Chatter - Upcoming Election of Directors

The KanOkla Networks eight member board is dedicated to accomplish our mission to improve the lives of our members, devoting a substantial amount of time and energy ensuring that the coop continues to grow and make a difference in our communities.  Directors are elected for three year terms by all members on a rotating schedule, and this year three district elections will be held. The current Board appoints committees in each district to submit nominees for director at the April 18th annual meeting.  The KanOkla Business Office has the list of committee members for you to contact if you are interested, or come in the business office to get a copy of KanOkla’s “Information for Potential Directors” or download a copy from our website.
Three districts are up for election this year; District One, Waldron/Manchester; District Six, Hardtner/Capron; and District Two, Freeport/Danville/Bluff City. Carol Peterson, current director of District Two, is not seeking reelection. The membership will be asked to vote on a bylaw change to restructure the exchange areas to absorb District Two into other districts.
Any persons nominated must meet the following qualifications (set out in Section 4.3 of the bylaws):
“(a) be an active member of the Co-op and
(b) maintain his or her principal residence within the district represented, or to be represented, by him or her, and have done so for at least two consecutive years immediately prior to nomination, and reside in his or her principal residence at least nine (9) months per year; and
(c) not be a current or terminated employee of Co-op, and if a former employee of the Cooperative or its subsidiary companies, can not be eligible to become a Director within five (5) years of their separation from such employment.
(d) not be a close relative of a director or an employee, a close relative being a spouse, child, parent, grandchild, grandparent, sister, brother, aunt, uncle, niece, nephew or first cousin, or not be a close relative of the spouse of a director or an employee, a close relative being a child, parent, grandchild, grandparent, sister, brother, aunt, uncle, niece, nephew or first cousin; and
(e) not have been convicted of a felony or of any criminal offense involving dishonesty or breach of trust; and
(f) not be in any way employed by or financially interested in a competing enterprise or a business engaged in selling competing service or supplies, or constructing or maintaining competing facilities. Ownership of stock traded on a major stock exchange shall not be a violation of this subsection.”

At the annual meeting, each nominee will be given an opportunity to give a three-minute speech. Voting on the election of directors will be done solely by mail. An official ballot, along with a brief biography of each candidate, will be mailed to each member following the annual meeting.
        We are looking forward to seeing you at our annual meeting on Thursday, April 18, 2019.
Pam Schneider
Chief Business Development Officer

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