Annual Meeting Election By Mail
Your board and staff spent a significant amount of time discussing the postponed 82nd annual meeting from November 2020. With the restrictions that have been placed on group gatherings because of COVID-19, it was decided that the best course of action for the safety of our members and staff was to cancel the meeting and conduct the required director elections by mail-in ballot. Director positions are up for election in Districts 5, 6 and 7. The decision to officially cancel the 2020 annual meeting was not taken lightly. We hope things will be back to normal in time for our next annual meeting November 4, 2021, in Grangeville at the Elks Lodge. The mail-in ballot for the 2020 postponed director elections is included in this magazine, along with instructions concerning how to complete and return your ballot. The ballot is straightforward and includes a prepaid return envelope. On the ballot, you will notice a new name for District 7 director. Long-term board member Ernie Robinson decided late last year not to run for reelection. His service to ICLP through the years and invaluable leadership will be greatly missed. We all wish him the very best and thank him for his service. Director nomination information was sent out in the October edition of Ruralite. Following the bylaws, we received interest from a couple of members for the District 7 seat, which includes everyone from the White Bird grade south to Lucille. Nominations had to be received by November 7, 2020. We received one completed nomination form signed by several members in support of Dean Klement running for the District 7 seat. He is a lifelong native of the area. At the November monthly board meeting, Dean was appointed as an interim director by the board to fill the vacant seat for District 7 until the 2020 postponed election could be held. You will see his name on the ballot for the District 7 seat, in addition to incumbent directors Frank McIntire, District 5, and Jim Poxleitner, District 6. Even though we have one director running for each seat, we ask that you fill out your ballot according to the directions and send it back to us so it is received by ICLP no later than March 5, 2021. Ballots received after that date will not be counted. It’s important that we receive enough duly voted ballots for a quorum to make the election official. Please take the time to vote for these director positions, as this is a key part of being a member of a not-for-profit electric cooperative. Thank you for your time. I really appreciate you taking part in the elections of your cooperative, and I hope to see you at the 2021 ICLP annual meeting.
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