Get involved at your co-op

Posted on Jan 25 2019 in LaGrange County REMC

Use your voice! Run for LaGrange County REMC’s board of directors.

If you’ve been looking for a way to become more involved in the cooperative, and in turn, your community, now is the time to pick up a petition to run for a seat on our board of directors.

At this year’s LaGrange County REMC Annual Meeting on June 8, members will have the opportunity to vote for individuals to represent them for the following districts:

District 3: All of Bloomfield Township and the east portion of Clay Township, being all of Sections 1, 2, 11, 12, 14, 13, 23, 24, 25, 26, 35 and 36, as well as the northwest one-quarter of Section 3 and the east one-half of Sections 10, 15, 22, 27 and 34. See shaded box below for more information.

District 5: The east two-thirds of Johnson Township, which includes sections 1, 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 33, 34, 35 and 36, and Milford Township, excluding sections 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and the northeast one-quarter of Section 12 and the north one-half and southeast one-quarter of Section 12. Currently served by Shane Rasler.

District 6: The west one-third of Johnson Township, which includes sections 5, 6, 7, 8, 17, 18, 19, 20, 29, 30, 31 and 32, and part of Clearspring Township, which includes sections 25 and 36. Currently served by Jeff Brill.

District 7: This is the director-at-large, who can be from anywhere in the cooperative service area. Currently served by Roger Domer.

The board is composed of seven individuals who represent the membership in his or her respective districts. Directors set policy and guide the future direction of the cooperative.

Qualified members of LaGrange County REMC, who live in those districts up for election, may seek election by filing a petition with the signatures of 50 LaGrange County REMC members supporting the candidacy.

Petitions for election and other board information will be provided by the REMC. Completed petitions and biographical information must be returned to the REMC by April 8.

Qualified candidates will stand for election, with voting upon registration, at the annual meeting on Saturday, June 8, at the LaGrange County REMC headquarters.

For more information about the election process, stop by the office or contact CEO Mark Leu at 877-463-7165.

Director duties

  • Attend all regular monthly board meetings, special board meetings, committee meetings and the REMC annual meeting. Attend occasional state, regional and national meetings.
  • Represent a district, while also making decisions affecting the entire membership.
  • Read and be familiar with information and financial reports from the cooperative.
  • Determine policy guidelines for REMC daily operations.
  • Determine work plans and establish a budget.
  • Set rates and fee schedules.
  • Enter into contracts for power supply, services and goods, as well as loans for capital improvements.
  • Evaluate the performance of the cooperative and its CEO.
  • Report to our members about the financial condition of the co-op.
  • Employ communication skills to express opinion or disagreement with other directors.

With the retirement of long-time director Jeff Hampshire in January, there will be a special election for District 3’s seat at this year’s annual meeting in June. The board of directors will appoint a member to serve in the position in the interim, but members who live in the district may choose to run for election at the annual meeting.