Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Gulf Coast Electric Cooperative is unable to hold an in-person annual meeting this year. Instead, a virtual annual meeting will be held on the same date that the in-person meeting was originally scheduled for, which is Saturday, May 2, 2020.
GCEC members may register and vote for trustees and approve the board actions for the past year. Members should have already received their election packets in the mail. Detailed instructions are in the packet.
There are two ways to register and vote:
• Use the prepaid envelope to return the ballot.
• Vote online at gcec.coopballot.com using the PIN provided in the election packet.
Please remember the deadline to register and vote is 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, April 22, 2020. If members choose to register and vote by mail, please allow sufficient time for mail processing.
Members will receive a $5 bill credit just for registering and voting!
The prize drawings will still take place. Your returned ballot serves as your prize ticket.
Once the election ends on April 22, the third party that is conducting the election on behalf of the co-op will randomly select members to win the following:
• $1,000 in gift cards (40 $25 winners).
• $1,000 in free electricity (10 $100 bill credit winners).
• A 2003 Chevrolet 1500 4x4 pickup truck (one winner).
Gift card winners will be notified by mail. Bill credit winners will be notified by telephone. The pickup truck winner will be notified by telephone. Arrangements will be made for the winner of the truck to come to the office to pick it up.
GCEC will still award 10 $1,000 scholarships to be used for college, university or vocational/technical training. The co-op will be in touch with the students who applied and draw for the awards that in a way that complies with CDC guidelines for social distancing.
To attend the virtual meeting, on Saturday, May 2, 2020, at 10 a.m. Central Time, members may call a dedicated line to listen in on the business portion of the meeting. The toll-free number is 833-420-0339.
To make or second the motion to approve the minutes from last year’s (2019) annual meeting, as printed on pages 28 and 29 of the May edition of Florida Currents magazine, and then to adjourn the 2020 Annual Meeting of the Membership at the conclusion of the business portion of the meeting, you may email Gulf Coast Electric Cooperative Inc. at email@example.com prior to the start of the meeting on May 2 stating: “I (list your member name and address) make or second the motions to approve the 2019 annual meeting minutes and to adjourn the 2020 meeting at the conclusion of the business part of the meeting.” Please indicate if you are in favor of or against the motions.
From now until May 2, if members have any questions, please feel free to email them to firstname.lastname@example.org. The co-op will select a few questions to address during the virtual meeting.
A full report of the election results and the scholarship recipients will be provided in a future edition of Florida
You can stay engaged with GCEC by visiting www.gcec.com, by reading Florida Currents magazine and by following the co-op on Facebook.