2019 Annual Meeting Sees Two New Board Members Elected & Two Bylaw Changes Approved
Fall River Electric’s annual meeting of members was conducted on a beautiful Saturday morning, June 15th at North Fremont High School in Ashton, ID where nearly one thousand owner-members joined the Cooperative for breakfast. A record of 2,100 ballots were cast via three methods; online, mail-in and in-person for a board election that featured ten candidates seeking three positions.
Doug Schmier was re-elected to his District 9 board position, which includes members in the West Yellowstone area while two new board members were elected. Anna Lindstedt of Driggs was elected as the District 4 representative replacing eight-year veteran Debbie Smith, who chose to not run for re-election. In District 7, newcomer Jodi Stiehl of Island Park was elected to replace Ron Dye whose fifteen years of service to the Co-op ended as he reached his term limits.
Here are the voting results:
DISTRICT 4 – East Driggs/Alta
Anna Lindstedt – 673
Kyle Cook – 648
Mark Hansen – 450
Delwyn Jensen – 214
Kelly Circle – 134
DISTRICT 7 – Southern Island Park
Jodi Stiehl – 716
Bruce Ard – 669
Mark Gerber – 406
Allan Webb – 238
DISTRICT 9 – West Yellowstone
Doug Schmier – 1,767
All three elected board members will each fill a three-year term extending into mid 2022 and will join the other six members that comprise the board charged with overseeing the business affairs of the Cooperative and ensuring it remains financially sound. All board members must live within the physical boundaries of the district seat open for election but represent all owner-members of the Cooperative.
Owner-members also overwhelmingly approved two bylaw changes.
One change to prohibit Co-op employees from running to be a Fall River board member during employment and for three years after leaving Fall River employment and Directors being prohibited from being eligible for employment until three years after serving on the board was approved by 1,823 votes in favor to 148 votes opposed.
The second bylaw change adding a one term extension of three years for board members that are serving on a regional or national board at the time they reach their term limits was approved by 1,589 in favor to 365 in opposition. An extension under this change also requires the board member to be re-elected by the members of Fall River to his or her board position.
Fall River Electric’s annual meeting for 2020 will be held at Teton High School in Driggs on Saturday, June 13, 2020.