The annual meeting of the members of Steele-Waseca Cooperative Electric (SWCE) was held at SWCE in Owatonna, Minnesota, on Tuesday, June 8, 2021. In order to comply with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidance of social distancing due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the meeting took place by drive-thru.
More than 50 members participated (their attendance having been verified), the number needed to constitute a quorum within the meaning of the bylaws of the cooperative.
Ballots were distributed asking for a motion to adopt the agenda as printed in the annual report. A motion was made, seconded, and carried. (A list of motions and members who made and seconded those motions were attached.)
Renee Malecha, secretary-treasurer of the board, reviewed the Proof of Mailing of Notice of the Annual Meeting. The Proof of Mailing to all members of SWCE was attached to the minutes. A motion was made, seconded, and carried, to waive the reading of the minutes and accept them as printed in the annual report.
A motion was made, seconded, and carried to approve the president’s and general manager’s report, the financial report for the year ending Dec. 31, 2020, and the Great River Energy report printed in the annual report.
Attorney Tricia Lancaster presided over the election of the directors, which was done on site by ballot, and members were allowed to make nominations from the floor by arriving early. A copy of the minutes for the Nominating Committee meetings held on Dec. 2, 2020, and Jan. 12, 2021, was attached to the minutes.
There were no additional nominations for District 1; nominations were declared closed.
There were no additional nominations for District 3; nominations were declared closed.
There were no additional nominations for District 5; nominations were declared closed.
Attorney Lancaster reported the voting results. The director vote was as follows:
District 1: PJ Duchene, 398 votes.
District 3: Sylvia Archer, 160 votes;
Duane Edwardson, 244 votes.
District 5: Rodney Krell, 399 votes.
There being no further business to be conducted, there was a motion to adjourn the meeting. A motion was made, seconded, and carried that the meeting be adjourned.