Although this year’s Annual Meeting will operate a bit differently than in years past, we are excited to invite Talquin Members out to attend our 2020 Drive-Thru Annual Meeting! In addition to voting for their Board representation, Members will also be asked to vote on important proposed By-law changes to facilitate mail-in-voting in the future.
The 2020 Annual Meeting will take place in two parts. The drive-thru and voting component of the event will take place at Gadsden County High School beginning at 8:00 AM. Then, we ask that Members tune in for the virtual business meeting at 3:00 PM via the link provided on Talquin’s website and Facebook page. During the business meeting, Members will be updated on the state of the co-op, and prizes will be drawn for Members that registered and voted at the high school. More information on these By-law changes and the operating procedures for Talquin’s 2020 Drive-Thru Annual Meeting can be found below:
What: Talquin’s 2020 Drive-Thru Annual Meeting
When: Drive-Thru voting begins at 8:00 AM, the virtual business meeting will begin at 3:00 PM
Where: Gadsden County High School 27001 Blue Star Hwy, Havana, FL 32333
Voting and Voting Operations:
In addition to voting on board representation, Talquin Members will be voting on important proposed By-law changes this year that would facilitate mail-in-voting in the future, if necessary. At the moment, Talquin By-laws only allow for in-person voting.
Each Member will receive their Annual Meeting notice packet in mid-September, which will include their voting ballot and an explanation of the proposed By-law changes. We encourage Members to have their ballots completed prior to arriving at the Annual Meeting. All Members who complete their ballots in advance will receive an additional $10 bill credit.
The following Trustees are up for re-election this year (no other Members opted to petition for election this year):
District Three (3) Joseph Alexander
507 Deerwood Circle Quincy, Florida 32352
Mr. Alexander is the Trustee from District 3, central Gadsden County. Prior to his retirement, he served the State of Florida’s Department of Children and Families as the Child Care Services Program Manager for the Northwest Region (a 16-county service area). Mr. Alexander is a Credentialed Director, holds a Board Leadership Certificate through NRECA, and is a graduate of Florida A & M University. Mr. Alexander currently serves as the Secretary/Treasurer of Talquin Electric’s Board of Trustees and is a Florida Electric Cooperatives Association Director.
District Six (6) Doug Bruce
P.O. Box 10855 Tallahassee, Florida 32302
Mr. Bruce is the Trustee from District 6, southeast Leon County. Mr. Bruce is a lifelong Leon County resident who resides in southeastern Leon County. He has been active in state government during his career and works as a governmental consultant. Mr. Bruce is a Credentialed Director through NRECA and a graduate of FSU. He also is an alternate on the Florida Electric Cooperatives Association Board.
District Nine (9) Sam Fenn
3539 Lakeview Drive Tallahassee, Florida 32310
Mr. Fenn is the Trustee from District 9, southwest Leon County. Mr. Fenn is a graduate of Mercer University, School of Pharmacy, and is now retired after enjoying 50 years in pharmacy. Mr. Fenn is a Credentialed Director and holds a Board Leadership Certificate through NRECA. Mr. Fenn also serves on the Board of Trustees for Seminole Electric G&T.
Members will be provided with a suggested time for attending the voting portion of the Annual Meeting, but are not required to attend the voting portion at their suggested time. Suggested times are intended to spread out the voting participants to avoid high traffic volumes.
All voting will be conducted between 8:00 AM and 12:00 PM. Members will be greeted by a Talquin representative at a pre-registration area and then routed to one of three registration lanes. The three lanes will consist of (1) green lane and (2) red lanes.
The green lane is designated for Members that have completed their ballots prior to arrival. Members with completed ballots will be guided to the green lane and will register with a Talquin representative at one of three registration tents. The Member will then pull forward to drop off their ballot in a secure ballot box and receive a Member gift. Upon exiting, Chick-fil-A will provide the Member with a to-go bag that will include a bottled water, a cookie, and either a Chick-fil-A chicken biscuit or sandwich.
The red lanes are designated for Members that have not completed their ballots prior to arrival or who have questions for Talquin staff. Members will be guided to one of several registration tents within each lane. Members will then register with a Talquin representative and receive answers to questions or assistance in completing their ballot. Sanitized, pre-packaged pens will be provided by Talquin to assist Members in completing their ballot. Members will then pull forward to drop off their ballot in a secure ballot box and receive a Member gift. Upon exiting, Chick-fil-A will provide the Member with a to-go bag that will include a bottled water, a cookie, and either a Chick-fil-A chicken biscuit or sandwich.
Other than receiving the Member gift and Chick-fil-A pre-packaged meal, the drive-thru voting process is designed to be touchless to reduce physical interaction between Members and Talquin’s staff.
|Last Name (By the first letter)||Suggested Drive-Thru Voting Time|
|A-D||8:00 a.m.- 9:00 a.m.|
|E-K||9:00 a.m.- 10:00 a.m.|
|L-R||10:00 a.m.- 11:00 a.m.|
|S-Z||11:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.|
To assist with traffic flow, we have provided a suggested time drive-thru voting time. Members are not required to vote during their suggested time.
Health and Safety:
Members can expect all Talquin employees at the Annual Meeting to be practicing social distancing wherever possible. In addition to practicing social distancing, all Talquin employees will wear face coverings and use hand sanitizer as often as possible.
Face coverings will not be required for Members, although we do encourage wearing one for the health and safety of all Members and Talquin staff.
Members will receive all gifts in pre-packaged bags to limit unnecessary contact. Talquin is working with Chick-Fil-A to provide pre-packaged breakfast and lunch meals for all who attend the Annual Meeting.
Talquin will be providing Members with sanitized, pre-packaged pens, if needed, during the voting process.
Member Gifts and Prizes:
This year, Members that participate in the Annual Meeting voting process will receive the following gifts:
- Talquin hat and bag
- Wooden cutting board
- $10 bill credit for attendance
- Additional $10 bill credit for bringing a completed ballot to the Annual Meeting (must be completed in advance to receive additional bill credit)
- Chick-fil-A breakfast or lunch to-go bag
This year’s random prize drawings will include:
- A 55-inch TV
- (2) $500 bill credits
- (4) $250 bill credits
To be eligible to win one of these prizes, Members must register in the drive-thru voting process. Winners will be randomly drawn during the virtual meeting from a pool of all Members that register. Attendance at the virtual meeting is encouraged. However, attendance at the virtual meeting will not be used to qualify Members for participation in the random prize drawings.