Annual Meeting Rescheduled for August 6th
Lake Region Electric Association’s 79th Annual Meeting was postponed due to the Covid 19 Pandemic. The meeting was originally scheduled to be held in Langford on June 4th. The management and board of directors decided, in the interest of health and safety for our members and employees, that it would be best to postpone the meeting until a later date. Since that decision, a lot of thought and work has gone into the planning of the meeting. While some cooperatives decided to cancel their meetings all together, Lake Region chose to postpone the meeting to give us more time to make arrangements that would help us all get together, while respecting social distancing boundaries. Our meeting will definitely be different this year, but it will still go on!
Time & Place
The meeting will take place at the Historic Fort Sisseton State Park. The business meeting will begin at 4:00 PM, gates will be open at 3:00 PM so that staff can assist members with parking. The good people at Fort Sisseton State Park have agreed to let us use the SOUTH parking area for the meeting. A park sticker will not be required for admittance to the meeting. Members will be allowed to tour the buildings and exhibits if they like. Restrooms will be open on the South Barracks.
The meeting will have a different set up than in years past. This meeting will be like the old-style movie drive-in. You can attend from the comfort of your own vehicle with your AC going or your windows open, whichever you prefer. Attendees will remain in their cars and will listen to the meeting by tuning in on their FM radio. Members will be notified of the FM radio frequency prior to the meeting. Any necessary voting will take place by honking your car horn. Chairs will not be available, as we are trying to help everyone keep their distance.
We will not be serving a hot meal at this event. Snacks and cold beverages will be distributed. Members attending the event will receive a meal voucher to a participating, local restaurant. Due to the uncertainty of the pandemic, and the alternative venue, it was decided that serving a hot meal may not be in everyone’s best interest. The alternative gives our members the opportunity to chose one of several participating local restaurants to redeem their meal voucher. Local restaurants who have been impacted by Covid 19 were eager to participate in this event and look forward to seeing our members.
Members received a Notice of Meeting in the mail, this is your registration for the event, and you must bring that with you to the meeting. Registration forms will be scanned so that your attendance can be counted, and you can be entered into drawings.
WE will be accepting food pantry donations. Canned goods are preferable, so that they can easily be sanitized. Members will receive one entry, for a $50 Gift Card prize drawing, for each food item donated.
Contact us if you have any questions about the Annual Meeting: 605-345-3379 or 1-800-657-5869
Incumbent Directors Run Unopposed
Two Director seats will be up for election at the LREA Annual Meeting to be held, drive-in style, at the Historic Fort Sisseton State Park on August 6, 2020. The seats up for election are District 2 and District 4. Both Incumbent Directors had submitted petitions prior to the deadline set for the Annual Meeting, originally scheduled to take place in Langford June 4. No other petitions were submitted.
Serving on the Board of Directors is a commitment that requires representatives to attend local meetings on a monthly basis as well as state and national meetings. Candidates must be active members of Lake Region Electric Association and must agree to attend all meetings. Board members attend trainings and pursue educational opportunities so that they are well informed on regulations and industry trends in order to best serve the members of Lake Region Electric Association.
Members wishing to make a nomination from the floor must call the office in advance of the annual meeting to pre-check the candidate for eligibility: 605-345-3379 or 1-800-657-5869. Qualifications and all other guidelines can be found in the Lake Region Electric Association, Inc. Bylaws. A copy of the current approved bylaws can be obtained by calling the LREA office. A digital copy is also available for viewing or printing on the website: www.lakeregion.coop
District 2 Representative, Mark Wismer began his duties as a board of director in June 2017. He has done consulting and engineering work both locally and internationally for many years. Wismer has been a co-inventor on eleven patents for Truss Industry Production Systems, including a system that is used to manufacture roof trusses all over the United States and Canada.
Wismer has great interest in changing technology and how it will provide countless advancements for the electrical generation and distribution industry. While serving on the board, he has continued his education to become a credentialed director. His experience has lent great insights and knowledge to the LREA Board of Directors and management.
District 4 Representative, Thomas Steiner farms near Eden. He has served on the Lake Region Electric Association Board of Directors since 2003. He currently serves as the Secretary for the Board of directors. Steiner feels that serving on the LREA board for nearly 18 years has been a privilege. “One of the core principles of coops is Concern for Community. As directors for LREA we have the opportunity to work for the development of our communities by implementing policies supported by our members.”
Steiner recognizes how advancements in technology continue to change and wants to continue to serve the members of Lake Region: “It is amazing to see the changes taking place in the electrical business. Technology is racing forward, and it is a challenge o try to keep up with all of the changes. As a Director, it is our duty to provide reliable energy at a reasonable price and if I am reelected, I will continue to work for that goal.”