Annual Members’ Meeting

Every year, SMECO conducts its members’ meeting for the purpose of electing directors and voting on bylaw changes. As a member, you have the right to vote. Below are details that are included in the annual meeting notice. Thank you for participating in SMECO’s 83rd Annual Meeting.

Read the biographies of the 2021 board candidates and the proposed bylaw amendments.

Voting:

  • Look in your mail for your annual meeting notice, which includes your login credentials and instructions on voting online or by mail-in ballot. 
  • Ballots were mailed July 20. If you need to have a ballot sent to you, or if you need your log-in credentials to vote online, please contact SMECO at 1-888-440-3311.

    In accordance with SMECO’s bylaws, there will be no on-site voting at the annual meeting.
  • If you are using the mail-in ballot, return it using the postage-paid envelope provided.
  • Online and mail-in ballots must be received by August 19.
  • Voting results will be announced at the meeting.

Thirty prize winners will be selected at random from among the submitted ballots during the voting period of July 29 and August 11. If you are one of the lucky winners, SMECO will credit $50 to your electric bill. Submit your ballot early so you will have more chances to win.

Meeting:

The annual meeting is a business meeting. Ballots cast by mail or submitted online will be included for the purpose of establishing a quorum of 500 participating members. Only 50 members are required to attend the meeting in person to make a quorum.

  • Location: Mechanicsville Volunteer Fire Department Social Hall
    28165 Hills Club Road
    Mechanicsville, MD 20659
  • Date: August 26, 2021
  • Time: 6 p.m.

Because of the pandemic, it is possible that the plans for the Annual Meeting will need to change. Check this page for the most up-to-date information about the meeting details.

Through this forum we will be able to ensure transparency and accountability. As we have in the past, the specific rules for conducting the meeting will be explained at the beginning of the meeting. Election results will be announced at the meeting.

Any member who has questions or comments is encouraged to contact SMECO at any time. Just send a message or call 1-888-440-3311.

What do the bylaw changes mean?

The proposed bylaw changes to Article III on this year’s ballot are intended to expand the cooperative’s annual meeting options by including virtual participation, by phone or by internet. This change will ensure the cooperative can meet its obligation to hold an annual members’ meeting. The proposed bylaw changes to Article V on this year’s ballot are intended to expand the options for the Board of Directors meetings by including virtual participation as an alternative.

An electric cooperative is shaped by the communities it serves:

SMECO has 15 directors, and every year, five directors are elected to three-year terms. SMECO members elect the men and women who serve on the Board of Directors.

The annual meeting ballot also includes proposed amendments to SMECO’s bylaws. Bylaws govern the way an electric cooperative does business.

SMECO directors are part of the community:

SMECO’s Board of Directors meets every month to oversee the operations of the cooperative.

Directors are SMECO members like you, and they come from all walks of life.

Directors attend training sessions provided by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), which serves about 900 electric cooperatives nationwide. Through NRECA, electric cooperatives across the country have built a strong network of like-minded organizations that put their members first.

As a cooperative, SMECO will always put its members first—the power you can count on:

As a cooperative, SMECO will always put its members first—the power you can count on.

SMECO was incorporated in 1937 and is one of the 15 largest electric cooperatives in the United States with more than 169,000 member accounts in Calvert, Charles, St. Mary’s, and southern Prince George’s counties.

At the end of each year, SMECO’s margins (profits) are allocated to members’ capital credit accounts. SMECO uses its profits to invest in new construction, system improvements, facility upgrades, and more. The Board of Directors regularly evaluates the financial condition of the cooperative and determines when members will receive a refund. Since 1937, SMECO has refunded $110 million.

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