Annual Meeting & Co-op Board
Hear news and updates, and participate in your co-op's democratic process.
Midwest Electric’s Annual Meeting is scheduled for Saturday, June 5, 2021, at St. Marys Memorial High School. It's your chance to exercise your ownership rights and privileges in your cooperative.
Registration, kids games, and the free breakfast buffet start at 8:15 a.m. The business meeting starts at 9:15 a.m.
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 (must wear a mask during all screenings. Payment is expected at the time of service.)
- Free breakfast buffet (must wear a mask while in the food line to comply with COVID guidelines)
- 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.
Read Ohio Cooperative Living for more information and an RSVP card. Watch your mail in mid-May for your official ballot.
Have questions or comments you'd like addressed during the meeting? Give us a call at 800-962-3830.
Official Business Reports
View the 2020 Annual Report here, as printed in May's issue of Ohio Cooperative Living magazine.
Do you want to give back to your community? This may be your chance to be a part of the decision-making body that governs the policies of Midwest Electric and sets the cooperative’s direction and focus.
Three of the eight seats on the co-op board of directors are up for election in 2021. Directors serve a 3-year term. Voting will be conducted by mail and online, with results announced at the annual meeting June 5.
Any member residing in a district up for election may become a candidate by obtaining a petition form from the co-op’s office and obtaining at least 15 valid signatures of members who reside within that district.
For the 2021 elections, petitions may be filed by members who reside within the following districts:
- District 2 (3-year term): Allen and Putnam counties
- District 3 (3-year term): Van Wert County
- District 4 (3-year term): Mercer and Darke counties
The board meets monthly to review the financial and operating performance of your cooperative. They review reports from the 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 must commit to strive to do what is in the best long-term interests of the cooperative and its members.
To apply to run, candidates must complete the official petition form and file it in the co-op’s office by 8 a.m. on May 5, 2021. Call us at 800-962-3830 for details or for a copy of the Code of Regulations.
**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 on June 5.
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 see the "Board Elections" drop-down menu above for details about this year's election process. Districts 2, 3 and 4 are up for election in 2021.
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.
For 2021's election, members are being asked to support the passage of several proposed updates to the co-op's Code of Regulations. Members will vote to approve or reject these changes to the Code on their mail ballot arriving in mid-May. You can vote by mail or online using your special ballot instructions.
Summary of Proposed Changes (click here to see PDF version)
- Director Qualifications – nepotism and criminal background
To bring our Code of Regulations up to date, the Board would like to add language that prohibits someone from serving on the Board if there is a close relative already serving on the Board or as an employee.
To uphold governance best practices, the Board also would like to add language that prohibits someone from serving on the Board if they have a felony criminal record.
We have not had problems with these issues, but the Board is seeking to be proactive.
- Remote / virtual meetings
The COVID impact on meetings brought to light a need to update this part of the Code of Regulations. Our Annual Meeting, which typically attracts around 800 members and their family, had to be held online due to COVID restrictions.
Our monthly Board Meetings were held remotely during the first few months of the COVID restrictions.
Although, due to the emergency pandemic situation, we held remote meetings in the past year without having the remote meeting language in place, it is recommended by governance and legal experts to update the Code and specifically add such language.
The Board intends to hold in-person member and board meetings to the greatest extent possible, and reserve the remote meetings as an option.
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.