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The 2019 Annual Meeting

Posted: January 1, 2019

Most of us lead busy lives. We find ourselves multi-tasking and constantly checking phones and email to keep up with the demands of modern life. Thanks to technology, we can accomplish many tasks quickly, electronically and remotely which increases our efficiency. With many pressing obligations at home and work, we like to protect our “free” time. Invitations to attend in-person meetings and gatherings are weighed carefully as we decide whether or not our time and effort to attend is beneficial. The answer to the question, “what’s in it for me?” must be compelling. You may think attending Missoula Electric Cooperative’s (MEC’s) Annual Meeting would be easy to lump into the “no benefit to me” category, however, I’d ask you to reconsider.

MEC exists to provide safe, reliable and affordable energy to its consumer-members (that’s you!). Equally important is our mission to enrich the lives of our members and to serve the long-term interests of our local communities. This is where we need your help!

As a member of the community, you have a perspective that is valuable and we invite you to share it with the co-op. At the Annual Meeting, our leaders will discuss priorities and challenges, and discuss the financial health and priorities for the coming years. Items under consideration include an update on our comprehensive vegetation management efforts, major construction projects planned for the coming months and an update from the 2019 Legislative session in Helena. The Annual Meeting is also the time to cast your final ballot for new board members who will represent you and your district. The Board of Trustees is made up of seven representatives, who are local consumers, just like you.

MEC is one of the few local organizations that is uniquely positioned to bring together all members of the community. It is worth noting that the health of the co-op and the well-being of the community are closely intertwined. While MEC provides convenient electronic options for bill pay and member communication, there are times when there is no substitute for in-person engagement. You may feel you have nothing to add to the discussion, however, your dollars are invested locally into improvements that impact the reliability and affordability of your energy. Therefore, MEC wants to hear from you on how we can make the best decisions for the future of the communities we serve.

If you have never attended our Annual Meeting, or it’s been awhile, please stop by! We’ll have food, informational booths and door prizes, so mark your calendar for Saturday, March 16th. Our MEC team and Board of Trustees looks forward to meeting with you!