NPEC Annual Meeting postponed until September
During the January board meeting, NPEC directors had a very frank discussion about our annual meeting that generally is held on the third Monday in April each year. Due to the concern for everyone who would be in attendance last year, the meeting was cancelled for the first time in 76 years.
In 2021, there will be an annual meeting but it will be held in September. After careful deliberation by the board, the annual meeting is scheduled to be held at the Ochiltree County Expo Center on the evening of September 13th and include registration, a barbecue meal and then our normal business meeting that will include the election of three directors. This in-person meeting will be held if the pandemic has subsided and it is deemed safe to gather 400 people in the Expo.
If the coronavirus is still highly active within our area, there is a backup plan. NPEC will have its first drive-through annual meeting in some form. A drive-through meeting will be very different in that we set up a time for members to come to a designated location and never leave their car. Folks will be able to register and receive their election ballot initially when they drive up and then will be directed to a second station where the completed ballot will be dropped into the ballot box. An attendance gift will be provided to each member who votes at this location also. A boxed meal with drinks will be provided for all attendees at the last stop. The meal will be prepared and catered by one of our local restaurants.
After everyone has made their way through the three-station line, the meeting will be concluded. The Credentials & Elections Committee will meet the following day to count ballots and determine the election results. We will post those results on our website and other outlets so all will know the results.
In one form or another, NPEC will have an annual meeting. When we get a little closer to September watch for the annual report that will provide the details for the annual meeting along with my message to membership and the financial data from the 2020 year.
As difficult as it was, 2020 was a good year to be a NPEC member and all of us who work for you hope that 2021 gets us past the pandemic and to a place where we can relax and appreciate normal.