2020 ANNUAL MEETING
Tri-County EMC's 2020 Virtual Annual Meeting is scheduled for Thursday, October 15 at 2:00 PM. The meeting will also be streamed here and on Facebook Live so all members can safely participate during COVID-19.
Director seats from Post 1 of Districts 1, 2 and 3, Post 2 of District 1 and a proposed bylaw amendment are included on the ballot this year. Members are encouraged to cast their vote for a chance to win up to $500. Instructions on how to vote, via online or by paper ballot, are included below.
All members that cast a vote in the election will be entered to win a $500 cash prize. Tri-County EMC is owned by its members, so member participation in the annual election is a crucial part of a successful cooperative.
HOW TO VOTE
If you enrolled in online voting before August 25, an email with instructions on how to cast your vote was/will be emailed to you on September 14. If you did not receive that email, please check your Junk Mail folder and search for it using the email information in bold below. If it is not in your inbox or cannot find your login information, click here to have it resent to you. Online voting will close at 5:00 PM on October 13.
From: Tri-County EMC Election Coordinator, mailto:email@example.com
Subject of the Email: Tri-County EMC 2020 election login information below
To enroll in online voting for future elections, click here. If you did not enroll in online voting this year, you will still have the option to vote online. Instructions will be printed on the paper ballot you receive via mail.
If you did not enroll in online voting, a paper ballot was/will be mailed to you on September 14. If you misplaced your ballot, or did not receive a ballot, please contact Kim Broun at firstname.lastname@example.org or 478.986.8126 to have another ballot mailed to you. All paper ballots must be received by the cooperative by October 15. Ballots can also be turned in at Tri-County EMC office drive-thru windows.
Due to the 2020 Annual Meeting being held virtually due to COVID, Proxy voting is not applicable.
LETTER OF AUTHORIZATION:
Any Tri-County EMC member whose account is listed as a business, church, club or other organization should use this form to designate a voting representative for the election. The form must be completed and notarized and returned with your ballot.
DID NOT RECEIVE A BALLOT:
If you did not receive a ballot via mail or email, contact Kim Broun at email@example.com or 478.986.8126.
ON THE BALLOT
Board of Directors
District 1, Post 1 (Jones & Bibb Counties)
Dan Greene (Incumbent)
Dan Greene is co-cowner of D.C. Greene’s Construction and the manager of Cheehaw Creek Quail Plantation. He has also worked in the dairy business throughout his life, and was the co-owner of Greene Brother’s Dairy, which he purchased from his father, from 1977-2006. He is currently managing Greene Settlement Farms — a beef, cattle and hay business. Dan is a graduate of Jones County High School and graduated from the University of Georgia. He and his wife, Beth, attend Bradley Baptist Church.
District 2, Post 1 (Jasper, Morgan & Putnam Counties)
Brenda P. Green (Incumbent)
Brenda P. Green owned and managed her electrical construction contracting firm for 23 years. Prior to that, she began her career in the EMC world working for Pataula EMC and Oglethorpe Power Corporation. She is a Credentialed Cooperative Director – a certification from the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA). She currently serves as Chairman of Tri-County EMC, sits on the Georgia EMC Board, and has served on the boards of Central Georgia Technical College and Central Georgia Christian Food Bank.
District 3, Post 1 (Baldwin, Wilkinson and Twiggs Counties)
Sammy Hall (Incumbent)
Sammy Hall is a retired educator of 31 years with the Baldwin County School System. He is a member of the Baldwin County Association of Educators, Baldwin County Board of Commissioners and the Milledgeville Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Hall graduated from Georgia Military College, Georgia College, and earned Specialist and Master’s degrees from the University of Georgia. He is a Credentialed Cooperative Director certified by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA). He and his wife, Linda, attend First Baptist Church in Milledgeville.
District 1, Post 2 (Jones & Bibb Counties)
Earlier this year, Chap Nelson was appointed by the Tri-County EMC Board of Directors to fill the unexpired term of retiring board member Chester Mercer. He agreed to serve in that position until the cooperative election, at which time he would need to be re-elected by the membership at large if he wanted to continue to serve. Chap chose to continue his service and submitted his name to the Nominating Committee to be included on the ballot. He is running unopposed.
