Notice of 2021 OTEC Annual Meeting and Board of Director Elections
The 2021 Annual Meeting of the Members will be held virtually on Saturday, May 15, 2021. You can can watch the livestream the meeting here on this page or on OTEC's Facebook page. You can also call in toll-free to hear the meeting at 1-877-309-2073 (access code is 798-185-293).
Ballot packets will be mailed to all members beginning April 15, 2021.
During the meeting Board President Charlene Chase and Chief Executive Officer Les Penning will provide reports on the state of your electric cooperative. Election results for the board of directors’ seats Position 4 (Union County), Position 5 (Baker County) and Position 6 (Grant County) will be announced.
Watch for the Official Notice of Meeting, election packet and ballots in your mail after April 15. Members may cast their votes in the envelope provided.
Please sign and mail the colored return envelope via the US Postal Service no later than May 7. Ballots mailed after May 7 may not be received by the deadline as mailing time can be as long as seven days. No stamp is necessary. Ballots received via the US Postal Service will be entered into a drawing for one of three $100 energy credits.
Candidates on the ballot are:
Position 4 - Union County
Candidates: G. Austin Bingaman
Position 5 - Baker County
Candidates: Wayne Overton
Position 6 - Grant County
Candidates: Gary Miller
Article III: Nomination and Election of Directors
Section 3 – Each nomination committee shall submit its nominations to the Secretary of the Cooperative not less than 90 days before the annual meeting in which the director from that district is to be elected. The function and authority of each committee shall terminate upon completion of the annual meeting.
Section 4 – Not less than 90 days before the annual meeting in which the directors shall be elected, the Secretary of the Cooperative shall cause to be posted at the Cooperative’s principal place of business a list of names of candidates selected by the nominating committee. Additional nominations may be made by petition filed with the Secretary not less than 60 days before the annual meeting. A petition shall contain the name of the candidate and the signatures of at least 50 members qualified to vote, and a request that the name of the candidate be placed on the ballot. All candidates so nominated must meet the director qualifications contained in the Section 5 of this article. Members may not nominate a candidate for director from the floor at the annual meeting.
Oregon Trail Electric Cooperative held its first-ever virtual Annual Meeting on Saturday, May 30, 2020 at OTEC’s Baker City Headquarters.
Board President Charlene Chase opened the meeting, then turned it over to OTEC’s attorney Ron Williams, who announced the election results for three Board of Directors positions.
Position 1 – Union County
George Galloway – 2,388 votes
Cory Miller – 1,956 votes
Position 2 – Baker County
Aletha Bonebrake – 2,965 votes
Tamyra Keller – 1,486 votes
Position 3 – Harney County
Robert Cargill – 2,443 votes
Laurie Draper – 2,048 votes
OTEC would like to congratulate the board members who were elected and would also like to thank all the candidates for their hard work and interest in their communities and the cooperative.
The cooperative would also like to acknowledge the work and diligence of the election and nominating committee members and thank them for their hard work on behalf of the membership.
OTEC plans to hold its 2021 Annual Meeting in Baker City. The date has yet to be determined. We hope to see you all next year!