Annual Meeting & Co-op Board
Hear news and updates, and participate in your co-op's democratic process.
Midwest Electric's 2020 Annual Meeting will be held VIRTUALLY
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. The co-op was forced to make this decision in late March due to magazine printing deadlines and legal annual meeting notification requirements.
Director elections still happening - Don't forget to VOTE!
All members will still receive a ballot in the mail in mid-May for the board of directors elections. Members can also vote HERE starting May 13 through June 3. Please note you will need your special member ID included with your mail ballot to vote online.
Each member can vote in all districts, regardless of where they live. Please vote for only ONE candidate per district.
*Click the "Board Candidates for Election" tab below to see this year's candidates running for election in Districts 1 &2.
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.
Submit a question by June 3 to be included in CASH door prize drawings!
We want to hear from members about topics important to you. Send us a question or topic to be covered during the virtual annual meeting. Be sure to include you name and address. We might not be able to answer all questions during the meeting but will answer your question directly if not.
Your question is your door prize entry. One question per member please. All questions must be received by June 3 to be counted.
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.
Official Business Reports
View the 2019 Annual Meeting Minutes here.
View the 2019 Annual Report here, as printed in May's issue of Ohio Cooperative Living magazine.
Randy Heinl, 12046 Infirmary Road, Wapakoneta, has been a Midwest Electric member for 33 years. He has served on the Midwest Electric Board of Directors since 2004 and currently serves as secretary/ treasurer. Randy has earned the Board Leadership Certificate, Credentialed Cooperative Director Certificate, and Director Gold Credential through the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. He graduated from Wapakoneta High School. Heinl has worked for the Telephone Service Company of Wapakoneta for 38 years; 10 years as a Lineman and 28 years as the Outside Plant Manager including construction of poles, aerial and buried cables. He is a member of the Optimist Club and past board member; and he is a past baseball, basketball and soccer coach. Heinl is a member of the American Legion and Eagles. Randy and his wife, Judy, are members of St Joseph Catholic Church, and have two daughters, both married, and six grandchildren, and a son in college working on his Masters degree.
Lesia Arnett, 11885 E. Shelby Rd., St. Marys, has been a Midwest Electric member for more than 15 years. She is Executive Director of Development, Marketing and Outreach at Grand Lake Health System and Joint Township District Memorial Hospital. Arnett has 30 years of sales and marketing experience within the healthcare setting. She grew up with a farming background in St. Marys and was very active in 4-H and FFA. Lesia is a graduate of St. Marys Memorial High School and Wright State University with a degree in Business Management. Her current role as Executive Director includes overseeing all aspects of marketing and development, working directly with the hospital CEO, including outreach services to the community and industry in Auglaize, Mercer, Shelby and Allen counties. Lesia’s community service includes: the American Heart Association Board (Greater Dayton Region) for the past 7 years, AHA Go Red Goes North (Executive Committee Member), Auglaize – Mercer YMCA Board Member (Chair Elect), New Bremen- New Knoxville Rotary Board Member (Past President), Grand Lake Area Safety Council (Steering Committee Member), Society of Occupational Health Professionals, and Healthy Business Council of Ohio member. Lesia and Kurt, her husband, are members of First Church in New Knoxville. They enjoy spending time with their three children and six grandchildren.
Tim Hemleben, St. Marys, has been a Midwest Electric member for 18 years. He has resided and worked in Auglaize County nearly his entire life. Tim has governing boards experience as a former Wapakoneta City Council member and current deacon and council member at Trinity Lutheran Church - Moulton. Hemleben graduated from Wapakoneta High School and attended The Ohio State University. Professionally, he now focuses on rental property management. Tim and his wife, Teri, live in St. Marys Township, Auglaize County.
Larry Vandemark, 2980 N. Wapakoneta Road, Elida, has been a Midwest Electric member for 47 years. He has served on the Midwest Electric Board of Directors since 2005. Larry is presently serving as Board President. Vandemark has earned the Board Leadership and Credentialed Cooperative Director certificate along with maintaining the Director Gold Certificate through the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. He is a graduate of Elida High School and attended The Ohio State University. Larry is associate broker with Oakridge Realty & Auction Co. in Lima, as well as an active farmer in Allen County. Vandemark also serves as an American Township trustee in Allen County as well as past president of the West Central Association of Realtors. He is a member of the Allen County Township Trustee Association and also serves on the Allen County Regional Planning Commission. Larry and Sharon, his wife, are active members of Cable Road Alliance Church in Lima. Larry and Sharon have three children and three grandchildren.
**Each member can vote in all districts, regardless of where they live. Please vote for only ONE candidate per district.
Election Results will be announced at the co-op's Virtual Annual Meeting at 9:15 a.m., Saturday, June 6.
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.