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      RS 12:408     


§408.  Members

A.  No person who is not an incorporator shall become a member of a cooperative unless such person shall agree to use electric energy furnished by the cooperative when such electric energy is available through its facilities.  The bylaws of a cooperative may provide that any person, including an incorporator, shall cease to be a member thereof if he fails or refuses to use electric energy made available by the cooperative or if electric energy has not been made available to such person by the cooperative within a specified time after such person has become a member thereof.  Membership in the cooperative shall not be transferable, except as provided in the bylaws.  The bylaws may prescribe additional qualifications and limitations in respect of membership.

B.  An annual meeting of the members shall be held at such time as provided in the bylaws.

C.  Special meetings of the members shall be called by the board of directors, by any three directors, by not less than ten per centum of the members, or by the president.

D.  Meetings of members shall be held at such place as may be provided in the bylaws.  In the absence of any such provision, all meetings shall be held in the city or town in which the principal office of the cooperative is located.

E.  Except as hereinafter otherwise provided, written or printed notice stating the time and place of each meeting of members and, in the case of a special meeting, the purpose or purposes for which the meeting is called, shall be given to each member, either personally or by mail, not less than ten nor more than twenty-five days before the date of the meeting.  

F.  Unless otherwise required in the articles of incorporation or in the bylaws, five percent of all members, present in person, shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business at all meetings of the members.  For purposes of this Section, if voting by mail is authorized in the bylaws, members voting by mail shall be considered present in person.  If less than a quorum is present at any meeting, a majority of those present in person may adjourn the meeting from time to time without further notice.

G.  Each member shall be entitled to one vote on each matter submitted to a vote at a meeting.  Voting shall be in person, but, if the bylaws so provide, may also be by proxy or by mail, or both.  If the bylaws provide for voting by proxy or by mail, they shall also prescribe the conditions under which proxy or mail voting shall be exercised.  In any event, only members may act as proxies and no member may act as proxy for more than three members at any meeting of the members.

Renumbered from R.S.1950, §12:308 by Acts 1968, No. 105, §3, eff. Jan. 1, 1969.  Amended by Acts 1978, No. 110, §1, eff. June 22, 1978.

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