2020 was full of tough decisions in service to Noble REMC’s members, employees and community.
While we were encouraged by the continued recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic earlier this year, too much was still undecided and unpredictable to plan and safely hold an in-person Annual Meeting and Picnic.
With safety a top priority, members voted on our board of directors by mail and the cooperative business meeting was held in front of a virtual audience June 5.
Running unopposed, all three candidates were voted into their respective positions:
- Andrew Strack will lead members in District 3,
- George Bennett will represent District 6 and
- Mark Demske will lead District 7.
The business portion of the annual meeting was held live on Facebook and focused on the current success of the REMC, while outlining the future of the cooperative.
During the meeting, Noble REMC President and CEO Ron Raypole introduced our new electric vehicle pilot program, Charge Ahead, and commented on the work still being done behind the scenes to explore whether the co-op can assist in providing broadband to its members.
His speech also focused on the co-op’s continued commitment to the local community through our Operation Round Up grant program, our annual cash back distribution and the reliability and affordability of our service.
“It has been a crazy 15 months, to say the least, as we continue to adapt while still delivering excellent customer service and safe, reliable power that you have come to expect. Even with the COVID restrictions, our employees did not miss a beat in taking care of you,” Raypole said. “We hope that you think of Noble REMC as more than your trusted energy resource, but also as a local business, who supports the community and empowers economic development. Thank you again for allowing us to serve you.”
Board Chairman Rick Robertson added that we are in solid financial shape and have worked to put a strategic plan in place, including maintaining safety as the co-op’s first priority, operating efficiently, providing competitive rates and supporting economic development.
For members who weren’t able to watch the meeting live, you can visit facebook.com/nobleremc to view the recorded business meeting. If prompted to sign up or log in, simply hit “Not Now,” and it will let you view the video.