2019 CEF Annual Meeting: May 11th

Saturday May 11th
Pax Christi Catholic Church

12100 Pioneer Trail, Eden Prairie, MN 55347
Community Solar Garden Roof Tours start at 4PM
Dinner and Meet and Greet starts at 6:30PM
Meeting Agenda starts at 7:00PM

Please RSVP if you plan to join us!

Unable to attend in person? CEF is inviting members to host house parties (eg. with a potluck) for members in more distant parts of the state to get to know each other and participate in the meeting via video conference (available for anyone with a webcam and internet connection). If you are interested in hosting a house party with other co-op members in your area, please contact General Manager Timothy DenHerder-Thomas. We’ll get you set up for video conferencing and connect you with other members in your area.

All members will have the opportunity to vote on Board elections and member resolutions online before the meeting, and we will post information about member house parties and the video conference information well before the meeting.

Major Annual Meeting Goals:
First and foremost, this is a celebration of the great strides CEF has made this year to make cooperative community energy a reality in Minnesota, and to look ahead to the exciting next phase as CEF brings the rest of our community solar gardens online and gets ready for the next stage in clean energy leadership.  Join us in celebrating this historic moment in our journey to a cooperative energy future! A few more specific things we will cover include:

  • Get to know the co-op! Who are we, why are we, and where have we come from.
  • Learn about the co-op’s progress over the past year including member growth, new solar gardens, and capital secured.
  • Discuss highlights of the major opportunities and challenges facing the co-op
  • Invite members to get more involved in shaping where the co-op goes next
  • Make decisions about term limits for our Board of Directors, hear from Board candidates, and elect new members to the CEF Board of Directors.
  • Enjoy food, company, and great stories and …

Hear from Keynote Speaker Samantha Pree-Stinson:

Samantha Pree-Stinson is a strategist and program manager. She has a degree in Organizational Psychology from Franklin University, a Program Management Certification from UC Berkeley extension, and is a US Army Veteran. She served in Afghanistan as a Combat Medic SGT.  Samantha ran for office in the Minneapolis City Council race in 2017 followed by being appointed the Senior Policy Advisor for Councilmember Phillipe Cunningham in the 4th Ward of Minneapolis.

She has been an educator and Associate Director of Education at Corinthian Colleges and worked at Medtronic as a Compliance Auditor in the Neuromodulation Division and as a leader of both the Global Women’s Network and African Descent Network Twin Cities. Samantha previously served on the executive board at both MTN and KMOJ. She is currently an appointed at large member of the MET Council Equity Advisory Committee. Samantha is also the newly elected Co-Chair of the MN Green Party. She is currently the lead of Organizational Alignment for Village Financial Cooperative.

She is a mother of 3 sons and has been married for 20 years.

Samantha’s passion is helping others to realize their full potential, grassroots small D democracy building, and creating local cooperative and sustainable solutions to meet the needs of the community.

Run for the CEF Board of Directors! 

The Annual Member Meeting is also where CEF members run for and elect our next Board of Directors. This year, we will have 4-5 Board spots open for a 2-year term, and we’re looking for members who want to nominate and run. Board members meet monthly to guide the cooperative’s direction, make important decisions about financing, staffing, and member distributions, and keep the co-op accountable to all members. This year, we are especially looking for Board members who:
  1. Are subscribers to any of CEF’s community solar gardens, so you can represent other subscribers of your community solar project and/or
  2. Have experience in project financing, commercial real estate, or legal

We want to make especially sure that Board members from greater Minnesota can also participate, so we will be ensuring that monthly Board meetings are accessible via video conference. If you can’t commit to coming to the Twin Cities in person each month, but could sign on for a monthly meeting online, please don’t hesitate to run for the Board!

The Board elections will be open for voting online before the Annual member meeting and will conclude with final voting during the Annual Meeting itself. To make this possible, we’re asking that everyone who wants to run submit their nomination by Sunday April 28th so we can send out candidate statements and ballots ahead of time.

Please consider running! For more information about what it means to be a Board Member, and to submit your nomination, please submit a nomination form before 4/28/2019.


About timothydenherderthomas

Timothy is the General Manager of Cooperative Energy Futures and a member of the Community Power Steering Committee. He's all about people power, and being the changes we actually want to see. Timothy has been heavily involved in community development and using climate solutions as incredible opportunities for local economic activity, collective empowerment, and self-determination. He does lots of network building with buddies in the youth movement as well as labor, faith, agricultural, small business, and neighborhood groups.

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