August 7, 2020
By News Director Jared Atha
Northfork Electric Cooperative’s 81st Annual Meeting is still on, but with some changes due to the ongoing pandemic.
According to information released by Northfork officials, since the print date of the newsletter and the registration cards members will be receiving in the mail soon, details surrounding this year’s meeting have changed. Out of concern for the safety of members and employees, the goal now is to shorten this year’s event to include the business meeting and the announcement of the grand prize winner.
Company officials say this year’s event will be held under the pavilion at the Sayre Municipal Park on Saturday, August 15th, however a drive thru registration will begin at 9 a.m.
Upon arriving at the meeting, attendees are asked to use the RV park entrance on the west side of the park where registration of members will be done in a drive thru style method. Once registered, members will have the option of remaining in their vehicle and listening to a short range FM broadcast of the meeting, or a limited number of socially distanced seats will be available for members who would like to be outside.
Officials say if someone isn’t feeling well, or are a high risk for infection of Covid-19, they highly encourage them to stay home, or utilize the optional drive in/drive out registration.
Entertainment will be provided from 9 to 10 a.m. and following the entertainment, the business portion of the meeting will be called to order by Jimmy Taylor, president of the board of trustees. During this time, elections for trustee positions in districts three, four and five will be conducted.
This year’s grand prize winner will take home a Kubota Kommander mower. The recipient of that prize will be drawn and announced at the conclusion of the business meeting. You do not need to be present to win the grand prize this year.
Members in attendance will also be eligible to win numerous door prizes. Those drawings will be held the week of August 17 and the winners will be announced on Facebook, Instagram and on the Northfork Electric Cooperative website.
Officials also announced that free swimming, miniature golf and the buffet lunch will not be available this year, and they are encouraging anyone who chooses to attend to wear a mask.