Voting Results and Prize Winners
April 9th, 2021
THANK YOU to everyone who came out and supported NWEC during our 80th Annual Meeting yesterday evening!
We had record attendance, with 1,022 voting members registered across our three locations. Woodward had our largest turnout with 612 members, followed by Buffalo with 276 and Shattuck with 134.
All four bylaw amendments passed.
72% of members voted in favor of the first amendment, changing the joint membership language from husband and wife to married couple.
95% of members voted in favor of the second amendment, adding a new section to the bylaws with language regarding easements.
97% of members voted in favor of the third amendment, changing the annual meeting timeframe from the first full week of April to anytime throughout the year.
96% of members voted in favor of the fourth amendment, removing the physical description of the districts and simplifying the redistricting process.
The 2019 minutes and financials were also approved by 99% of members.
Congratulations to all of our prize winners as well! Each winner will be called.
Once again, thank you to all of our amazing members who came out and supported the co-op for our first drive-through annual meeting!
Mark Your Calendar: April 8, 2021
Bringing the Drive-Through to You
NWEC Annual Meeting Set for April 8, 2021
We would like to invite you to take a Sunday drive on a Thursday for Northwestern Electric Cooperative’s 80th Annual Meeting! This year NWEC will have stations set in Woodward, Buffalo and Shattuck for members to drive-through and be a part of this historical event for the co-op.
It is harder and harder to imagine the times when families would gather up in their cars and go for a drive without anywhere special to be. Nowadays rather than the drive, it is the location itself that has become the focus of family travel. With that in mind, we would love to give you and your family somewhere special to be, so we hope to see you at one of NWEC’s Annual Meeting stations!
The Annual Meeting of members will be held on April 8, 2021, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Woodward County Event Center, Harper County Fairgrounds, and the Alco Building in Shattuck.
Members who register will receive a $10 energy credit and be entered to win one of our cash or energy credit prizes! Up for grabs will be four $500 cash prizes, 10 $100 cash prizes, and 40 $50 energy credits. When members register, they will be automatically entered into the drawing - so no action is necessary, other than driving-through the meeting of course! Every member who stops by will also receive a stadium blanket and a set of NWEC car-vent air fresheners.
Members will soon receive an official notice by mail, which will include the previous meeting’s minutes, the financial report for the co-op and suggested bylaw changes for members to review. When members arrive to one of our three drive-through locations on April 8, they will be greeted by our NWEC employees who will be ready to help members register, vote and receive their gifts from the co-op!
Voting results and prize winners will be announced on NWEC’s Facebook Page and Website on Friday, April 9, 2021.
More information will be shared on our Website, Facebook Page and in our Annual Report, which will arrive in early April in place of the NW Network. Be on the lookout for your official Annual Meeting Notice to arrive by mail in late March or early April. We hope to see you, in person (finally!), at NWEC’s 80th Annual Meeting!
Members can stop by any one of the three locations between 4 and 7 p.m. to regsiter, cast their vote and receive their gifts from the co-op.
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What is Annual Meeting?
One of the fundamental principles cooperatives operate by is democratic member control. This means that our members must be involved in decisions like bylaw changes and board member elections. So, each year NWEC hosts an annual meeting of the members to conduct a proper business meeting that keeps members informed and brings any items of business before the membership that may need approval or a vote.
In short, all members of Northwestern Electric! Northwestern Electric Cooperative is member owned and member controlled, so it is our members who attend the offical business meeting of the cooperative - Annual Meeting.
Having members at the annual meeting is something the NWEC board and employees always enjoy. Good conversation and helpful suggestions are vital to the co-op adjusting to best meet our member’s needs.
However, member attendance is about much more than good conversation.
One of the largest benefits of being a part of a cooperative, revolves around the business model we operate by. Any changes to our bylaws or our board of directors go through you, our membership. Our board of directors are given the privilege to serve based completely on your vote, and we cannot make any changes to the bylaws we operate by without member review and approval. This is because democratic member control is one of seven cooperative principles that guide NWEC’s values.
On April 8, 2021, the proposed bylaw changes will be presented to our membership for a vote (Visit the link below to review the changes). From 4-7 p.m. at three locations in our service territory members are encouraged to drive-through, register and cast their votes for each change. Also presented to the members for approval will be the previous annual meeting’s minutes and our financial report. Both the minutes and the financial report will be included in with the official annual meeting notice, which will arrive by mail in late March or early April.
Voting results will be announced on NWEC’s Facebook Page and Website on Friday, April 9, 2021.
We encourage all members to come take part in making the decisions for the cooperative they own, Northwestern Electric Cooperative.
If members have any questions about the proposed bylaw changes or the Annual Meeting in general, please give us a call and we will be happy to help.