Be part of your cooperative

Posted on Jan 26 2018 in Noble REMC

Ron Raypole

Noble Rural Electric Membership Corporation is a cooperative owned by the people it serves. When the REMC was founded in 1936, its bylaws established a board of directors and its duties. The board is made up of nine consumer-owners (members). Three directors will be elected to three-year terms at Noble REMC’s annual meeting/picnic on June 2.

The board of directors election process is underway. Any Noble REMC member (whose name appears on the REMC electric bill) may seek a position on the board of directors if the district in which he/she lives is up for election. Director elections are open to all members, regardless of race, sex or creed. The following districts are up for election.

District 3: Wayne Township in Noble County and that part of Milford Township in LaGrange County. Currently being served by Andy Strack.

District 6: Jefferson and Albion townships in Noble County. Currently being served by Steve Kirkpatrick. (Kirkpatrick will not be seeking re-election.)

District 7: Allen and Swan townships in Noble County. Currently being served by Robert Marshall. (Marshall will not be seeking re-election.)

A packet of information is available for anyone seeking a Noble REMC board of directors position. The packet includes a petition on which signatures of 15 Noble REMC members must be obtained.

Completed petitions must be returned to the REMC for verification no later than April 2.

To pick up a packet, please stop by our office during normal business hours, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information, call us at 800-933-7362.


Director duties

The following is a list of duties for a Noble REMC director:

  • Attend all regular monthly board meetings, special board meetings, committee meetings and the Noble REMC Annual Meeting.
  • Attend occasional state, regional and national meetings.
  • Represent a district, but be responsible for decisions affecting the entire membership. Directors should work together with the entire board.
  • Read and be familiar with information and financial reports from the cooperative.
  • Determine policy guidelines for the daily operations of the REMC.
  • Determine work plans and establish a budget.
  • Set rates and fee schedules.
  • Enter into contracts for power supply, services and goods, and loans for capital improvements.
  • Employ a chief executive officer (CEO) to oversee the day-to-day operations of the cooperative.
  • Evaluate the performance of Noble REMC and the CEO.
  • Report to you, the member, about the financial condition of the cooperative.
  • Must have the self confidence and communication skills to express his/her opinion or disagreement with other directors.

For complete requirements, refer to the board candidate packet available at the Noble REMC office.