Members should have received mail-in ballots by now, which must returned by Wednesday, June 13, at 5:30 p.m.
SMPA has two candidates in each district. District one candidates include incumbent Ken Barnes of Nucla and the challenger Doylene Garvey of Nucla. District four candidates include the incumbent Michael Saftler of Telluride and the challenger Jack Sibold of Ridgway/Log Hill. Candidate bios can be found on SMPA’s website at HYPERLINK "http://www.smpa.com/About/annual_meeting.cfm"http://www.smpa.com/About/annual_meeting.cfm.
SMPA holds its 73rd Annual Meeting of Members on Thursday, June 14, at the Nucla office, 170 W. 10th Ave. Member registration will open at 4:30 p.m. Complimentary grilled burgers and hot dogs plus sides will be served at 5 p.m.; polls close when the business meeting starts, at 6 p.m. All SMPA members and their families are invited to attend.
San Miguel Power is a member-owned rural electric cooperative and is governed by the consumers it serves. The Annual Meeting of Members is a yearly event held by the cooperative in order to update the membership on the association’s financial condition and business operations.
The theme for SMPA’s annual meeting this year is “The Power of Partnership.” The co-op will be recognizing the important partnerships from 2011 that helped improve and bring new services to their members.
“Partnerships come naturally to co-ops,” says SMPA General Manager, Kevin Ritter. “You could say that a partnership is what brought us into existence in the first place. When the local men and women banded together to form their own electric cooperative, they were really partnering – pooling resources, time and effort for one common goal,” explained Ritter. “Throughout the years we’ve continued to take on partnerships that improve the quality of service and quality of life for our members. And this year we’d like to celebrate that.”
Door prizes will be awarded to registered members who must be present to win. For more information contact Toni Bertorello, Executive Secretary, (970) 626-5549 ext. 210, HYPERLINK "mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org"email@example.com or Becky Mashburn, Communications Executive, (970) 626-5549 ext. 212, HYPERLINK "mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org"email@example.com.