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March 29, 2017

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2016 Board of Director Election Results

As a member of Linn County REC, you have the opportunity to vote for directors who will represent you. Members casted their vote at the annual meeting September 30th. The incumbent directors won re-election. The proposed changes to the Articles passed.

 

Election results:

District #1: Kenneth Squires, Center Point

Member since: 1959

Occupation: Farmer; I have successfully farmed for over 50 years and for the last 30 years I have operated as a family farm corporation and now operate over 1700 acres.

Activities/Organizations:

  • Secretary of Linn County REC Board
  • SPRC (Senior Pastor/parish relationship) Committee at the Alice Methodist Church
  • Linn County Corn Growers, Soybean Association


What strengths would you bring to the board if re-elected? “I am conservative, dependable, am open to listen and address issues. I continue to stay updated on changing environmental issues and on the changes that affect the cooperative. My core ethical values are honesty, responsibility, fairness, respect and compassion.”


What are your short term/long term goals? “I want to stay updated and educated on the changes affecting the distribution of electricity.

First, I want to keep Linn County REC progressive and a leader in technology. This would include expanding and continuing the use of the latest technology in our distribution system. Second, I want to continue to keep Linn County REC a leader in environmental changes and green issues. Last, is to continue keeping our members first, which includes paying capital credits and providing reliable power.”


What is the biggest issue facing the co-op today? “As a not for profit cooperative, we need to be able to continue providing the most reliable service at an affordable price.   In our economy right now, added regulations continue to increase our costs. As a co-op, we wish to keep affordable rates for our customers.”

 

District 5: Lisa Rose, Springville

Member since: 1982

Occupation: Vice President of State Solutions, Questar

Activities/Organizations:

  • Seeds of Faith Lutheran Church
  • Executive on Loan, United Way


What strengths would you bring to board if re-elected? “Large account management and expansion, client relationship management, new business development, consultative sales and marketing, motivational leadership and team management, creative and resourceful crisis management, revenue generation and profitability.”

 

What are your short term/long term goals? “In an ever changing industry it is important to stay abreast of the local, regional and national issues that are facing or could potentially face the Linn County REC. My short-term goal is to continue to build on my knowledge and to stay abreast of electric cooperative issues by 1) attending National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) courses/activities, 2) understanding local, state and national legislation and its potential impact to the REC and 3) interacting with board members of other electric cooperatives.

To work alongside other board members and the Linn County REC leadership to represent member consumers on all issues that could potentially impact the cooperative (operations, legislative, community, financial, safety, renewable energy, reliability, etc.) and to ensure that we adhere to the guiding principles of the cooperative.”

 

What is the biggest issue facing the co-op today? “The big issues continue to be reliability and affordability and need to be at the forefront of all decisions that impact the co-op and its members.”

 

2016 Election To Include Article Changes (Passed)

At this year’s annual meeting, Linn County REC members will be voting on three changes to two articles of incorporation in addition to electing two board members.  

The first proposed change is to Article IX; Directors; Section 3. The board has recommended one additional director criteria to limit board of director campaigning to cooperative publications and website.
The second proposed change is to Article IX; Directors. The board has recommended a wording change to Section 6 in order to accommodate other voting methods.

The last proposed change is to Article XV; Article Amendments. The board has recommended another wording change in order to accommodate other voting methods.  

These proposed amendments will be placed on this year’s ballot. Please note that a member voting for directors, but not voting on the Article changes counts as a NO vote for the Article changes.  If you have any questions regarding this vote, please contact Jennifer Feddersen at 377-1587 or toll free 1-800-332-5420. The proposed Article changes as they will appear on the ballot are as follows:

PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO THE ARICLES OF INCORPORATION Of Linn County Rural Electric Cooperative Association

To be consistent with Linn County Rural Electric Cooperative policy, the following amendment is recommended by the Board of Directors. The provision below is as it currently reads with suggested portion deleted with a line striking through it and with suggested additional portion underlined:

ARTICLE IX. Section 3. Qualifications.
For purposes of nominating, electing and filling vacancies to the board of directors, and to be eligible to remain a director, the following eligibility requirements shall apply: the individual (1) must be a bona fide resident of the district for which he or she is nominated, (2) must hold membership in the Cooperative for at least one year, (3) must be receiving electric service from the Cooperative at the location where he or she resides, (4) must not be in any way employed by or extensively financially interested in a competing enterprise or business selling electric energy or electrical supplies to the Cooperative, or a business primarily engaged in selling electrical or plumbing appliances, fixtures or supplies to the members of the Cooperative, and (5) in the case of a joint membership, either one but not both may serve as director at any given time, and both joint members must meet all of the other qualifications set forth herein (6) must not be so closely related to any Cooperative employee so as to violate the Cooperative’s Employement of Relatives Policy EP-11, (7) must not be a current or former employee of the Cooperative, and (8) shall not be a convicted felon and (9) shall only campaign through the Cooperative’s publications and website candidate biography. Notwithstanding these eligibility requirements, nothing in this section shall, or shall be construed to, affect in any manner whatsoever the validity of any action taken at any meeting of the board of directors.

