The annual members’ meeting is a legal requirement for all credit unions. I recently was emailed this Notice from my credit union:
We are conducting the 2022 Annual Meeting by Electronic Transmission as provided in Section 411 of the Amended and Restated Bylaws of XXXX Credit Union. . .The Annual Meeting will be hosted by video conference on April XX, 2022, at 5pm. Members can register by submitting an email request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Questions will not be taken during the Annual Meeting, so please submit any questions that you have in advance along with your attendance request. Answers will be provided during the virtual meeting.
Please note that there is no new business to discuss. The only matter requiring a vote of the members in attendance is approval of the 2021 Annual Meeting minutes. The Directors nominated (4) will be approved by acclamation of the Board of Directors as provided by the Bylaws.
The Question I Submitted
Before my question I would offer brief context:
We are seeing people’s belief in democracy tested daily at home and overseas.
This one-person, one-vote governance model is the foundation for all credit unions. For coops, it gives every member a voice, an important factor in building a community of common effort.
Democracy is a fragile system both for countries and credit unions. It requires continual renewal and participation.
The credit union is a strong financial performer. But no institution, especially a credit union, survives because of financial strength alone.
The foundation of every credit union is the relationships with its member-owners. The process of replacing the members’ voting role with self-appointed directors undermines democratic participation and our unique source of resilience.
My Question: Will the board commit to having open nominations going forward to seek qualified candidates from the over 400,000 members, beyond the number of board openings, so members may make their voice heard by choosing who should lead the credit union? This would be a vital means of demonstrating the credit union’s statement in the Notice: We’re in this together