Annual Meeting & Co-op Board
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Midwest Electric's 2020 Annual Meeting will be held VIRTUALLY
Saturday, June 6, 2020 | Starts at 9:15 am
Due to COVID-19 concerns and Governor Mike DeWine's order restricting public events, Midwest Electric’s Board and Directors and CEO decided the cooperative's Annual Meeting will be held using a virtual format this year. There will be no in-person attendance.
This decision was not made lightly and was done for the safety and well-being of Midwest Electric's members and employees. Though the board hopes all social and event restrictions will be lifted by June, the co-op was forced to make this decision in late March due to magazine printing deadlines and legal annual meeting notification requirements.
We hope our members understand why we had to make this call out of an abundance of caution. After all, we didn’t know whether large public gatherings would be allowed in June, if our members would be comfortable gathering, if St Marys High School would still want us there, etc.
Director elections & prizes still happening
All members will still receive a ballot in mid-May for the board of directors elections. Included with the ballot will be detailed instructions on how to participate in the virtual meeting. Cash prizes will still be awarded.
Because voting is done ahead of time by mail and online, no election business is conducted at our annual meeting. However, it is a great opportunity for members to be informed about their cooperative, hear what projects we're planning for, and for managers and directors to hear YOUR questions and concerns. We’ll still provide a co-op update during the virtual meeting, and our goal is to include opportunities for members to submit questions.
Please watch for your ballot in mid-May and plan to attend this year’s annual meeting virtually from the comfort of your home. If you have questions, don't hesitate to call us.
View the 2019 Annual Meeting Minutes here.
View the 2019 Annual Report here, as printed in May's issue of Ohio Cooperative Living magazine.
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.
For this year's 2020 elections, petitions may be filed by members who reside within the following districts:
District 1 (3-year term): Auglaize and Shelby counties
District 2 (3-year term): Allen and Putnam counties
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 8 a.m., May 4.
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 proposed change would allow 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 proposed change is an industry-recommended best practice that would prevent a conflict of interest.