Strong winds didn’t keep concerned Calista shareholders from traveling to Goodnews Bay this weekend. Chartered planeloads arrived in the village all morning, in addition to the only scheduled flight. The first plane load of 19 Calista employees and board of directors had to be diverted to Platinum due to high crosswinds. However, the winds of change had already begun for the corporation.
On Saturday, the Rocky Mountain school gymnasium was filled with shareholders from all over the Calista region in addition to Goodnews Bay locals. 55-percent of the shareholders were represented either in person or by proxy. A quorum was established and the long awaited annual Calista Shareholders meeting was underway.
The annual meeting includes voting on the board of directors as well as any resolutions.
An independent auditing firm counted the ballots and announced the results. Long time Board Member, Felix Hess, who had served for 24-years, was voted out and replaced by Robert L. Beans of Mountain Village. Hess is also the corporation’s Acting CEO after the board put former President, Andrew Guy, on administrative leave this past summer. No official word yet on how Hess losing his board seat might affect his paid position at the corporation. The status of Guy’s leave was also not discussed at the meeting.
Another change that did take place was for the at-large seat which went to Marcie Sherer who replaces Harley Sundown.
Two incumbents were re-elected. The unit 1 representative is still Michael Akeralrea, and JoAnn Jorgensen was re-elected for unit 2.
Besides a change in the board, several resolutions were passed that would alter the corporation’s by-laws.
Shareholders passed four binding resolutions: the first eliminates the power of the nominating committee to cast votes on behalf of shareholders, the second requires that the annual shareholders meeting be held periodically in Bethel and Anchorage, the third restricts the chairman from serving no more than three consecutive terms, the fourth stops the Nominating committee from viewing the tally of shareholder votes before casting their own.
One advisory resolution passed, banning the Discretionary voting process.
Share holders did NOT pass a binding resolution to remove 7 board members, due to a non-majority vote. So, board members Arthur Heckman, Robert Hoffman, William Igkurak, and JoAnn Jorgensen remain.
The newly elected Calista Board is scheduled to hold its first meeting on Wednesday November 7th where officers will be elected.