NRECA Board Adds to Annual MeetingsBy Steven Johnson | ECT Staff Writer Published: June 24th, 2011
The NRECA Board of Directors finished up a busy summer meeting June 22, after voting to restore general sessions, educational forums, director training and other related events to some of the association’s future annual meetings.
Meeting at NRECA headquarters in Arlington, Va., the board rescinded a two-year-old resolution that provided for streamlining and shortening some annual meetings.
Under the old resolution, adopted in June 2009, the annual meeting in 2014 and every other year thereafter would have consisted only of a business meeting and other meetings required by law, NRECA bylaws, the NRECA Board or the NRECA CEO.
In discussing the meetings, several board members said directors at their home co-ops favor comprehensive annual meetings with general sessions that could build unity within the cooperative network.
Board members also said they see value in holding larger annual meetings in conjunction with the annual meetings of affiliated organizations, such as the National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corp., the National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative and Federated Rural Electric Insurance Exchange.
The annual meeting format decision, recommended by the Education, Research and Technology Committee, was one of the highlights of the three-day summer meeting.
Board members met with NRECA staffers, reviewed committee reports and assessed progress on resolutions adopted by the membership.
“I have a great deal of respect for what you’ve accomplished and how hard you’ve worked,” said NRECA President Michael J. Guidry, who presided over his first meeting since his election to the presidency at the board meeting in March.
On another matter, the board approved a resolution recommended by the Legislative and Advocacy Committee that emphasizes participation in the ACRE® CEO Academy by system managers.
Increasing involvement in the academy is designed to help managers become more acquainted with political and public policy issues that they are likely to confront on the job.
“What we’re seeing is that a growing responsibility of CEO leadership is now in the political arena,” said NRECA CEO Glenn English.