SEC's Frank Harris Receives Distinguished Service Award
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SEC’s Frank Harris Receives Distinguished Service Award
-Statewide Association Recognizes Co-op Communicator’s Legacy -
CREWE, Va – Franklin (Frank) Delano Harris has been honored by the Virginia, Maryland & Delaware Association of Electric Cooperatives (VMDAEC) with the 2015 Electric Cooperative Distinguished Service Award.
Harris, who managed Southside Electric Cooperative’s (SEC) Public & Member Relations Department until his retirement in 2013, accepted his award at VMDAEC’s annual meeting held July 27 in Roanoke, Va. Harris went to work at SEC in 1977 and was promoted to public and member relations manager in 1982. Harris spent 36 years telling Southside Electric Cooperative’s story to the community and was affectionately known as “Mr. Southside Electric.”
In presenting the award, VMDAEC President and CEO Jack Reasor noted the significant contributions Harris made to his cooperative and the local communities it serves. “Frank planned and conducted 30 of SEC’s annual meetings, producing a special publication in 1987 in honor of the cooperative’s 50th anniversary. He established SEC’s AWARE member advocacy program and ably represented Virginia’s electric cooperatives before elected officials at all levels, as well as serving on Amelia County’s planning commission and school board.”
For years, Harris played a key role with Southside’s participation in the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association Youth Tour in Washington, D.C. He also promoted membership in ACRE, the electric cooperatives’ political action group. SEC Board Chairman Frank Bacon added, “Frank Harris is known locally, statewide and nationally as one who gives freely and fully of his time and talents, always with a spirit of cooperation and total commitment to the cooperative principles.”
The 2015 Distinguished Service Award resolution details Harris’ many contributions to his community. He served as vice-chairman of the Virginia Advisory Committee for Career & Technical Education and treasurer of the Piedmont Geriatric Association, and is in his sixth term on the Amelia County Board of Supervisors and is the board’s current chairman. He is a current member of the Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission and remains active at Mount Zion Baptist Church in Ford.
Harris was thrilled to receive the award as part of a luncheon celebration that included surprise guests, both family members and friends from sister electric cooperatives. “I’m honored. I’m really humbled,” Harris commented. SEC President and CEO Jeff Edwards concluded, “Frank radiates such a positive attitude and his pleasant demeanor is contagious. Even through tremendous adversity, his buoyant spirit has prevailed and has been an encouragement to us all. You can’t help but smile after talking to Frank, and the Cooperative remains grateful for his many years of service!”
Southside Electric Cooperative (SEC) is a not-for-profit member-owned energy provider that serves over 55,000 homes, farms and businesses in portions of 18 counties in central and southern Virginia. Headquartered in Crewe, SEC has district offices in Altavista, Crewe, Dinwiddie and Powhatan. For more information, go to www.sec.coop or visit us on social media.
Frank Harris, left, received the Electric Cooperatives’ Distinguished Service Award during a ceremony held at the Hotel Roanoke on July 27. At right are Jeff Edwards, president & CEO of SEC and Jack Reasor, president and CEO of the Virginia, Maryland and Delaware Association of Electric Cooperatives.