I own stock in over 30 companies and have never once attended a shareholders meeting. Sure, I’ve sent in my proxy votes on a few here and there but that’s about it. I’ve never really seen any value in physically attending the meeting.
But last Christmas, my wife purchased exactly one share of stock in the Green Bay Packers for me. It has no real value, pays no dividends and cannot be sold to anyone else. But it does give me the right to attend the shareholders meeting.
I know, I know. I don’t attend shareholders meetings, right? Well, this one’s a bit different. For starters, the meeting isn’t held in a boring meeting room. It’s held at Lambeau Field. And if you know anything about the Green Bay Packers, Lambeau Field isn’t exactly easy to get into (as of January of this year, the Packers have over 96,000 people on the season ticket waiting list).
And I have yet to ever attend an event at Lambeau Field that didn’t have thousands of tailgaters camped outside having fun, throwing a football around and grilling brats.
Unfortunately for me, this whole experience will have to wait one more year because I will already be somewhere else on the day of this year’s meeting.
[pause for sympathetic feelings towards me… thank you]
But I’m not totally out of the woods. Would you believe the Green Bay Packers are going to webcast the entire meeting over the Internet? That’s right, I have my own shareholder username and password all ready to go. And depending on my schedule, I hope to be able to catch at least part of it.
I know I have Wisconsin friends who read my blog. Are any of you shareholders? Are you attending the meeting (either physically or by webcast)? How about the rest of you? Do you think I’m crazy for wanting to attend a shareholders meeting this badly? Leave a comment below and let me know!