District meeting season is here, and we couldn’t be more excited! In 2021, we are holding meetings for Districts 6, 9, 3 and 11.

Please Note: Temperature checks and masks will be required, and CDC guidelines observed.

 

Registration for each meeting begins at 6 p.m., while all meetings start at 6:30 p.m.

Here are the dates and locations:

2021 GVEC District Meetings – District 6

Tuesday, March 2, 2021
New Braunfels Church of the Nazarene
210 W. Klein Rd.
New Braunfels, TX 78130

2021 GVEC District Meetings – District 9

Thursday, March 4, 2021
Schertz Community Center
1400 Schertz Pkwy., Bldg. #3
Schertz, TX 78154

2021 GVEC District Meetings – District 3

Tuesday, March 9, 2021
First Evangelical Lutheran Church
1206 N. Saint Joseph St.
Gonzales, TX 78629

2021 GVEC District Meetings – District 11

Thursday, March 11, 2021
St. Michael’s Church Hall
104 N. McLeod St.
Cuero, TX 77954

Wondering what the difference is between GVEC’s Annual Meeting and District Meetings? Should you attend this year if you live in District 6, 9, 3 or 11? Does your attendance really matter?

We encourage all our members to attend the Annual Meeting every year and their District Meetings every three years. For more information on why your participation in both meetings is important, read on.

A Meeting for Every District, Every Member

GVEC’s service territory is divided into 11 geographical regions or “districts.” Each district is represented by a director on the Cooperative Board of Directors. The term for each director is set at three years. At the end of each term, a new election is held, requiring district members to vote for a candidate. This is why the Cooperative holds a meeting for each district every three years.

As noted above, Districts 6, 9, 3 and 11 are holding meetings in 2021.

Should I Attend My District Meeting? Why Does it Matter?

We hold District Meetings primarily to nominate the district’s Director-Candidate for a new three-year term. Formal election of each district candidate occurs at GVEC’s Annual Meeting, with the entire Cooperative membership voting. Annual Meetings are always held on the fourth Friday in June (June 25 in 2021).

Why should you attend your District Meeting? The answer is this: Our Cooperative democracy works better for everyone when more members participate. The group of local farmers who launched GVEC back in 1938 did so in partnership with their community. More than 80 years later, we continue operating in collaboration with those we serve, working to improve the quality of life for everyone living and working in the Guadalupe Valley and surrounding areas. This genuine desire to improve and empower lives is essential to the cooperative way of business.

Your input in the governance of your cooperative isn’t just appreciated—it’s needed. GVEC would not exist without the voices and support of those we serve. We are your cooperative; being a member gives you an ownership stake. You are part of a larger community of member-owners with a say in how their cooperative runs. These meetings—the Annual Meeting included—also present a great opportunity to meet your Cooperative community, including GVEC personnel. And of course, all Cooperative meetings are a chance to make your voice—your vote—heard. Your voice matters!

Additionally, the choosing of Director-Candidates aren’t the only item of business at District Meetings. The agenda also includes other matters and news of concern to both your district and to the Cooperative as a whole.

We Look Forward to Seeing and Hearing You in 2021

For all these reasons, if you live in Districts 6, 9, 3 or 11, we hope to see you at your 2021 District Meeting! Unsure of what district you live in? You can view GVEC’s District Meeting Map here. Regardless of your Cooperative district, we hope you’ll attend GVEC’s Annual Meeting on June 25.

The more members who participate in Cooperative governance, the more effectively we’re able to empower the communities we serve. GVEC District Meetings and our Annual Meeting offer powerful ways for you to take greater ownership and make vital contributions to Cooperative democracy.

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