OTEC to Hold 2022 Annual Meeting of the Membership In-Person on May 21
After two years of virtual Annual Meetings, Oregon Trail Electric Cooperative (OTEC) is excited to announce it will hold an in-person Annual Meeting of the Membership on Saturday, May 21 at Baker High School, 2500 East St., Baker City.
Three positions on the OTEC Board of Directors are up for election. Election results for Position 7 (Union County), Position 8 (Union County) and Position 9 (Baker County) will be announced during the Annual Meeting. Board President Wayne Overton and Chief Executive Officer Les Penning will report on the state of your cooperative.
Candidates on the ballot are:
Position 7 – Union County
Candidates: Steve Lyon
Position 8 – Union County
Candidates: David Baum– Incumbent
Position 9 – Baker County
Candidates: Charlene Chase – Incumbent
Beginning April 20, all OTEC member-owners should look for the formal notice of the meeting, election packets, and ballots in their mailboxes. Members will be automatically entered into a raffle for three $100 energy credits if they return their ballots by mail and are received before May 19. Every OTEC member-owner in all four districts is eligible and encouraged to vote.
All OTEC member-owners are invited to the in-person meeting, and there is no fee to attend. Doors will open at Baker High School at 8:30 a.m., with access to community booths and other activities. The business meeting begins at 10:30 a.m., followed by a complimentary lunch. There will be music, raffle drawings, activities and booths for all adults and children to enjoy.
Buses will be available for members from Burns, John Day and La Grande who want to attend the meeting in Baker City. Those interested in a free ride can now register at the following locations: the Senior Citizen’s Community Center in John Day; the Harney County Senior Center in Burns; and the Union County Senior Center in La Grande. Seats are limited and will be awarded on a first come first served basis.
For those member-owners not able to attend, a livestream of the business meeting and the announcement of election results will be available at www.otec.coop and on OTEC’s Facebook page, with a recording of the meeting posted online afterward.
If you have questions, please call OTEC Communications at 541-524-2858
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.