Annual Meetings

Yearly events offer members opportunity to elect leaders,

hear state of the co-op reports


Entertaining and informative, Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative’s Annual Meetings held the second Tuesday of May provide a special forum for members to gather and share experiences, hear briefings from executives, elect board members and vote on co-op business. The meetings, which are required by Bluebonnet’s bylaws, are one of the most important events of the year. It’s a time when members, who are also owners of the cooperative, can interact with board members and co-op employees, ask questions, take care of business and socialize with other members.

 

2017 Annual Meeting details 

Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative’s Annual Meeting will be Tuesday, May 9, 2017, at Sons of Hermann Hall, 1031 CR 223 in Giddings. Registration will begin at 1:30 p.m. and end at 2:30 p.m. The meeting will start at 2:30 p.m.

Four of the 11 seats on Bluebonnet's Board of Directors were up for election this year. Because the candidates for the four board seats were unopposed, they were elected by general consent in accordance with Bluebonnet’s bylaws. Those incumbents are Byron Balke, representing District 6 for Austin, Colorado and Fayette counties; Roderick L. Emanuel, District 3 for Bastrop County; Russell Jurk, District 4 for Lee, Milam and Williamson counties; and Robert Mikeska, District 7 for Washington County.


 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the Annual Meeting, and why is it important to attend?
A: 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 hear a “State of the Co-op” message and elect, or re-elect, directors.
 
 
Q: Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative’s service area is divided into seven districts. Can I vote for candidates in all districts or just the district in which I live?
A: 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 upon, among other things, the number of meters in each district.

Q: How many Board of Director seats were up for election? 
A: Four of the 11 seats on Bluebonnet's Board of Directors were up for election this year. The seats represent District 3 for Bastrop County; District 4 for Lee, Milam and Williamson counties; District 6 for Austin, Colorado and Fayette counties; and District 7 for Washington County. Because the candidates for the four board seats were unopposed, they were elected by general consent in accordance with Bluebonnet’s bylaws.

Q: What are my voting options?
A: 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 your proxy selection is important.

Q: What is proxy voting? 
A: Proxy voting is a method that allows a member who cannot attend the Annual Meeting to designate another person to vote in his or her place.

Q: How does proxy voting work? 
A: On the proxy form, members can assign their vote to either Bluebonnet’s Proxy Committee or to a person of their choice.

Q: Who serves on Bluebonnet’s Proxy Committee?
A: 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, Debbi Goertz, James B. Kershaw, Kenneth Mutscher, Richard Schmidt, Milton Shaw and Suanna Tumlinson.
 
Q: How do I vote by proxy? 
A: Complete the proxy form that is mailed to you in March and return it by mail 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, stop by a member service center to pick one up or call 800-842-7708 and ask a representative to mail one to you. Proxies must be hand-delivered to a member service center by 5:30 p.m. May 2, 2017, 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 2, 2017.
 
Q: Can this proxy be used again at future Annual Meetings? 
A: No, the proxy is valid only for the meeting specified on the proxy form.
 
Q: Can I vote at the Annual Meeting if I sent in a proxy form? 
A: When you register at the meeting, you may revoke your proxy and then cast your ballot in person.
 
Q: What information do I need to bring with me to register at the Annual Meeting?
A: You will be asked to verbally recite two pieces of information that are on your account. This account verification process is identical to the one performed when members would like to transact business on their accounts. You can simply tell the member service representative at the registration desk any two of the following pieces of information about your account: the name(s) listed on the account, your birthday, last four digits of your Social Security number, your driver’s license number, your mailing address or your Bluebonnet account number.
 
Q: Who administers the election? 
A: 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. This is the eighth year Election Services has administered Bluebonnet's election.

Q: Can I change my address or do other business at the Annual Meeting? 
A: Bluebonnet’s member service representatives at the information booth will be able to 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 call center.

Q: I still have questions. Who can I contact? 
A: Call a member service representative at 800-842-7708 or email memberservices@bluebonnet.coop