2021 Annual Meeting

Despite COVID-19 safety restrictions, Bluebonnet is planning the 2021 Annual Meeting with a twist. This year’s Annual Meeting will be a drive-through event. Participants will get co-op information, the opportunity to ask questions on all kinds of topics and refreshments, and they’ll be entered for a chance to win one of dozens of door prizes and a truck being retired from our fleet. 

The Annual Meeting will be Tuesday, May 11, 2021, at The Silos on 77, 1031 County Road 223 in Giddings. Drive-through registration will open at 1:30 p.m. and close at 3:30 p.m. 

No in-person voting will take place at the Annual Meeting. Voting will be by proxy only. 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.

Look for details about the meeting with April bills, in Bluebonnet’s pages in the April and May issues of Texas Co-op Power magazine, on our social media and on our website, bluebonnet.coop.

Win a truck!



Any Bluebonnet member who submits a completed proxy form (by mail or in person at a member service center by 5:30 p.m. May 4, 2021) or who registers at the Annual Meeting will be entered in a drawing to win a 2008 Chevrolet 1500 extended cab with 2-wheel drive. The truck, which has about 140,000 miles, is being retired from Bluebonnet’s fleet. A member who has submitted a completed proxy does not have to be present at the Annual Meeting to be entered in the truck drawing.*   
*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.  


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, normally 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 Cooperative message, elect directors and attend to any business that may come before the membership. However, for 2021, due to COVID-19, the meeting will look a little different. It will be held as a drive-through event, with the opportunity to receive information, ask questions and get refreshments and a gift.

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 timely submit your proxy form. 

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  in addition to members present in person to ensure at least 1 percent of Bluebonnet’s members are present to constitute a quorum for the transaction of business. 

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 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, 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.