claim the best seats under the big tent to enjoy gospel music by The Anchorman; to listen to wisdom and humor from Bob Farmer, spokesman for The Old Farmer's Almanac and other guest speakers, including Bill Phillips, CEO of Clay Electric.
More than 104 door prizes and a 1997 Ford Ranger pickup truck were given away during the afternoon session.
There were many energy exhibits and a health fair. A popular stop was the Therapy Through Massage booth manned by Shannon Fraser and Lorie Buttry.
Lou Mille
r, volunteer with the Southeast Tissue Alliance, and Stephanie Johnnides displayed a Strom Bryson Memorial Quilt crafted by Miller. Strom Bryson was a 17-year-old organ donor. Miller's husband, Jack F. Miller, was an organ donor.
Members cast votes for three unopposed board of trustees incumbents. They are: Ray Wingate, District 1; Cedrick Smith, District 8 and Angus Hastings, District 9.
Aida Mallard can be reached at 473-4625 or

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