Following much discussion and consideration of the status of the COVID-19 pandemic and the meeting rules in place for Oregon, the Wasco Electric Cooperative Board of Directors canceled the 2020 Annual Meeting of the Membership. In place of the traditional annual meeting, the co-op will hold a special meeting to elect directors, as required in the bylaws. This meeting is Saturday, November 21, 2020, via teleconference.
This year’s director elections will take place by mail-in ballot only. Ballots will be sent to the membership at the end of October, along with candidate bios, audited financial statements, and messages from the board president and general manager. Call-in information will also be provided for those members wishing to attend the meeting.
Without a meeting of our normal ballot committee during the annual meeting, this year the validation and tabulation of the ballots will be conducted by our auditing firm, Connected Professional Accountants LLC. Results of the director elections will be announced during the special meeting teleconference. Results of the election will also be posted on the Wasco Electric website and social media page for those unable to listen in. There will be no other business matters or actions taken during the special meeting, other than those necessary for the election of the directors.
The board of directors are deeply saddened to cancel the public gathering portion of our annual meeting for the first time in our cooperative’s history. However, it is the right decision for the health and welfare of the co-op’s members and employees. The directors and employees look forward to reconvening at the traditional in-person annual meeting in 2021.
We encourage all members to keep our democratic processes strong by voting for your board of directors by mail.