The Annual Meeting is a signature of the cooperative business model. Held by Middle Tennessee Electric since 1936, it is a meeting for the members. It has historically been a time of fellowship, fun and business.
For the past many years, MTEMC has held its Annual Meeting on the third or fourth Saturday in August. The Annual Meeting is on August 10, 2019, at the Murfreesboro Embassy Suites and Conference Center.
Among the key events at Annual Meeting are voting by members to fill vacating seats of the cooperative’s Board of Directors and a business session, where fiscal year statistical and financial information is highlighted.
As a member of Middle Tennessee Electric, you can expect to see plenty of information about the meeting leading up to the event.
If you have questions about the Annual Meeting, call our Communications and Member Service Department at 877-777-9020
Gloria O’Steen is the co-owner of Agape Angus Farm and retired after a 30 year career at American Professional Search. A 41-year member of MTEMC, she lives in College Grove with her husband Ray. O’Steen has served on the MTEMC Board of Directors since 2001 and has earned the NRECA Director Gold Credential Program, the Credentialed Cooperative Director and Board Leadership certifications. She is a 4-H volunteer, and is a member of the Battle of Franklin Trust, Harpeth Lick Cumberland Presbyterian Church and former President of the Arno Family and Community Education Club.
Cliff Phillippie has been a resident of Williamson County and a member of MTEMC for 28 years. He is a Certified Public Accountant that worked over 30 years as a controller and then as a process improvement specialist with a large international company. Currently, Cliff is the owner and operator of Areté Food Products. AFP is a Pick Tennessee producer and distributor of farm products for Middle Tennessee restaurants and other customers. Cliff and his wife Bonita have two children, Ryan and Heather.
Mike Woods, a property manager, is a 53-year member of MTEMC. He lives in Smyrna with his wife Jackie. He has been a member of the MTEMC board for 18 years and serves as Chairman. He holds both his Credentialed Cooperative Director and Board Leadership certifications through NRECA, is a member and past president of the Smyrna Rotary Club, chairman of Smyrna/Rutherford County Airport Board of Directors and is a member of the Smyrna Church of Christ.
Charlie Bowman, a self-employed farmer, is a 36-year MTEMC member and has served on the Board of Directors for 21 years. He lives in the Woodland community with his wife Cynthia, they have two children; Christopher and Sara. Charlie holds both the Credentialed Cooperative Director and Board Leadership certifications through NRECA, is a member of the Cannon County Cattleman’s Association, serves on the Rutherford Farmers nominating committee and Cannon County Agriculture Committee, works with Nashville’s winter housing program; Room In The Inn, and is a member of the Church of Christ.
What is the Annual Meeting and why is it important to attend?
The cooperative's Annual Meeting is one of the many benefits of being a member of an electric cooperative. The meeting, held each year in August, offers members the opportunity to meet the Board of Directors, the CEO, and the co-op's executive staff. Members hear reports on the cooperative's finances and programs, they elect directors and nominating committee members, and hopefully, have some fun along the way.
How many Board of Director seats are up for election?
Three of the 10 seats on MTEMC's Board of Directors are up for election this year, representing the following districts:
- District 1, Williamson County (with parts of Cheatham, Davidson, Hickman, Marshall and Maury Counties)
- District 2, Rutherford County (with parts of Bedford County)
- District 4, Wilson County (with parts of DeKalb and Trousdale)
How can a member run for the Board of Directors?
Board candidates are either nominated by MTEMC's Nominating Committee or they may qualify by a petition, signed by 15 cooperative members. Qualified candidates must be members of the cooperative and must reside in the appropriate representative sub-district of the main district. Members may pick up a nomination petition by going by their local office. For questions, please call MTEMC's Executive Office at 615-494-1597.
When is this year's deadline to qualify to run for election?
Additional nominations for open positions by interested members who qualify can be submitted in writing not less than 60 days prior to the Annual Meeting. This year's deadline to turn in a petition is June 11, 2019.
Can I vote for candidates in all districts or only the district in which I live?
Co-op members can vote for candidates in all districts. The co-op's service area is divided into four districts that are drawn along MTEMC's service area boundary and county lines. Each district is represented by one to three directors (based upon, among other things, the number of meters in each district). Directors serve staggered terms.
I can't attend this year's Annual Meeting. Can I still vote in the election?
If there is a contested election, voting will be available in all of MTEMC’s offices during normal business hours (7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) the Monday through Friday leading up to the Annual Meeting. Voting is also available the morning of the Annual Meeting during the hours of registration (7:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.). If there is not a contested election, voting will be done by a voice vote of affirmation during the business session of the annual meeting. If you can make neither the Annual Meeting nor early voting, you can vote by proxy.
What is proxy voting?
Proxy voting is a method that allows a member who cannot vote in person designate another member to vote in his or her place.
How do I vote by proxy?
You can receive a proxy vote by contacting MTEMC by phone or going to any office. You would complete the proxy form and then it must be verified by MTEMC (at any local office) by noon the Friday before the Annual Meeting.
How does proxy voting work?
Through the proxy, members assign their vote to another cooperative member of their choice. However, no member can vote any more than one proxy vote. So, if Ms. Jones provides Mr. Gonzales her proxy, Mr. Gonzales can vote Ms. Smith's proxy, his own vote, but he would not be able to vote another proxy.
Can this proxy be used again at future Annual Meetings?
No, the proxy is valid only for the meeting specified on the proxy form.
Can I vote at the Annual Meeting if I sent in a proxy form?
If your proxy has already been voted, our registration system will not permit you to be registered to vote.
What information do I need to bring with me to register at the Annual Meeting?
Ideally, you would bring your registration card mailed to you on the cover of the August edition of The Tennessee Magazine. But you must, at least, have a valid form of identification.
Who administers the Board election?
The Rutherford County Election Commission serves our cooperative as an independent agent, allowing MTEMC board and staff to take a hands-off approach for our election voting processes. MTEMC also employees an independent auditor to tally all voting and declare the results.
What if I have questions about the election at the Annual Meeting?
The cooperative's member service representatives will be staffing the registration desk at the Annual Meeting and can answer any questions.
Can I change my address or do other business at the Annual Meeting?
After you register, MTEMC's member service representatives can help members with most of their co-op business and answer any questions they would normally handle at any of the member service centers or through the Contact Center.
I still have questions. Who can I contact?
Call our Communications and Member Service Department at 877-777-9020.
Each year a new Nominating Committee is elected at the Annual Meeting. Any member can be on the ballot for their district, provided they are not a Director or have not been employed by MTEMC within the last 5 years. The role of the committee is to present candidates to the members to fill Director vacancies for election. Members can pick up a ballot at their local office. They are also able to submit signature petitions to nominate candidates for Directors from their district as well. You can read about how to do so in the bylaws.
You must be elected by the members to be on the Nominating Committee since there can only be as many committee members as there are Directors for your district. This is done at the Annual Meeting and in contested election years, through early voting at our offices during business hours. In order to be on the ballot, you need to submit a signed petition by 5 members in your district 60 days before the Annual Meeting. This year the deadline is June 11, 2019.
Thomas E. (Teb) Batey II