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Proposed bylaw amendments resulted from hours of work by the CEC bylaw committee. Comprised of co-op members, the committee met weekly over a period of three months to discuss and debate necessary changes.


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hoctaw Electric members will vote on several amendments to the Choctaw Electric bylaws at the upcoming CEC Annual Meeting on September 26. For your convenience, summaries of these changes are printed below. Copies of the bylaw changes in their entirety will be available at the bylaw information table located west of the annual meeting registration desk. Members of the bylaw committee will be available to answer questions and discuss bylaw changes with members.


Please review the summaries and plan on attending the CEC Annual Meeting on September 26. Remember, it is your responsibility as a co-op member to vote on matters of importance to your co-op.


■ Article III: Meeting of Members


Proposed changes to Article III would make it possible for CEC to hold simultaneous annual meetings anywhere in CEC service territory. It also gives members the option to vote by mail-in ballot.


■ Article IV: Trustees


Proposed changes to Article IV would prevent former co-op employees from serving on the board of trustees; clarify rotation of trustees elections; limit trustees to serving no more than four


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terms; require voting district composition to be reviewed once every five years to maintain equality; require incumbent trustees to petition members to run for office; allow trustees to declare a seat vacant if a trustee fails to attend at least 75 percent of board meetings each year; and require appointed trustees to stand for election at the annual meeting following their appointment; prevent trustees from receiving insurance benefits, but would allow them the option to participate in CEC’s health benefits at their own expense; prevent close relatives of trustees or former trustees from receiving contracts


or any other financial compensation; allow board members compensation for expenses incurred from performing their duties as trustees; and allow members access to co-op audit reports.


■ Article V: Meeting of Trustees


Proposed changes to Article V would allow members to attend co-op board meetings, however, the board may enter into private executive session to discuss legal matters; real estate transactions; contract negotiations; personnel issues; competitive issues; and co-op and member security. Final action on matters discussed in executive session must be made in the regular meeting, except when voting could result in legal action or other negative financial impact on CEC.


■ Article VI: Officers; Miscellaneous


Proposed changes to Article VI prevents the title of general manager/ CEO to be used interchangeably with executive vice-president; and eliminates a redundant bylaw provision.


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