Chap Nelson, (Incumbent)
Chap Nelson is a lifelong resident of Jones County. He has been a skilled nursing center administrator and registered nurse for the past 25 years and currently works at Autumn Lane Health and Rehabilitation. He is an active member of his community and coordinates the Chaptactular Chainsaw Carving fundraiser benefitting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation each year. He also serves as a 4-H volunteer, is a member of the JCHS College & Career Academy Board and has previously served on the Jones County Development Authority and on the Jones County Board of Commissioners. He is an outdoor sportsman, loves dogs and chainsaw carving. He has two children, Sylvan and Brick Lee.
AS PROPOSED BY THE TRI-COUNTY EMC BOARD OF DIRECTORS
In addition to the election of director candidates, this year’s ballot includes an amendment to the cooperative’s bylaws. The Tri-County EMC Board of Directors has proposed a change to the Tri-County bylaws on this year’s ballot allowing the Tri-County EMC Nominating Committee to be appointed by the Tri-County EMC Board of Directors. In past years, when director elections and all other business were conducted entirely at the annual meeting, the Nominating Committee has been nominated and elected from the floor. Most of you now participate in the annual meeting process remotely, either by casting a vote by mail or online. In a time of uncertainty for planning and holding cooperative meetings due to COVID-19, transferring the role of selecting the Nominating Committee to a Board of Directors’ appointment streamlines the process and ensures that our business meeting can take place, either virtually or in person. The qualifications for and duties of the Nominating Committee members under the Tri-County EMC bylaws, and for members to run for board seats, remain unchanged. Your Tri-County Board of Directors asks for your support and vote for this bylaw change on your annual meeting ballot.
The bylaw change question is as follows:
Ballot Question: 1. Shall the Bylaws of Tri-County Electric Membership Corporation be amended to delete from the Bylaws the election of the Nominating Committee at the Annual Meeting of Members?
Article 3, Section 3.08, Item 8 would be deleted and Article 4, Section 4.06, shall have the language in the first grammatical sentence deleted and replaced with language authorizing the Tri-County Board of Directors to appoint a Nominating Committee not less than one hundred twenty (120) days before the Annual Meeting, as shown below and to delete other language not consistent with the Board appointment of the Nominating Committee, as follows:
SECTION 4.06 Nominations:
At each annual meeting of the members,a committee on nominationsshall be elected to serve for the year following their election. At least one hundred twenty (120) days prior to the annual meeting of Members, the Board of Directors shall appoint a Nominating Committee. No member of the committee on nominations shall serve beyond the following annual meeting unless that person is re-elected. The committee on nominations shall consist of nine (9) persons who are Members of the Cooperative, three persons from each of the three Directorate Districts. No person shall serve who is an incumbent director or a close relative thereof or a known candidate for election, as defined by Section 4.13. The Board of Directors shall convene the committee on nominations not less than one hundred and twenty (120) days before a meeting of the Members at which directors are to be elected. If any person elected to the committee at the annual meeting is unable to serve for any reason, the Board of Directors shall appoint a Member to fill the vacancy on the committee from the same Directorate District. No person shall serve more than three (3) consecutive terms on the committee on nominations.
The Cooperative shall post, at least thirty (30) days before the annual meeting of Members, a list of nominations for directors, by district, to be elected at the annual meeting. The Committee may include more nominees than there are to be elected, but it shall show clearly which nominees are opposed with respect to the same Directorate District and the same regular three-year or remaining-year term to be filled.
A Using a Tri-County petition form, any fifty (50) or more members of the Cooperative, acting together over their signatures, not less than ninety (90) days prior to the meeting, may make additional nominations, in like manner listing separately the nominees with respect to the Directorate Districts for which they are nominated, and the Secretary shall cause to be posted for such nominations at the same place where the list of nominations made by the Nominating Ccommittee is posted. The Secretary shall cause to be mailed to the members with the notice of the meeting, or separately, but at least five (5) days prior to the meeting. The Cooperative shall post, at least thirty (30) sixty (60) days before the meeting, a list of nominations for directors, by district, to be elected at the annual meeting.
There shall be no nominations for director from the floor for the current year’s election.