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What The CEC Bylaws Say Trustee Qualifications, Elections, Nominations, and Bylaw Amendments


If you plan to run for trustee or wish to amend the bylaws, you should know the right way to go about it. For your convenience, excerpts from the CEC bylaws are printed below:


Article IV: Trustees Section 4.02. Qualifications


No person shall be eligible to become or remain a trustee of the Cooperative or to hold any other posi- tion of trust in the Cooperative who:


(a) is a close relative of an incumbent trustee or of an employee of the Cooperative or;


(b) is not a member of the Cooperative and receiving service there from at his primary residential abode or;


(c) is not a bona fide resident of the particular district which he is to represent or;


(d) is not at least 21 years of age, does not have at least a high school diploma or GED equivalent for those individuals born in 1950 or thereafter, or is or has been within the past 60 months, in any way employed by or financially interested in the cooperative or in a com- peting enterprise, or a business selling electric energy or supplies, or a business primarily engaged in selling electrical or plumbing appliances, fixtures or supplies to, among others, the members of the Cooperative, or;


(e) is the incumbent or candidate for an elective public office in connection with which a salary or compensa- tion in excess of $100 per annum is paid or;


(f) is a convicted felon or who has plead guilty to a felony or who has plead nolo contendere to a felony charge;


(g) is not willing to become a certified trustee within the first term of office by participating in an OAEC or NRECA program designed to educate the new board member to the history and business of electric cooperatives. This provision to become effective for Trustees elected in 2003 and thereafter. Upon establishment of the fact that a trustee is holding office in violation of any of the foregoing provisions, it shall immediately become incumbent upon the Board of Trustees to remove such trustee from office. Upon establishment of the fact that a nominee for trustee lacks eligibility under this Section or as may be provid- ed elsewhere in these Bylaws, is shall be the duty of the chairman presiding at the meeting at which such nominee would otherwise be voted on to disqualify such nominee. Upon the establishment of the fact than any person being considered for, or already holding a trusteeship or other position of trust in the Cooperative lacks eligibility under this section, it shall be the duty of the Board of Trustees to withhold such position from such person, or to cause him to be removed there from, as the case may be. Nothing contained in this Section shall, or shall be construed to, affect in any manner whatsoever the validity of any action taken at any meeting of the Board of Trustees, unless such action is taken with respect to a matter


which is affected by the provisions of this Section and in which one or more of the trustees have an interest adverse to that of the Cooperative;


(h) is a former employee.


Section 4.06. Nominations Not less than 60 days before the opening of the annual meeting of the Cooperative each year, all candidates and nominees for nominations to the office of the trustee shall be by a petition signed by 25 members of the voting district for which office of the trustee shall expire and said petition shall be filed with the Secre- tary. All candidates and nominees must file a signed statement of intent with the Secretary. The Secretary shall thereupon cause the name of the candidates and his district to be published in the next issue of the Cooperative newsletter or by any other appropriate means which will inform the membership of the name of the candidate and his district.


Article XV: Amendments Section 15.01. Provisions


The Cooperative Bylaws may be added to, altered, or repealed by an amendment that appears on the ballot at an annual or special Cooperative member- ship meeting and that is affirmed by a majority of the secret, written votes cast. The notice for the meeting must contain a copy of the proposed amendment; PROVIDED either by the Board of Trustees or the members may repeal or correct any Bylaw if, as established by law, such Bylaw is illegal or has become a legal nullity.


Each proposed amendment must be: legibly written or typed in the English language; drafted by a CEC member, with 25 supporting members of the Co-op and be delivered to the Co-op's headquarters during regular business hours no less than 90 days prior to special or annual meeting of the members.


Each proposed amendment must be examined by an attorney selected by the co-op to determine if it vio- lates any state or federal laws. If it violates law it will be returned to the member who proposed it within 30 days for suggested revision to allow conformance to state and federal law. The revised amendment should be returned to the Co-op headquarters no less than 45 days prior to the election. The revised amendment will be submitted for a majority vote of the members at the election; PROVIDED FURTHER, the Board of Trustees shall not cause any proposed Bylaw change to be noticed or acted upon, if it determines that such, if adopted, would be illegal or legal nullity.


Community Events


Help us promote your event by sending event details in advance. Please send event information to Jennifer Boling/Inside Your Co-op/ PO Box 758, Hugo, OK 74743; or e-mail info to jboling@choctawelectric.coop. Events and dates are subject to change.


JUNE 1


2 3


PRCA Slack Roping, Hugo Rodeo Arena


PRCA Steer Roping Hugo Rodeo Arena


Talihina Chamber Dessert & Basket Auction & Candidate Speaking, 6 pm, 201 First Street, Talihina


3 7


PRCA Rodeo Fairgrounds, Hugo


Energy Efficiency Workshop 12 noon, CEC Hugo


16-18 Kiamichi Owa-Chito Festival of the Forest, Beavers Bend State Park, Broken Bow


19 Father's Day


19-25 Oklahoma Freewheel 23


Kilowatt Kids Camp CEC Idabel


24 26 30


JULY 3


4


Deadline for submitting changes to CEC bylaws


Nominating petitions due for individuals who wish to run for the CEC board of trustees


Kilowatt Kids Camp CEC Hugo


Fireworks Display George C. Coffman Football Stadium, Idabel


Freedom Fest High School Parking Lot Haworth


CEC Inside Your Co-op | JUNE 2016 | 5


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