The PJM Annual Meeting of Members is held each year in May and is composed of numerous meetings (Transmission Owners, General Session, PIEOUG, etc.) and events. The primary purpose of the Annual Meeting is for selecting a person to fill the seat of a Board Member whose term is expiring. This election takes place at the Members Committee (MC) Meeting. The MC meeting is open to the public, however, all other Annual Meeting events are for PJM members only.
In keeping with the elitist theme, this year's event will be held at The Greenbrier, the closest thing West Virginia has to a high-society hangout. The Greenbrier clings ferociously to another age when ladies didn't wear their jammies out grocery shopping, and no one had ever heard of Buckwild. In keeping with protocol at all surviving hob-nob snob clubs, if The Greenbrier doesn't acknowledge it, it doesn't exist or never happened. It's just that simple for the beau monde to keep their lives pleasant!
At PJM's "annual meeting," generous "sponsors" have made it possible for club members to enjoy "recreational activities." Of course, there will be no subornation occurring on the golf course, at the falconry mews, or while shooting sporting clays. Perish the thought! It means NOTHING that certain corporations will be paying up to $20,000 for the privilege of "sponsoring" this private party. Look away, little consumer, look away....
But don't think it's all fun and games for our creme de la creme though! Our superiors are faced with an enormous dilemma. The Greenbrier has a strict dress code by which they must abide. "Tee shirts, tank tops, cut-offs, short shorts, sweatpants, men’s hats and baseball caps are not permitted at any of the venues"...EVER! But what about spandex and informal leather attire? Is that allowed? Oh, the social agony of wardrobe selection at PJM's annual meeting!
Appropriate attire for the specific recreational activity is required. Jeans are considered appropriate only for horse-back riding, carriage rides, hiking, fishing, mountain biking, hunting preserve, Falconry Academy, gun club, The Greenbrier Off-Road Driving School and at designated theme parties.
Robes and swimwear may not be worn outside of guest rooms with the exception of the swimming pools and spa. The Greenbrier Dress Code must be strictly enforced to ensure the greater enjoyment of all guests.
At least the private meetings are more of a sure bet, where "Resort Casual" attire will ensure a more relaxed, "fun" camaraderie prevails.
Resort casual attire: Collared sports shirts, golf and/or tennis sweaters, shirts or blouses, slacks, walking shorts, Bermuda shorts, golf and/or tennis shorts and shoes.
I wonder what would happen if the great unwashed, who are footing the bill for this absurd nonsense, showed up with torches and pitchforks and made a ruckus? How "transparent" would that be?