SMECO newsletter

volume 66 - issue 7 - July 2016

2016 Annual Members' Meeting to be held on August 23, 2016

The 2016 SMECO Annual Members' Meeting will be held Tuesday, August 23, at the Blue Crabs Regency Furniture Stadium in Waldorf. Register and vote from 4 until 7 p.m. The meeting will start at 7 p.m. and end around 8 p.m.

2016 SMECO Annual Members’ Meeting

Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Registration and voting: 4–7 p.m.
Meeting: 7–8 p.m.

  • Requests for Absentee Ballots must be received between July 18 and August 5, 2016.
  • Completed Absentee Ballots are due back by August 22, 2016.
  • Look for your annual meeting packet in July.

The nominating committee met on May 7, 2016, to choose candidates for the five available seats up for election on SMECO's Board of Directors. The list of nominations follows:

Calvert County (one seat available)
W. Michael Phipps

Charles County (two seats available)
Gilbert O. Bowling
Vernecia C. Smith
Richard A. Winkler

Prince George's County (one seat available)
James A. Richards

St. Mary's County (one seat available)
Scott White

In addition to nominations made by the Nominating Committee, any 15 or more SMECO members acting together may make other nominations by petition. The deadline for nominations by petition was June 24.

Picture from 2015 annual meeting

Members may vote in person at the Annual Members' Meeting on August 23, 2016. Absentee mail-in ballots are available to members who wish to vote but cannot attend the meeting. Requests for absentee mail-in ballots must be received between July 18 and August 5, 2016.

To request an absentee mail-in ballot, you can:
• Call 1-888-440-3311, extension 4722.
• Complete an online form on the Co-op's website at
• Mail a request for an absentee mail-in ballot to SMECO Annual Meeting, P.O. Box 670, Hughesville, Maryland 20637. Please include your account number, your service address, mailing address and daytime phone number.

When voting by mail, your completed ballot must be received by SMECO by August 22, 2016, if it is to be counted at the annual meeting.

If you vote on behalf of a business or organization, you must bring its member identification card to the annual meeting. If you don't have its member ID card, you won't be able to vote on behalf of that entity.

SMECO will mail annual meeting packets in late July. The packet will include biographical information for each candidate running for a seat on the Board of Directors, as well as proposed bylaw changes. The packet will also include your member identification card, which should be brought to the meeting for voting purposes.