As the time grows near for this year’s annual meeting, this September has a different feel to it from years past. We are in the midst of a pandemic, and almost everyone has been affected in some way by the COVID-19 virus. For some, it has been suffering through the illness with friends, family or self. For others, it has been the financial impact of economic shutdowns. Still for others, it is the closing of one school year and the start of another under different circumstances than previous experience. Lives have changed is an understatement.
Our annual meetings are almost always held at the area high school, but due to restrictions and the need for social distancing, this year’s Annual Meeting will be held on Saturday, September 19th, at the Powell Valley Electric Cooperative’s main office in New Tazewell, TN. Registration will open at 9:00 a.m. and the business session will start at 11:00 a.m. Unlike previous years, the COVID-19 virus will impact this Annual Meeting a number of ways. Out of concern for the health and well-being of our members and employees, and to still provide a full program for the Annual Meeting, the following changes have been made for this year’s meeting:
- Director Elections will be conducted via Early Voting for 5 days preceding the Annual Meeting at the New Tazewell Office between 10:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. Voting will not take place the day of the Annual Meeting.
- Attendance will be limited to one person representing each membership.
- Those attending will be required to wear a mask, and social distancing is strongly advised during the event.
- Unfortunately, this year there will be no health fair, activities, lunch, door prizes or gift bags.
We have put much thought and consideration into putting together a meeting as close to normal as possible, given the current situation. On behalf of the directors, management and employees of Powell Valley Electric Cooperative, we appreciate your understanding and patience as we navigate these new circumstances. We look forward to returning next year to our more traditional annual meetings when we could freely fellowship and enjoy a celebration of this Cooperative’s service to our community.
-Randell W. Meyers