Are you ready to serve?

Posted on Mar 04 2022 in Decatur County REMC, General

Brett Abplanalp

In one of the most notable inaugural speeches given, John F. Kennedy spoke his famous words, “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” His inspiring words urged Americans to take actions that benefited the greater good. In essence, Kennedy was saying our country thrives when we all contribute our talents to the common good. 

On a smaller scale, I think the same can be said about our co-op, specifically with regard to our board of directors. Decatur County REMC’s board represents a wide range of skill sets including farmers and agricultural professionals, financial professionals, educators, and business owners. We rely on their many talents to help us make informed decisions on long-term priorities and investments. Our directors live right here in the co-op’s service area, and we consider them the eyes and ears of the community because they provide their perspective on important community issues. 

We recognize it takes many people with different skills to create a well-rounded board that can represent the full spectrum of our community. That’s why when we’re seeking new directors, we want folks with diverse perspectives, experience, expertise and views. We’re seeking local members of our community who can apply their unique talents to benefit all our friends and neighbors. But above all else, we’re looking for folks who love our community and want to see it thrive now and in the future. 

What does it mean to serve on the board? Serving on DCREMC’s board means you’re making a difference locally, using your individual talents and perspective to guide big decisions about the co-op that in turn benefit the larger community. While day-to-day decisions are made by co-op staff, major decisions are made by the board, whose mission is to look out for the vitality of the co-op and the community it serves. On a granular level, DCREMC board members typically provide input and guidance on: 

  • Budgets
  • Co-op goals and direction
  • Capital investments 
  • Renewable investments and energy mix
  • Co-op’s role and involvement in economic development

The energy industry is undergoing a major transition. Technology advancements and increased consumer preference for more renewable energy and programs and services that provide value is driving change. DCREMC is facing big decisions, and board members have an opportunity to help chart a course for our future. To serve the community best, we need input from a wide range of people that represent the broad spectrum of views within the community. 

Opportunity to serve. DCREMC’s board elections will be held May 16-June 17. Districts 1 and 2 are seeking candidates for director elections. While you don’t need to be an expert in electricity or business to run, you do need to have a passion for the community and a willingness to actively serve and learn. We’re looking for individuals who can represent the full gamut of the members we serve. Our board meets on a regular basis, and we offer specialized training opportunities to help board members make informed decisions. Board members gain a deeper understanding of the electric utility industry, the cooperative business model and local economic development efforts. 

Ultimately, our board is the community pulse for the co-op and helps keep us on the right track. We love our community and want to help it thrive. If you share the same commitment and want to contribute to the greater good in a tangible way, I hope you’ll consider running for a board position. 

To learn more about DCREMC’s director election process and 2022 details, please visit or call the office at 812-663-3391.

DCREMC District Map
Decatur County REMC District Map