2021 Annual Meeting
Mountrail-Williams Electric Cooperative is always proud to conduct our annual meeting for our members. The annual meeting is an excellent time to come together for fellowship with other cooperative members and friends. We missed being able to visit with each of you in 2020 as we were unable to bring a large group together. With the possibility of a continued health risk associated with such a large gathering, MWEC will continue to monitor the current recommended guidelines.
We are moving forward on the 2021 annual meeting plans, while requiring us to rethink the annual meeting traditions. The safety of our members, employees and community are always the highest priority at MWEC.
There are four facts that needs to be pointed out for the 2021 annual meeting and they are the who, what, where, and when facts:
WHO: All MWEC Members. You are invited to come,
WHAT: 2021 MWEC Cooperative Annual Membership Meeting.
WHERE: Agri-Sports Building located at the
WHEN: June 3rd, 2021 at 2:00 pm
We changed our meeting time to two o’clock in the afternoon, so members should not arrive expecting a large feast, but will be treated to coffee, water or a pop with a snack. There will be NO prizes, NO gifts, NO speaker and NO attendance credit given for this year’s meeting as well.
This year MWEC has contracted to work with Survey and Ballot Systems (SBS) to conduct our election. Members will have the option to vote through mail-in, online, or in person. SBS is experienced in working with co-ops around the country on confidential board elections and they work well with our SmartHub online account system to allow for the easy online voting.
During this year’s meeting we will bid a fond farewell to Cheryl Hartsoch, who has served on the MWEC board of directors for 24 years. We wish Cheryl well and thank her for her service to MWEC, our staff, our members and being a dedicated co-op member.
In anticipation of streamlining the in-person meeting on June 3rd, we will have the financial report presented, short management report and no guest speaker this year. A video will be available on our website following the annual meeting. Lets all hope 2022 puts everything back to the norm we are used to!
Dale Haugen Roger Sorenson
2020 Annual Meeting
Mountrail-Williams Electric Cooperative held its Annual Member Meeting on Wednesday, September 30, 2020, at the Cooperative’s facilities in Williston. Due to COVID-19 virus concerns, this year’s Annual Meeting was held in a very limited format. Chairman Roger Sorenson called the meeting to order at approximately 2:00 pm with a very small number of members in attendance. Because the number of members present was not sufficient for an in-person quorum, the meeting was recessed to tally mail-in and in-person ballots received. Over 500 mail-in ballots were returned to the Cooperative, constituting a quorum of the membership for those issues asked to vote upon only. The ballot count was conducted by an election committee of the membership under the supervision of the Cooperative’s outside legal counsel. Chairperson Sorenson returned from the recess and Attorney Brittany Foust of Neff Eiken & Neff announced the results. Elected to serve three-year director terms were Dick Ludwig (West District), Garret Lalim (Central District) and Charlene Aubol (East District). The membership also approved the 2019 Annual Meeting Minutes and proposed bylaw changes permitting the Cooperative to hold virtual annual meetings electronically and to count the virtual members toward quorum in the future. The meeting was adjourned by a majority of those present in person. The Cooperative thanks its members for their patience and understanding of the format change and hopes to see everyone at the 2021 MWEC Annual Member Meeting. Questions regarding the 2020 Annual Membership Meeting, or the Cooperative in general, can be directed to any of the MWEC offices.