2021 Drive-Through Annual Meeting

It's not a typical year, and this is no typical meeting!

 
Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative
Annual Meeting 
Tuesday, May 11, 2021
1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
The Silos on 77
1031 County Road 223
Giddings

 

To keep our members and employees safe, and still provide an Annual Meeting experience, we've got a 2021 twist. You won't need to leave your car! Participants will drive through to register and have the opportunity to receive co-op information, get refreshments and ask questions.

Vote by proxy


Now, it's more important than ever. Make sure your voice is heard! No in-person voting will take place at the Annual Meeting, so members can only vote by proxy in advance.

Proxy forms hit members' mailboxes in March. Fill out the form and mail it back using the self-addressed postage-prepaid envelope provided. If you do not receive your form in March or misplace it, call 800-842-7708, Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. or email memberservices@bluebonnet.coop to have another one mailed to you. 

There are currently no ballot items to be voted on this year. However, items can be added to the Annual Meeting agenda that would require a vote by members. Those items would have to be added no later than 10 days before the Annual Meeting. Your proxy could be used in that vote, which is why it is so important that you complete and submit your proxy form before the deadline. 

Completed proxy forms must be postmarked by May 4, 2021, or submitted at a member service center drive-through by 5:30 p.m. May 4, 2021. 

A chance to win



Members have two ways to enter drawings for door prizes and a truck. They can submit a completed proxy form (by mail postmarked by May 4, 2021, or in person at a member service center by 5:30 p.m. May 4, 2021) or register at the drive-through Annual Meeting. This 2008 Chevrolet 1500 extended cab with 2-wheel drive, which has about 140,000 miles, is being retired from Bluebonnet’s fleet. Drawings for the door prizes and truck will be Wednesday, May 12, 2021.* 
*Bluebonnet employees, members of the Board of Directors and spouses are ineligible to win.

 

Board election



Two incumbent directors in this year’s Board election were unopposed and will be elected by general consent in accordance with Bluebonnet’s bylaws: Bryan Bracewell, District 3, Bastrop County; and Shana Whiteley, District 2, Travis County.  

Bryan Bracewell
District 3, Bastrop County
Bracewell has served on the Bluebonnet Board of Directors since 2018 and is a member of Bluebonnet’s Audit & Finance Committee and the Member & Employee Services Committee. He is the third generation of Bracewells to own Southside Market & Barbeque. The original business was founded in Elgin in 1882. Today there are Southside restaurant locations in Elgin, Bastrop, Austin and Hutto, as well as sausage distribution to all major grocers in the Austin area, H-E-Bs in Central and North Texas, and Walmart stores in Texas. Bracewell grew up in Elgin, and started working at Southside at age 12 alongside his grandfather and father. He graduated from Elgin High School in 1994. After graduating from Texas A&M University in 1998 with a degree in food science and technology, Bracewell returned to work at the family business. He and his wife, Rachel, purchased the business from his family in 2010 and have worked to grow the business together since then. Bracewell is active in Central Texas community organizations. He is on the board of the Elgin Economic Development Corporation, the First National Bank of Bastrop’s Elgin Community Advisory Board, a Vistage peer advisory and business development board, and is a member of the Austin Area Research Organization. He and Rachel, who is part of the marketing team at Southside, have twin sons, Chase and Nathan. The twins started helping out at the family business at age 11. Bracewell and his family attend River Valley Christian Fellowship in Bastrop, are involved in their sons’ sports activities, and enjoy camping, hunting, fishing and hiking.

