Annual Meeting & Co-op Board
Enjoy a great meal, good company, and participate in your co-op's democratic process.
Midwest Electric’s Annual Meeting is 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! Highlights include:
- 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!
- New $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 2019. 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. 2020 following confirmation of college or trade school enrollment with a minimum 2.5 GPA.
This year’s Annual Meeting is June 1, 2019, at St. Marys High School. 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.
View the 2019 Annual Report here, as printed in May's issue of Ohio Cooperative Living magazine.
Midwest Electric is governed by a 9-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.
A member in a district listed below 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.
Up for election this year are:
- District 1 (3 years) – Auglaize/Shelby counties
- District 3 (3 years) – Van Wert County
- District 4 (3 years) – Mercer/Darke 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 2. Call us for more information, or for a copy of the Code of Regulations.
Click here to see Midwest Electric's 2019 Code of Regulations and Articles of Incorporation.
At the Annual Meeting June 1, our board is seeking by-law changes and asking all members to vote on these changes in mid-May when your ballot arrives via mail. The board is requesting your “yes” vote in favor of two proposed additions to the Code of Regulations.
The requested changes are summarized here. If you have questions, please call our office at 800-962-3830 from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
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.