NRECA Board Winds Up Summer SessionBy Steven Johnson | ECT Staff Writer Published: July 1st, 2013
The revamped member resolutions process was on display during the summer meeting of the NRECA Board of Directors, as the new National Resolutions Committee kicked off the 2013 cycle.
After reviewing 22 proposals submitted from across the country, the committee forwarded three to the board, including management recommendations for the NRECA Retirement Security Plan and ACRE®, the NRECA political action committee.
The committee also voted to forward several public policy resolutions for discussion at the upcoming regional meetings. The proposed resolutions include federal emergency reimbursements, the indirect costs of environmental litigation and impact of the Columbia River Treaty on power rates in the Northwest.
NRECA President Curtis Nolan said he was impressed with the work of the National Resolutions Committee, which met June 21 at the association’s headquarters in Arlington, Va., in advance of the board’s meetings.
“They did great work,” said Nolan, who sat in on the meetings. “They’re really a well-balanced committee.”
Resolutions not forwarded to the regional meetings will be included with an explanation in the committee’s report. The document will be available on cooperative.com (password required) and distributed to NRECA voting delegates.
The committee, composed of one member from each NRECA region, replaced the former Issues Committee as part of a formal overhaul in 2012, when voting delegates to the NRECA annual meeting approved changes to the association’s bylaws.
BOARD LOOKS AT STRATEGIC GOALS
During its meeting, which ran June 24-27, the board heard from several speakers, reviewed association operations and initiatives, and set a course for the regional meetings that will kick off Sept. 5 in Norfolk, Va.
NRECA CEO Jo Ann Emerson updated the board on a strategic vision for the association, and how it will be implemented through specific action items. “I think over the next couple of years, we’re going to tackle some projects that are very exciting,” she said.
The strategic goals will help co-ops better serve their members and tell the co-op story to a broad audience, she added.
Shirley Bloomfield, chief executive officer of the National Telecommunications Cooperative Association, told the board that NTCA will continue to work with NRECA on improving telecom services in rural areas.
The president of the National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corp. gave the board an overview of CFC’s financial health and growth strategies. Burns Mercer, who also is CEO of Meade County RECC, Brandenburg, Ky., thanked the NRECA government relations team for its work on Dodd-Frank financial reform legislation.
John Padalino, recently sworn in as administrator of the Rural Utilities Service, said he views electric co-ops as an essential part of curbing a population decline that has seen many young people abandon their rural upbringings.
“As leaders of rural America, we want to show the young men and women from our communities the future. We have to show them new options, ideas. We have to show them innovation,” he said.
The board also approved a resolution from its International Committee to strengthen the NRECA International Foundation. An additional budget allocation will be used to support a new director of development, according to the resolution.