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Currently, Vigilante Electric is preparing for our 85th annual meeting of members. For us, this is the most important event of our business year. For our members, this is your opportunity to participate in the affairs of the cooperative, interact with our cooperative leadership, and hear about the issues that are impacting our industry.
Many things distinguish cooperatives from other organizations, one being that we adhere to seven core principles. Principle #2: “Cooperatives are democratic organizations controlled by their members, who actively participate in setting policies and making decisions. The elected representatives are accountable to the membership.” The annual meeting is your opportunity to participate in this process.
While the issues that require member participation change from year to year, the one constant is that members attending the annual meeting will participate in the election of trustees. This year, elections will be held for District #3 (Townsend-Toston), District #8 (Dillon south), and District #9 (Dell-Lima).
Meeting attendees will also hear from our leadership about the state of the cooperative, as well as the successes and challenges faced this previous year. We will also receive a legislative update from a representative of the Montana Electric Cooperative Association (MECA). Montana is in the midst of a legislative session, so we will hear about the political issues in Helena, as well as those in Washington, D.C.
We also invite special guests to attend and address our annual meeting. While nothing is confirmed at the time of this article, we are planning on having two very special guests.
This year’s annual meeting will also have everything our members have come to expect. Registered members will be treated to a wonderful meal, receive a gift at registration, and be included in a drawing for some great door prizes.
This year’s meeting will once again be held at the Watson Irrigation Training Center outside Townsend on March 3, 2023. An official notice and registration card will be sent to all members. We hope to see you there.