Message to Shareholders
A Dynamic Force, the theme for this year’s annual meeting, highlights the way Doyon operates, our workforce and who we are at our core. Doyon’s employees hosted another successful annual meeting of shareholders on March 17 in Fairbanks. We celebrated our 2017 Shareholder of the Year award recipients, Eileen “Julia” Mahler, Citizen of the Year; Tristan Jovan Madros, Chief Andrew Isaac Leadership awardee; and Kelly Shewfelt-Turner, Richard Frank Military Service awardee. You can read more about these deserving individuals in a subsequent article in this newsletter.
It was our honor to have keynote speakers Krysten Walker and Martin Sensmeier. Individually, they shared what Doyon means to them, the hard work and dedication it takes to achieve goals, and the importance of involvement. I think we learned something and were inspired by their messages. You can learn more about Krysten and Martin in an article later in this newsletter.
Our quorum was 57.25 percent. This was disappointing because it was more than 2 percent lower than our final results last year. Staff will analyze the results to determine what can be done to increase the quorum number for next year. Thank you to all who voted. Re-elected to the board were Georgianna Lincoln, Esther McCarty, Pollack “PJ” Simon, Jr. and Orie G. Williams. Past board member, Shirley Cleaver, was elected to re-join the Doyon board of directors. We also said goodbye to long-time board member, Victor Nicholas, and want to thank him for his years of service to Doyon and our shareholders. I look forward to another successful year of working with and implementing the direction of the board.
Doyon continues to manage the challenges resulting from the state’s fiscal environment. Alaska’s Legislature continues the critical task of coming up with a comprehensive, long-term and sustainable fiscal plan. We are continuing to monitor progress in Juneau. You are encouraged to contact your representatives and express your ideas and concerns to them.
Finally, Doyon was named the 2016 Community Champion of the Year at the Arctic Indigenous Investment Conference in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory of Canada in February, mainly for our Doyon Leadership Training program and work preserving Athabascan languages. We’re proud of this recognition for the work we do to grow our leaders and to preserve our languages.
As always, thank you for your continued support of Doyon and its employees.
Aaron M. Schutt