This year, like many other events, the LAGERS Annual Meeting looked, well, different. We're not going to focus on those things though. We at LAGERS are tasked with organizing and holding an annual meeting for our stakeholders every year. And in usual LAGERS fashion, we used the challenges presented in these uncertain times (new normal, now more than ever, unprecedented era - insert your favorite COVID-19 buzzword) to accomplish the job we came to do in the best way possible and to innovate our processes while looking towards the future.
While we didn't have our usual format this year, we used Thursday and Friday to take care of some very important business. It was back to basics in terms of content for this year's meeting, with educational sessions moving online to our new virtual option while in person focused on electing Board Members and recognizing those public servants who make our communities great and a LAGERS champion that supports them along the way.
LAGERS First Legislative Champion Honored
Representative Patricia Pike was honored this year as LAGERS first Legislative Champion for her work advocating for LAGERS legislative initiatives. Her work on LAGERS’ expansion of employee contribution initiative this past session gave more flexibility to the system and more options for our employers.
LAGERS Board of Trustees Elections
Board elections were held at the meeting and a virtual component was added for those who could not be in person. In the uncontested elections Frank Buck, Employer Trustee from DeKalb County was reelected to a four year term (ending December 31, 2024) and Sandy Walker, Member Trustee from the City of Poplar Bluff was also reelected to a four year term (ending December 31, 2024). Mr. Buck has served as a trustee since 2002. Ms. Walker has served as a trustee since 2018.
Three finalists for LAGERS 2020 Local Government Hero Award were honored and the winner was announced at the awards luncheon on Friday. Darold Donathan, community resource officer from the Branson police was announced the winner, chosen from 23 nominations from across the state.
We were so happy to see all of you, even though it was a smaller crowd, and look forward to next year, when we will get to see all of you again.