September 1, 2022 | 10 a.m.
83rd annual Meeting of members | Virtual FORMAT
All those that watch live can enter to win $100 in free electricity
Jenny Whorton: 1670
Stoney Hays: 205
Lyle Rowland: 1259
Robert “Bob” Keller: 627
Jim Kyle- 1719
BYLAW AMENDMENT 1- COOPERATIVE FACILITIES FOR BROADBAND DEPLOYMENT
If you won a prize at the 2022 Annual Meeting, you will receive correspondence in the mail. If your prize cannot be mailed to your address, you will be contacted to arrange pick up. The 2022 Prize Winners are as followed:
2 Tickets to Esther in the 2023 Season VELMA STRONG (1) student made sampler College of the Ozarks & $50 Downing Street Pour House Gift Card TIMOTHY J DOBISH 6 ride passes to the Track Family Fun Parks & $25 Andys gift card & $25 Fuel gift card JAMES STEARMAN $50 to Pier 28 & $25 funky twig JACQUELINE P BLACK 8 pk fruit spread College of the Ozarks & $50 Getting Basted Gift Card PATRICK R THURMAN all-day tritoon rental with tube TERRY L WILSON 6 ride passes to the Track Family Fun Parks & $25 Andys gift card & $25 Fuel gift card JAMES K BRIXEY Four admission Passes to Fritz’s Adventure ELIZABETH SHRYER 2-night stay at Chateau on the Lake KARL O MOSBY $100 to Fat Daddy’s RHONDA PARKS Follow Thru Farms meat package & Gift Certificate to Pontiac Cove Marina WAYNE E HLAVACEK 2 Admission passes to Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refugee & $50 MFA Card MICHAEL A DAVIS bolt assortment HEATH HUMPHRIES 2-Silver Dollar City Park Passes DWAYNE ADAMS $100 Tanger gift card RICK JACOB 8 pk fruit spread College of the Ozarks & $50 Pizza World Gift Card MAURICE W PILANT $100 Tanger gift card JOHN REINA 1 $50 gift cert to Cookies Marina, 1 $50 visa card MIKE MITCHELL $100 Harter House gift card LEONA H DAVID 2 $50 gift cert to Cookies Marina, 1 $50 visa card JAMES A NELSON $100 Dollar General Gift Card DWIGHT L KENYON $100 visa gift card ANGELA M DIEL $100 gift certificate to Oldfield Packing RON D WILLIAMS $100 Flat Creek/Billy Gail’s gift certificate LINDA L SILLS $50 to Pier 28 & $25 funky twig MICHAEL SIWEK $200 Bass Pro gift card HOCO INVESTMENTS LLC $50 gift card to Copper Run & $50 gift card to bear creek BARRY F MAYCOCK $100 Harter House gift card LORA WILLIAMS 2 tickets to Presleys & a $50 Bass Pro gift card NATHANAEL MILLER Grand Country all show pass (2) & $50 Bass Pro card JACK FITZPATRICK $100 visa gift card RON TODD Rock Bridge Trout Farm: 2 nights stay in deluxe room and 2 catch and keep fishing permits TONY DOERR $100 Dollar General Gift Card ANDREW ZEITZ $100 Bass Pro gift card RANDY MUILENBURG two tickets to Presleys & $50 Orschlen’s card JOANNA MCDONALD Two Night Stay @ Falls Lodge, Breakfast for 2 @ Devil’s Pool Restaurant 4-hour Boat Rental @ Bent Hook Marina (2 Night Getaway) GREG ROBINSON $100 MFA card KC3 LLC DBA HABBY’S COFFEE SHACK $100 in Free Electricity DANIELLE BRAY $250 in Free Electricity RICHARD A COMBS $500 in Free Electricity JOSEPH GRIFFIN $100 in Free Electricity for Watching the Annual Meeting Live Rachel Owen
The actual business meeting will occur on Thursday, September 1, 2022, and be live-streamed from our website at 10 a.m. Members are encouraged to tune-in virtually. We will again provide a call-in option for those who do not use or have access to the Internet. Wi-Fi hot spots are available in each WRVEC office parking lot – but only WRVEC staff participating in the meeting, the Board, and nominees will be in physical attendance.
Even though we won’t see you in person, your engagement is vital to the success of this Cooperative. Voting options are available to accommodate everyone. Members will be able to cast votes online or request a ballot to be mailed directly to your home or business in a preaddressed, postage-paid return envelope. We will even offer an in-person voting option.
The voting window will open for two weeks, starting August 15 and running through August 26th. You can cast your ballot for board candidates and the proposed bylaw amendment during this time. If you wish to cast your vote in person, i-Pad voting will be available at all five of our offices on August 26th. The Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives, a third-party, will securely handle the election. They will tally all votes and deliver the results during our virtual meeting.
