The board has approved changes to the September 22nd Annual Meeting to insure the safety of our members by adhering to the Cedar County Health Department recommendations while maintaining the integrity of the Annual Meeting. This year registration will be open from 9:00AM to 6:30PM on the day of the meeting. Members will be able to register without leaving their vehicle during this time to collect their door prize and submit their ballot if desired. Cooperative offices will be closing to normal operations at noon the day of the annual meeting. All members who register at the cooperative headquarters will receive a $50.00 credit on their electric bill. Members will not be required to stay for the business meeting to collect the door prize and the $50.00 credit.
Any members who wish to stay for the business meeting will be asked to park at the top of the hill and walk to the warehouse. There will not be food, entertainment, or a prize drawing this year. Members who would like to remain for the business meeting will be asked to wear protective face coverings and maintain a social distance of 6 feet outside of family groups.
While these plans for the Annual Meeting may change due to continuing challenges of COVID-19, the board of directors believes giving the drive-thru option for registration will allow the maximum number of members to benefit from the Annual Meeting without the increased risk of serving food to large crowds with close-quarter seating. Members who do not intend to attend the meeting at all can exercise their right to vote by mail.
A cooperative annual meeting is one more way members have of controlling their cooperative. Each year elections are held for three of the nine cooperative districts. Members are able to hear from the General Manager and the board regarding the strength and future of the cooperative. The rules and order of the annual meeting are set down in the cooperative bylaws.