Shana Whiteley
District 2, Travis County
Whiteley has served on the Bluebonnet Board of Directors since 2017. She earned her Credentialed Cooperative Director certification in 2020. She is a member of Bluebonnet’s Member & Employee Services Committee and the cooperative’s Energy Services Committee. Whiteley is the founder and owner of two restaurants, the Good Luck Grill in Manor, which she opened in 2007, and the Lucky Duck Café in Taylor, which she opened in 2015. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in restaurant, hotel and institutional management from Texas Tech University and earning a master’s degree in business administration from Texas State University, she traveled to Ukraine as a business development volunteer for the U.S. Peace Corps. Whiteley returned to the United States in 1998 and worked as a sales executive for the Lubbock Convention and Visitors Bureau. After that, she was general manager of the Boat House Grill near Lake Travis. Whiteley is involved in numerous community organizations. She contributes to the Travis County Youth Show, Rodeo Austin and other area nonprofit groups. She is a member of the Taylor and Manor chambers of commerce and served as president of the Manor chamber in 2012. She grew up on a 100-acre farm between Pflugerville and Manor in Travis County and lives there today with her son, Wesley Bocanegra, and her father, James Whiteley. As a child, Whiteley was active in 4-H, and her son carries on the tradition as an active member. She continues to support the program and is the club manager of Wilbarger Creek 4-H. She also enjoys being a fan in the stands, cheering on her son at his high school basketball games.
 

Frequently Asked Questions


What is the Annual Meeting, and why is it important to attend? 

Bluebonnet’s Annual Meeting is one of the many benefits of being a member of an electric
cooperative. The meeting, held each year in May, offers members the opportunity to meet
the Board of Directors, the general manager and the co-op’s executive staff. Members at a
traditional Annual Meeting also elect directors and attend to any business that may come
before the membership. However, this year, due to COVID-19, the 2021 meeting will be different. It will be a drive-through event, and members will have the opportunity to receive co-op information, get refreshments and ask questions. There will be no voting during the drive-through event.

How many Board of Director seats are up for election?

Two of the nine seats on Bluebonnet’s Board of Directors were up for election this year. The seats are from District 2, Travis County, and District 3, Bastrop County. Because the two incumbent directors were unopposed, they will be elected by general consent in accordance with Bluebonnet’s bylaws.

Bluebonnet’s service area is divided into seven districts. If the election were contested, could I vote for candidates in all districts or just the district in which I live?

During contested Board elections, co-op members can vote for directors in all districts. The districts in the co-op’s service area were drawn along Bluebonnet’s service area boundary and county lines. The seven districts are represented by one to three directors based on, among other things, the number of meters in each district. There are no contested elections in 2021.

What are my voting options?

There are currently no ballot items to be voted on this year. However, items can be added to the Annual Meeting agenda that would require a vote by members. Those items would have to be added no later than 10 days before the Annual Meeting. Your proxy could be used in that vote, which is why it is so important that you complete and submit your proxy form before the deadline. 

What is proxy voting, and how does it work? 

Proxy voting allows members to designate another person to vote in his or her place. On the proxy, members can assign their vote to either Bluebonnet’s Proxy Committee or to an individual. Proxies are counted to ensure at least 1 percent of Bluebonnet’s members are present by proxy or in person in order to constitute a quorum. There will be no in-person voting at this year’s drive-through event. Only votes cast by proxy will be counted. 

Who serves on Bluebonnet’s Proxy Committee?

The Proxy Committee is composed of all Bluebonnet Board members whose terms are not currently up for election. This year’s Proxy Committee members are Ben Flencher, Byron Balke, Roderick Emanuel, Russell Jurk, Robert Mikeska, Debbi Goertz and Milton Shaw.

How do I vote by proxy?

Complete the proxy form sent to you in the mail in March, and return it by mail using the selfaddressed postage-prepaid envelope provided, or drop it off at any of Bluebonnet’s member service centers in Bastrop, Brenham, Giddings, Lockhart or Manor. If you misplace the proxy form, pick one up at a member service center drive-through or call 800-842-7708 and ask a representative to mail one to you. Proxies must either be hand-delivered to a member service center by 5:30 p.m. May 4, 2021, or mailed to:

Bluebonnet Elections Processing
c/o Election Services Co.
P.O. Box 9020
Ronkonkoma, NY 11779-9822


Mailed proxies must be postmarked by May 4, 2021.

Can this proxy be used again at future Annual Meetings?

No, the proxy is valid only for the meeting specified on the proxy form.

Who administers the election?

Election Services Co., which is a third-party, independent vendor that specializes in administering corporate elections nationwide. It has the skills, experience and equipment to efficiently and accurately tally proxies and votes while adhering to the Federal Trade Commission’s Red Flag requirements that protect members’ confidential account information.

What if I have more questions?

Please call 800-842-7708 between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, or email memberservices@bluebonnet.coop.