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Resolutions in Regionals Spotlight

By Todd H. Cunningham | ECT Staff Writer Published: August 20th, 2012

Labor Day is on the horizon, and NRECA’s regional meetings aren’t far behind.

NRECA’s 2012 schedule of regional meetings will kick off in Cincinnati shortly after Labor Day. (Photo By: Michael W. Kahn)

NRECA’s 2012 schedule of regional meetings will kick off in Cincinnati shortly after Labor Day. (Photo By: Michael W. Kahn)

This year’s slate, which begins Sept. 6 with the Regions 1 and 4 meeting in Cincinnati, will mark the debut of NRECA’s revised resolutions process. The process, which provides policy guidance to the association, has been modified to reflect the recommendations of a team of co-op managers and directors. The modification was approved by NRECA’s board.

With the shift, a policy briefing on proposed resolutions, as well as the Resolutions Committee meeting, with its discussion of key policy issues, has been incorporated into the opening general session.

The goal “is to sharpen our focus on the challenges before us and to deepen our knowledge about the decisions we need to make in order to keep our co-ops relevant and robust for the members,” noted NRECA CEO Glenn English.

“The more we participate in and learn about current issues—and the resolutions they engender—the better we can engage with our members,” he added.

With the schedule shift, “We are primed for active member participation,” agreed Tracey Steiner, NRECA vice president of education & training. “This change to the regional meetings exemplifies the cooperative principles of democracy, member participation and education.”

In addition to the resolutions element, general sessions will feature addresses by English and NRECA President Mike Guidry as well as presentations on rural broadband, cyber security and new grassroots initiatives.

The regional get-togethers also include the Regions 5 and 6 meeting in Minneapolis, Sept. 19-20; Regions 2 and 3 in Atlanta, Oct. 3-4; Regions 7 and 9 in Salt Lake City, Oct. 10-11; and Regions 8 and 10 in New Orleans, Oct. 18-19. Each is preceded by a day of director education courses.

 Registration for the regional meetings is now available through cooperative.com, and registered users may click here for access.

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