Annual Meeting & Co-op Board
Hear news and updates, and participate in your co-op's democratic process.
Midwest Electric’s Annual Meeting is usually the first Saturday morning in June. It's your chance to exercise your ownership rights and privileges in your cooperative. All members are invited. Best of all – the business meeting typically only lasts 45 minutes!
- Trustee election results announced and results of voting of by-law changes, if applicable. (Voting is conducted prior to the meeting, by mail and online.)
- Annual “State of the Cooperative” address by the CEO, Board President, and an executive from our power supply cooperative, Buckeye Power.
- $3,000 in cash prizes.
- Health Fair.
- Free breakfast buffet.
- Kids games, bounce houses, and more!
- $1,000 scholarship drawing, done entirely at the meeting and unrelated to our general scholarship program - the winner must be present to win and cannot have won a past scholarship from us.
- Any Midwest Electric member is eligible who will be a college or trade school student in the fall of 2021. Members, or children of members, must enter at the annual meeting, where the winner will be drawn and must physically be attending to win. Money will be disbursed in Feb. 2022 following confirmation of college or trade school enrollment with a minimum 2.5 GPA.
Registration and the free breakfast buffet start at 8:15 a.m. The business meeting starts at 9:15 a.m. Read Ohio Cooperative Living for more information and an RSVP card. Watch your mail in mid-May for your official ballot.
Official Business Reports
View the 2019 Annual Report here, as printed in May's issue of Ohio Cooperative Living magazine.
Each year, the board members up for election rotate. Board directors serve three-year terms. Stay tuned for more information on what districts are up for election this year.
Petition forms to run for the board are available each year starting in May. Please call our office for more information.
**During elections, each member can vote in all districts, regardless of where they live. This is the Cooperative Principle of "Democratic Member Control" in action! We are led by our members.
Election results are then announced at the co-op's annual meeting.
Midwest Electric is governed by an 8-member board of trustees, comprised of co-op members just like you. Any member residing in a district up for election (listed below) may become a candidate by obtaining a petition form from the co-op’s office, and obtaining at least fifteen (15) valid signatures of members who reside within that district.
The Board meets monthly to review the financial and operating performance of your cooperative. They review reports from the manager/CEO and department managers and provide general direction for management decisions.
Other important issues – such as long-term planning and whether to change electric rates – are also acted upon by the Board. Candidates will need a commitment and a desire to always strive to do what is in the best long-term interest of the cooperative and its members.
Any member in the district up for election may be a candidate for the Midwest Electric Board of Trustees. Interested members must obtain a petition from our office and get at least 15 valid signatures of members who reside within the district.
Please stay tuned for details about 2021's elections.
Candidates must complete the official petition form. Petition forms typically are available in early spring. The properly completed petition must be filed in the co-op’s office by early May.
Contact us for more information, a petition form, or for a copy of the Code of Regulations.
Click here to see Midwest Electric's 2020 Code of Regulations and Articles of Incorporation. This includes the membership's vote in January 2020 to amend the Code by removing the "at-large" board director position, meaning the co-op board has 8 directors rather than the previous 9.
At the Annual Meeting June 1, 2019, our members voted to pass proposed by-law changes recommended by the board.
The changes made are summarized here.
Article IV — Directors
Section 3 — Qualifications
#1: Ammend item (a) as follows by adding the below bolded text:
(a) No person shall be eligible to become or remain a member of the Board who:
(i) is not of legal age;
(ii) is not a member and bona fide resident in the particular district within the service area of the Cooperative which he is to represent; or
(iii) is in any way employed by or financially interested in a competing enterprise or a business selling electric power and/or energy, or supplies to the cooperative, or a business primarily engaged in selling electrical or plumbing appliances, fixtures or supplies to the members of the Cooperative. A member who has a distributed or renewable energy system primarily to offset their own facility use but may be selling limited overproduction to the cooperative is not excluded from serving on the Board.
Note: The current Code may restrict a member who has renewable generation from serving on the Board. The change allows such a member to serve on the Board. We believe this to be more fair to all our members.
#2: Add item (c) as follows by adding the below bolded text:
(c) No person shall be elected to or appointed as a member of the Board of Directors who is or has been during the preceding three years an employee of a statewide association of electric cooperatives, an electric generation and transmission cooperative, or other entity in which the cooperative is a member.
Note: The change is an industry-recommended best practice that would prevent a conflict of interest.