In one of the most notable inaugural speeches given, John F. Kennedy said 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 our board members. Jay County REMC’s board members are community-minded individuals with a variety of skill sets. Our board is made up of farmers, business owners, and community members. We rely on their 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 issues.
We recognize it takes many people with different skills to create a well-rounded board that represents 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. 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 Jay County REMC’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, Jay County REMC’s board members typically provide input and guidance on:
- Co-op goals and direction
- Co-op’s community/charitable contributions
- Capital investments and upgrades in equipment and technology
- 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 is driving change. Jay County REMC 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 who represent the broad spectrum of views within community.
Opportunity to serve
Jay County REMC’s board elections will be held in July, but if you are interested in running you will need to pick up your petition packet this month. The packets will be available at our office beginning March 1 and must be returned by 4 p.m. on April 7.
While you don’t need to be an expert in electricity or have a business to run, you do need to have a passion for the community and a willingness to actively serve and learn. Our board meets once a month, 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. 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 Jay County REMC’s director election process and 2022 details, please visit jayremc.com.