As the provision would read after the Board recommended amendment is approved by the membership:

ARTICLE IX. Section 3. Qualifications. For purposes of nominating, electing and filling vacancies to the board of directors, and to be eligible to remain a director, the following eligibility requirements shall apply: the individual (1) must be a bona fide resident of the district for which he or she is nominated, (2) must hold membership in the Cooperative for at least one year, (3) must be receiving electric service from the Cooperative at the location where he or she resides, (4) must not be in any way employed by or extensively financially interested in a competing enterprise or business selling electric energy or electrical supplies to the Cooperative, or a business primarily engaged in selling electrical or plumbing appliances, fixtures or supplies to the members of the Cooperative, and (5) in the case of a joint membership, either one but not both may serve as director at any given time, and both joint members must meet all of the other qualifications set forth herein (6) must not be so closely related to any Cooperative employee so as to violate the Cooperative’s Employment of Relatives Policy EP-11, (7) must not be a current or former employee of the Cooperative, (8) shall not be a convicted felon and (9) shall only campaign through the Cooperative’s publications and website candidate biography. Notwithstanding these eligibility requirements, nothing in this section shall, or shall be construed to, affect in any manner whatsoever the validity of any action taken at any meeting of the board of directors.

To be consistent with Linn County Rural Electric Cooperative policy, the following amendment is recommended by the Board of Directors. The provision below is as it currently reads with suggested portion deleted with a line striking through it and with suggested additional portion underlined:

Section 6. Ballots. A ballot marked “Ballot for Directors” containing the names of all the nominees so posted, arranged by districts and alphabetically within such districts and stating the residence of each, shall be mailed with the notice of the meeting. The Secretary shall also mail with the notice of the meeting a statement of the number of directors to be elected, and showing separately the nominations made by the committee on nominations and the nominations made by petition. Such statement of the Secretary shall also inform the members of the manner in which they may vote by mail for directors as provided in this section. Any member who is absent from any such meeting may vote according to said statement by mail for directors by marking on the ballot an “X” opposite the name of one candidate from each district for which a director is to be elected, and submitting enclosing the ballot according to said statement in a sealed envelope bearing that member’s name, addressed to the Secretary of the Cooperative. If two persons hold a joint membership and are absent from any such meeting they may vote the same as an individual by mail for directors by jointly marking and submitting enclosing the ballot as provided above. When such ballot so enclosed is received by mail from any absent member it shall be accepted and counted as a vote for directors by ballot of such absent member at such meeting. The provisions of this section regarding mail ballots shall not apply in the case of removal of one or more directors as provided in Section 8 of this Article IX.

As the provision would read after the Board recommended amendment is approved by the membership:

Section 6. Ballots. A ballot marked “Ballot for Directors” containing the names of all the nominees so posted, arranged by districts and alphabetically within such districts and stating the residence of each, shall be mailed with the notice of the meeting. The Secretary shall also mail with the notice of the meeting a statement of the number of directors to be elected, and showing separately the nominations made by the committee on nominations and the nominations made by petition. Such statement of the Secretary shall also inform the members of the manner in which they may vote for directors as provided in this section. Any member who is absent from any such meeting may vote according to said statement for directors by marking on the ballot opposite the name of one candidate from each district for which a director is to be elected, and submitting the ballot according to said statement. If two persons hold a joint membership and are absent from any such meeting they may vote the same as an individual by jointly marking and submitting the ballot as provided above. When such ballot is received from any absent member it shall be accepted and counted as a vote for directors by ballot of such absent member at such meeting.

To be consistent with Linn County Rural Electric Cooperative policy, the following amendment is recommended by the Board of Directors. The provision below is as it currently reads with suggested portion deleted with a line striking through it and with suggested additional portion underlined:

Article XV. Article Amendments.

These articles may be amended by a vote of sixty-six and two-thirds percent (66 2/3%) of the members present, or represented by mailed ballots, at any annual meeting or any special meeting called for that purpose or represented by a vote submitted by an absentee member for said meeting pursuant to the Bylaws, provided that at least ten (10) days before said meeting a copy of the proposed amendment(s) or summary thereof shall be sent to all members.

As the provision would read after the Board recommended amendment is approved by the membership:

Article XV. Article Amendments. These articles may be amended by a vote of sixty-six and two-thirds percent (66 2/3%) of the members present at any annual meeting or any special meeting called for that purpose or represented by a vote submitted by an absentee member for said meeting pursuant to the Bylaws, provided that at least ten (10) days before said meeting a copy of the proposed amendment(s) or summary thereof shall be sent to all members.

 

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