Be informed about your Cooperative and have your voice be heard!
As a member-owned Cooperative, Annual Meetings provide an opportunity for members to hear reports from officers and directors, receive a financial update, ask questions and learn the results of the director elections.
Survey & Ballot Systems, an independent firm, conducts the election voting and will mail a ballot to Stearns Electric members in each voting district at least two weeks prior to the Annual Meeting. Members can vote ahead of the Annual Meeting by mail or online. Voting instructions will be included with your ballot. Members can also vote in-person at the Annual Meeting.
Any member in good standing may seek election for the Board of Directors in the district in which he/she resides. Interested candidates need to fill out an Application for Directors within the nominations window and submit it to the Secretary prior to the election. The deadline for board candidates is typically mid-January, prior to the spring elections.
84th ANNUAL MEETING: A DRIVE-IN
Thursday, May 6, 2021
Stearns County Fairgrounds | Sauk Centre, MN
7 – 8 p.m. (Gates open at 6 p.m.)
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s Annual Meeting will be a drive-in. Members are invited to listen to our broadcast from the comfort of their vehicles or grab a lawn chair and sit outside near our outdoor stage. Please follow recommended social distancing guidelines and stay at least six feet apart from others who are not in your household.
Gates Open: 6 p.m.
Business Meeting: 7 p.m.
BRING YOUR ANNUAL REPORT TO THE ANNUAL MEETING
Please bring your copy of the Annual Report for registration and to follow along during our Drive-In Annual Meeting.
STEARNS COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS MAP
View our event map for information about where to enter the fairgrounds, where to park, where restrooms are located and more.
BUTTER AND CHEESE GIVEAWAY
The first 300 vehicles that arrive to the Annual Meeting will receive one pound of cheese and one pound of butter quarters as a gift from the Cooperative.
WIN DOOR PRIZES
Each member account present on May 6th will also have a chance to win one of eight $100 door prizes from local restaurants and businesses. We are also giving away two $100 bill credits.
Members in Districts 3, 4, 5 and 9 will have the chance to elect a director for their district in 2021. Due to ongoing restrictions, we encourage members in these districts to vote by mail or electronically. A ballot package will be sent to you in April. Voting in person at the Annual Meeting will be an option for those interested.
DIRECTOR ELECTION – DISTRICTS 4, 5 & 9
The Annual Meeting postponement does not impact the 2021 Director Elections in districts 4, 5 and 9. The nominations window for districts 4, 5 and 9 closed at 4 p.m. on Thursday, January 28, 2021. Here are the 2021 candidates:
SPECIAL ELECTION – DISTRICT 3
Due to a vacant Director position in District 3, Stearns Electric is conducting a Special Election in District 3. The nominations window for District 3 closed at 4 p.m. on Thursday, February 25, 2021. Here are the 2021 candidates in District 3:
- Christopher (Chris) Bergman | Biography | Video
- Michael (Mike) Cramer | Biography | Video
- Loren Estwick| Biography | Video
- Thomas (Tom) Keller | Biography | Video
- William (Bill) Kemp | Biography | Video
- Vijay Puri | Biography | Video
- James (Jim) Rasmusson | Biography| Video
- Robert (Bob) Stommes | Biography | Video
On January 28, 2021, the current director in district 3, Richard “Dick” Nathe, resigned from his position on the Stearns Electric Association Board of Directors. This leaves a one-year vacancy on the Cooperative’s Board in district 3. Per our Bylaws, this vacancy needs to be filled in conjunction with our next Annual Meeting.
It was determined by Stearns Electric Association Board President Randy Rothstein that postponing the current Annual Meeting was in the best interest of Stearns Electric Association and its members, especially those residing in district 3. Postponing the Annual Meeting will allow adequate time for candidates in district 3 to apply for the vacancy on the Board of Directors. Read the full announcement on our blog.
Postponed Annual Meeting Date: May 6, 2021