The 2021 annual report will be sent directly to each member as an attachment to your August issue of Rural Missouri. We encourage you to send us questions through the Member Alliance Program if there are items of interest that our staff did not cover. Those questions, and any received live that day, will be addressed during the meeting.
The answers to your inquiries, the annual report, annual video update, and election results will all be made available on our website after the meeting. In addition, any member who votes in the election will be registered for prizes that are drawn and announced during the virtual meeting. Prizes range up to 500 dollars in free electricity!
Members provided great feedback on our virtual meeting last year and your participation spoke volumes. We had the highest number of participating voters than any annual meeting held before! This is so important because it allows every member, regardless of your situation, a continued opportunity to play an active role in the Cooperative. Your engagement makes the convenient and cost-effective virtual format an excellent choice. We will continue delivering need-to-know information about your Cooperative while passing on the significant savings that the virtual meeting provides.
Meeting, voting, and election specifics will hit mailboxes in the August issue of Rural Missouri and be published on our social media channels.
The virtual meeting will be open to join up to 30 minutes early, and we will have a waiting room with closed captioning.
Join us virtually by visiting WhiteRiverMeeting.com
If you do not have internet access, you can dial toll-free to listen live: (833) 491-0328
Cooperative updates and the live election results will be delivered during the meeting. If you miss it that day, a video recording will be on our website the following week.
Voting members will receive a $10 bill credit and will also be entered in a drawing for prizes that will be announced during the meeting.
Tune in LIVE for a chance to win an additional $100 bill credit.
All 2021 documentation is sent out in the 2021 August/Annual Meeting edition of the Rural Missouri magazine. It is also accessible here:
VIEW CEO AND PRESIDENTS REPORT
VIEW TREASURER’S REPORT AND FINANCIALS
VIEW 2021 ANNUAL MEETING MINUTES
WRVEC’s third year annual report was is attached to the 2021 August edition of the Rural Missouri. The report highlights the Cooperative’s initiatives, projects, programs and other successes throughout the past year. View it here:
The voting window is open for 2 weeks: Aug. 15th-26th.
Voting will close at 5:00 p.m. August 26th.
The 2022 Ballot will have:
- 1 Bylaw Amendment (vote)
- 3 Director Seats (vote)
- 2021 Reports & Financials (view)
Members will get 1 ballot per Membership Account Number. Each unique account number is assigned a Special PIN. Smarthub and Paperless users can find the same information on the electronic invoice.
For the security of our election, members must have the following to vote:
(Found on one of the last two billing statements- July/August)
- Unique Membership Acct Number
- Special PIN (location shown on image below)
- Name on Account
Verifying this information ensures the security of our elections.
HOW TO VOTE
Member can vote online at:
- Request online at whiteriver.amecvote.com
- Request by phone at: (877) 987-4276
Members who need additional assistance can vote in person on August 26th at the local offices during business hours.
The following image is an example of where to find your PIN on your bill statement.
White River Valley Electric Cooperative does everything with our members in mind. You are not just customers, but members who own and control the organization. Voting is your right and responsibility as a member, and participation is key to our success.
The Bylaws, Governance, and Engagement Committee continues to help evaluate what we do at the Cooperative to provide best-in-class service for our members. This includes updating necessary bylaws and continuing to review our processes annually. We have been able to implement a great deal of efficiencies while providing additional value to members with the amendments that were passed in the last few elections.
This year, members will cast their ballots for one bylaw amendment, in addition to three board seats. Please consider the following information before casting your ballots.
A “YES” vote on this amendment encourages a more efficient and cost-effective process if the Cooperative is able to provide broadband internet in the future. The Cooperative is currently in the process of applying for multiple grants to make the project more financially feasible.
All candidates were interviewed and vetted by the Cooperative’s Nominating Committee. Each candidate was also asked to provide a biography for the membership and include why they should be elected. They are printed as received.
VIEW BOARD OF DIRECTOR NOMINEE’S BIOS
The Nominating Committee of White River Valley Electric Cooperative met at WRVEC headquarters at 12:00 P.M. on June 14, 2022. After due consideration, the Committee made the following 2022 Board of Director nominations, in order of preference, for Cooperative member consideration, subject to each candidate’s continuing qualification to serve as Board of Director Members in accord with the Cooperative’s bylaws:
Members were encouraged to send in questions to be addressed during the meeting through our Member Alliance Program — the Cooperative’s direct pipeline to the Bylaws, Governance, and Engagement Committee. The committee was formed to evaluate best practices to continually improve the organization and help the Cooperative to better reach the membership. The answers to your questions, the annual report, the meeting video, and election results will all be made available on our website.
White River Valley Electric Cooperative’s 2021 Annual Meeting occurred on September 11, 2021. If you were unable to view the livestream, you may view the recorded meeting below