The EAPGS Annual Meeting April 30 – May 3, 2020 is cancelled.

How to Vote for an EAPGS Trustee

  1. There are over 400 active EAPGS members eligible to vote.
  2. If we have received an absentee ballot by mail, we will use that ballot and you will not receive a notice by email to vote online.
  3. Voting online will be available from March 25, 2020 at 10:00PM until April 30, 2020 at 09:00PM
  4. Voting before/after the above times is not allowed.
  5. Voting more than once is not allowed and write-in candidates are not allowed at this time.
  6. Once voting starts you will receive an email from “ELECTIONRUNNER.COM “ like the following:

Example of email Header:

**Note that your name in the “To” field may be all of our membership information contained in that field !!!

Example of Email body with link to voting:

Login Information:

  1. Your Login ID (this will be approximately your last name with a number added at the end). We had to do this due to duplicate last names in our list.
  2. Your login Key (this will be your membership number.
  3. Please keep the email with the ID and Key that is shown in case you have to exit and retry without using the email link.
  4. Simply click on “VOTE NOW” and you will start the voting process.
  5. There are 6 candidates, ONLY VOTE FOR up to 4 then submit your vote. You may be asked if it is OK to submit which gives you a chance to review your choices.
  6. Once you submit your vote you will be given the opportunity to get a receipt of your vote which you may print or save.

We hope that this voting will go well and that we can improve on its use for future voting needs.

Peter Thomas, President

First, we are very grateful and extend our appreciation to Nancy Smith, the Ahlfelds and others who have put in a lot of time and effort to make the arrangements for the annual meeting and the related social events. While we are not going to reschedule the annual meeting to be in November, it may be possible that the “social events” could certainly be in combination with the usual Eastern Regional meeting in Carlisle in November.

Second, This cancellation is supported by noting the following:

  1. After receiving feedback from Trustees, we would definitely not have a quorum to conduct business
  2. New Governmental regulations are now increasing and indicating that at least through April events with more than 50 persons should be avoided. Many restaurants and other gathering places are also closing in many states.
  3. Many of our members are in the high-risk group for this coronavirus outbreak. We should protect our members.
  4. Many auctions and other glass shows have already been cancelled so that the expectation for a good attendance at Carlisle seems minimized.

Third, the annual meeting will take place as follows:

  1. Voting for new trustee candidates will take place using a new, automatic, online platform and also taking into account any absentee paper ballots received by Linda Eppelheimer. More information on this will be forthcoming and I believe it can be a useful mechanism for future annual meetings.
  2. EAPGS business will be accomplished by an online, group meeting to take place later in May. This would include the election of new officers and all other business as may be required. Again, I will have more information later as to how we can do this.
  3. Committee reports are requested to be emailed to Peter Thomas by the 30thMarch and will be posted in the members area of our EAPGS website. Their acceptance into the record can be done at our online group meeting.

We all regret that our annual meeting will be disrupted this year but our members’ health and safety are of paramount concern.

Please remain safe,

Peter Thomas, President