It’s finally here! It’s time to vote for your board of directors and mark your calendars for the Noble REMC Annual Meeting.
How to Vote
All Noble REMC members will receive a paper ballot in the mail about mid-May, where you will mark your vote, approve your 2022 Annual Meeting minutes, tear off the ballot on the perforation and send it back in the prepaid return envelope.
Feel free to keep your pen handy to mark your choices and send it right back to us, or wait to mail back your ballot until after you’ve met your board of director candidates at the Member Appreciation Event June 1.
Ballots must be postmarked by June 7 to be counted in this year’s election.
NOTE: Please do not include any bill payments in the prepaid return envelope. We understand it’s tempting with the free postage, but these will not be opened until our credentialed ballot committee meets in June to tally the votes, making your payment late if included. Instead, call our secure pay line or pay through SmartHub, which are both free options to you and available right from your home.
Meet Your Candidates
Bill Knox, facilities director for East Noble School Corp., currently represents District 4 and serves as treasurer of the board. He also represents Noble REMC on the Indiana Electric Cooperatives’ board of directors. A Corunna resident, Knox was first elected in 2011.
He is a 40-year member of the Knights of Columbus and has assisted with the East Noble High School football program for 23 years.
Why does he want to serve on the REMC Board of Directors?
“I like the idea that I can offer something back to my community. As a customer of Noble REMC, I can have a direct impact and see and know how things are done.”
A detective with the Noble County Sheriff’s Department, Joe Hutsell of Ligonier was elected to represent District 5 in 2020.
He is currently a member of Stone’s Hill Church, Cromwell Masonic Lodge #705, Fort Wayne Scottish Rite, Mizpah Shriners, Land of Lakes Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 126 and the Indiana School Board Association.
What most qualifies him to represent District 5?
“I have served as a director for the past three years for District 5. While serving on the board of directors, I have had the opportunity to take many hours of training to help assist me in making decisions in the best interests of both Noble REMC members and the co-op. It has been a privilege serving the public for most of my adult life, which in turn prepared me for the commitment in bringing affordable electricity for Noble REMC members.”
Larry Ott, an Avilla farmer and Smith-Green Community Schools bus driver, has represented District 9 for six years.
He is an active member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and National Beef Cattle Association, as well as the Chianina, Maine-Anjou and Simmental cattle associations.
What most qualifies him to represent District 9?
“I enjoy the challenge of working with the CEO and other directors to help identify our ever-changing local, state and national energy needs. Through the many training sessions I’ve attended over the last six years, I bring a more informed opinion on emerging issues and ideas to help our community prepare for our future.”
Noble REMC’s Annual Meeting will be broadcast on our Facebook (facebook.com/nobleremc) and YouTube (youtube.com/nobleremc) channels at 5 p.m. on June 14. This is where we will discuss the state of the cooperative, as well as announce the winners of the board of directors’ election.