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2020 TFC Annual Meeting is going virtual

Co-op Auction Barn to offer online bidding
By Allison Farley 11/18/2020

COVID-19 continues to change the way we live and work. Because of the virus, Tennessee Farmers Cooperative will conduct its 2020 annual meeting virtually to safeguard the health and well being of everyone involved and mitigate risk of exposure.

“This was not an easy decision to make,” says Bart Krisle, TFC chief executive officer. “But TFC board and management agree it makes the most sense for 2020.”

The TFC “Virtual Experience” Annual Meeting will be held on Dec. 15 at 9 a.m. CST on the Broadridge platform. Full instructions for how to participate will be distributed to member managers who will share them with member Co-op directors.

TFC Board Chairman Mark Thompson and Chief Executive Officer Bart Krisle will host the meeting to share financial results and report on the year’s business highlights. Zone director election results will also be ratified during the session.

While this will not be a traditional annual meeting, TFC will still host the Co-op Auction Barn that has proven so popular the last three years and provided extra funds to the state’s 4-H and FFA programs. Last year, the event raised almost $18,000 for the youth programs. This year’s Co-op Auction Barn will be conducted virtually from Nov. 27 through Dec. 11 at 7 p.m. CST on

www.COOP.gesture.com. Those interested in bidding should visit https://e.givesmart.com/events/iR/signUp/ to create an account.  Starting Nov. 27, sign up to bid by texting COOP to 76278.

Once a bid is placed on an item, the bidder will receive a text message each time he or she is outbid. Automatic bidding is also available. All registered bidders will receive a text message before the auction closes so they can revisit the items in which they were most interested. At the close of the auction, every time someone bids on an item, the auction will extend for five more minutes until no one bids for a full five minutes. After five minutes without a new bid, the high bidder of each item will receive a cart link via text to pay by credit card immediately following the sale as well as an invoice by email. Bidders then pay via check or credit card via smartauctions.com.

“We’re excited to open the auction to a greater number of potential bidders through this platform,” says Jimmy Ogilvie, TFC sales and event manager. “This is a great way for everyone to support these worthy youth organizations.”

We encourage you to check out this auction to help raise funds for Tennessee’s FFA and 4-H programs. If you have questions on how to bid, please reach out to Jimmy Ogilvie at jogilvie@ourcoop.com. If you are a local

Co-op board member with questions regarding the 2020 TFC Virtual Experience Annual Meeting, please reach out to your local manager or regional TFC manager.

 
 
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