2020 Annual Meeting – Business Meeting Goes Virtual
Stearns Electric Association adjusted its traditional business meeting in 2020 due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. In an effort to ensure the health and safety of our members and employees during this unique time, the Cooperative has created a virtual 2019 annual update for our members in place of our traditional in-person business meeting.
Please submit any questions regarding this update by using the form below or calling our office at (800) 962-0655. Member questions, along with responses from Co-op employees and directors, will be posted on our website for review throughout the month of July.
As there will be no action taken during the business meeting portion of the Annual Meeting, the virtual update is in accordance with the Cooperative’s Bylaws.
2020 Stearns Electric Election Results Announced
Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Cooperative’s 83rd Annual Meeting was bifurcated, or split into two different meetings: Election Results and Business Meeting.
On May 7, 2020 at 1 p.m., the election results for the Board of Director positions in Districts 1, 7 and 8, as well as the amendments to the Cooperative’s Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws were announced through a live stream broadcast (see below). The results are as follows:
Board of Director District 1:
Timothy Anway: 109
Greg Blaine: 245
Board of Director District 7:
Lawrence “Lonnie” Iverson: 250
Board of Director District 8:
Earl Chesnik: 112
Eric Peterson: 184
Amendments to the Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws:
Our total voter turnout was 12.21% across all districts.
The self-governance of the Cooperative through the Annual Meeting and election of a Board by the membership is one of the differences that sets cooperatives apart from investor owned utilities. This is YOUR Cooperative. To remain healthy and strong, we need to have continued, active participation and support by you, our member-consumers.
The Business Meeting portion of the Annual Meeting will be rescheduled to a later date and time following national and state health and safety guidelines. Information will be announced in the Power Connection newsletter as it is available.
We understand the modifications to the Annual Meeting this year are not ideal, but we continue working hard to accomplish the Cooperative’s business as best as we can during this unique time.