Three Director Positions Open for Election

Yes … You, as a member-owner, can be a director!

Here’s how:

The grassroots participation in nominating and electing directors is one of the most important powers that you, the members, have in controlling your cooperative – Arrowhead Electric Cooperative, Inc.

This year the three-year term of District three (3), District six (6), and District seven (7) will have elections at the 2010 Annual Meeting scheduled to be held Saturday, June 19th  at St. John’s Catholic Church fellowship hall in Grand Marais. District three (3) is Gunflint Trail, District six (6) is Lutsen and District seven (7) is Tofte. The current directors in District 3 and 6 have exhausted their terms and are ineligible to run again. The current District 7 director has indicated he will run again.

To qualify as a director candidate you must:

  • Be a member in good standing receiving electric service from Arrowhead Electric Cooperative, Inc.
  • Live within the district from which the director is to be elected.
  • Have been a member of the cooperative for at least one (1) year.
  • Not a close relative of an employee.
  • Not a convicted felon.
  • Does not have a conflict of interest, financial or otherwise, with the cooperative.

What are the responsibilities of a director?

  • Hiring a CEO/General Manager.
  • Approving policies and policy revisions.
  • Approving rates.
  • Reviewing and approving operating budgets and work plans.
  • Strategic planning.
  • Approving various loans and contracts.

Monthly board meetings are held the last Thursday of each month beginning at 9 a.m with the exception of November and December due to the holiday season.

Members living in districts 3, 6 or 7 who are interested in being considered for nomination or if you know a member whom you believe would be a qualified candidate, please contact a member of the Nominating Committee.

The Nominating Committee for 2010 is as follows:

District 1    Hovland-Grand Portage – Mary Petz – 475-2500

District 2    Maple Hill-Colvill – Burt Carlsted-Gillis 218-387-9502

District 3.  Gunflint Trail – Fred Smith – 388-0613

District 4    Rosebush-Devils Track – Eleanor Waha- 387-1667

District 5    Pike Lake-Cascade – Nancy Daley – 387-9508

District 6.  Lutsen – Pam McDougall – 663-7068

District 7.  Tofte – Carol Tveekrem – 663-8109

Tuesday, April 6th at 7:00 p.m., the nominating committee will meet and nominate candidates for the director positions.

Any 10% or more of the members in any district up for election may make other nominations in writing over their signatures not less than forty (40) days prior to the Annual Meeting.  Director candidates may only be nominated by the committee or by petition.  Voting will take place by mail and at the annual meeting.  The director candidate receiving the highest vote for each District will serve on the board of directors for the next three years.

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