Manager’s Message — November 2021

Public Power—You Have a Voice

Dear Co-op Community Members:

Debi WilsonPublic power is near and dear to my heart. Being a member of Lane Electric Cooperative is more than a light switch and electric wires running to your home; we are a locally controlled not-for-profit electric utility. Beyond those electric wires serving your home, we are a part of the local community, serving as members on the local Chamber of Commerce, giving back to youth programs, and donating to local food pantries. Our service takes dedication and involvement from you, our members.

Maybe a position on the board of directors is not for you, but you have considered giving back to your community. Lane Electric has three committees that review and provide insight to the board of directors. If you have thought about giving back to your community and local utility, one of these committees may be for you!

Elections & Credentials Committee

The Elections and Credentials Committee establishes and approves the way member registration and voting is conducted. The committee counts ballots, announces winners, and passes on member eligibility questions to vote or run for the board. They also oversee any ballots irregularly or indecisively marked, and election conduct by candidates and advocates.

This is a three-to-seven-member committee.

Nominating Committee

The Nominating Committee must nominate one or more qualified members for election as director for each vacancy to be filled at the annual meeting. The committee provides candidates with information on general director duties, continuing qualification and education requirements, and time commitment. There is no predetermined process for the committee to follow when deciding on a slate of candidates, which may or may not include any incumbent. This committee helps identify people who can help and lead the cooperative.

This is a five-to-eleven-member committee.

Scholarship Committee

Each year, Lane Electric offers $20,000 in scholarships to help its members begin their college journeys or return to school to seek new careers. This committee extends invitations to schools and students to submit applications for any of the five Lane Electric scholarships, reviews the applications, and selects recipients.

Members of each of these committees are appointed by the board of directors and serve three-year terms.

If one of these committees sounds like a great fit for you, please reach out with questions or apply for a position by emailing Lane Electric. I can’t wait to meet you and listen to your ideas and insight. Thank you for your consideration in being an integral piece of your utility!


Debi Wilson