Most of us live busy lives. We find ourselves multitasking, constantly checking phones and email to keep up with the demands of modern life. Thanks to technology, we can accomplish many tasks electronically and remotely to be more efficient. With so many pressing obligations, we like to protect our “spare” time. Invitations to attend in-person meetings and gatherings are weighed carefully as we decide whether or not our time and effort to attend is beneficial. The answer to the question, “what’s in it for me?” must be compelling. You may think attending Boone Electric’s Annual Meeting would be easy to lump into the “no benefit to me” category. However, I’d ask you to think again.
Boone Electric exists to provide safe, reliable and affordable energy to its members (that’s you!). Equally important is our mission to enrich the lives of all members and to serve the long-term interests of our local communities. This is where you can help. As a member of the community, you have a perspective that is valuable––and we invite you to share it with the co-op.
At the annual meeting, co-op leaders will discuss priorities and challenges, and discuss the financial health and priorities for the coming years. Annual Meeting is also the time to vote for new board members who will represent you––the members of the co-op. Board members are local members, just like you.
Boone Electric is one of the few local organizations that is uniquely positioned to bring together all members of the community. It is worth noting that the health of the co-op and the well-being of the community are closely intertwined.
Perhaps you may feel that you have nothing to add to the discussion, so there is no need to attend the annual meeting. However, every energy bill you pay to the co-op helps ensure better service and reliability for the whole community. Your dollars are reinvested locally into improvements that impact the reliability and affordability of your energy, and Boone Electric wants to hear from you to better inform our decisions as we plan for the future.
While Boone Electric provides convenient electronic options for bill-paying and communication, there are times when there is no substitute for in-person engagement. When members of our community come together for a common purpose, we improve the quality of life for all in our corner of the world.
If you’ve never attended our Annual Meeting, or if it’s been awhile, please stop by. Our co-op family looks forward to visiting with you! We’ll have food, fun family entertainment, kids activities and prizes. Don’t worry if it’s a scorching hot summer day, we will be inside with air conditioning! Mark your calendar for the Annual Meeting on Friday, July 12, at Battle High School.
Absentee ballots will be available at Boone Electric from June 17 - July 2 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Absentee ballots are identical to ballots given to members at Annual Meeting. Members vote for a Director from each district and for or against any bylaw amendment, if applicable, on the ballot. Members who are unable to attend this year's Annual Meeting and choose to vote by absentee ballot must be listed as a member on the account and provide photo ID prior to receiving a ballot.
A cooperative membership is generally held as a single membership. The person in your household considered to be the member is the only one who can vote at annual meeting. If this member will not be attending annual meeting to vote, then they can complete this proxy for another adult relative in the household to vote on their behalf, such as a spouse. A member may vote by proxy executed in writing by the member. A proxy may be filed at or before the time of the annual meeting. A member may give his/her proxy only to an adult relative living in the same house with the member. And no person may hold more than one proxy at any meeting. Proxy vote card located in the July Rural Missouri Extra.
The 2019 Boone Electric Director candidates will be in the July Rural Missouri Extra pages. The pages will include bios of the candidates.