One of the cooperative business functions that sets Pella Cooperative Electric apart from municipal or investor-owned utilities is the co-op's Board of Directors. These men and women are voted on by the membership, and they guide and govern the co-op.
Two positions on Pella Cooperative Electric’s Board of Directors are up for election at the 2021 Annual Meeting.
Any members who have ever considered serving on a board and would be interested in helping drive the direction of your cooperative, consider running for a director’s seat.
All PCEA board terms are three years. Currently, District 2 represented by Darrell Boot and an At-Large position filled by Carroll Hoksbergen, will be on the ballot.
District 2 represents members to the north and northeast portions of the service territory and the At-Large position represents the entire service territory. Click here to see a map of the districts.
The current board has assembled a nominating committee that will help identify qualified candidates interested in putting their name on the ballot. Any member who can get more than 50 signatures can petition their name to be on the ballot as described in the PCEA Bylaws, Article III, Section 3:
“Any fifty (50) or more member-consumers may make other nominations in writing over their signatures not less than thirty-five (35) days prior to the meeting at which the directors are to be elected, and the Secretary shall post the same at the same place where the list of nominations made by the committee is posted; such nominations made by such member-consumers to be subject to the same qualifications, district and residence requirements as nominations by the Nominating Committee heretofore prescribed.”
The 2021 Nominating Committee has been selected and began recruiting interest for director candidates to fill two board positions whose terms expire at the 2021 Annual Meeting.
Thank you to these members for their willingness to serve: Darren Boot, Steve Dykstra, Eric Harsin, Jim O'Halloran, Wade Puyear, Carl Van Zee, Maury Van Der Wilt, Kim Vande Voort, and Craig Zylstra.
The Nominating Committee considers the points listed below when reviewing qualifications for candidates. View the full requirements in the co-op's ByLaws here. Any person, to become and remain a Director of the Cooperative, shall, among other things:
1. Comply with applicable requirements of law, the Cooperative’s Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws, the Cooperative’s duly adopted policies, and the Cooperative’s duly made decisions;
2. Assume a fiduciary duty to act, in good faith, in the best interests of the Cooperative and its member-consumers;
3. Be loyal to the Cooperative and not have conflicting commercial or personal interests;
4. Possess the minimum knowledge and skills necessary to manage the affairs of the Cooperative;
5. Be willing to devote such time and effort to the duties of a Director as may be necessary to manage the Cooperative’s affairs;
6. Be able to represent the entire membership on an impartial basis;
7. Be willing and able to attend regularly scheduled and special meetings of the Board of Directors, national, state, and other meetings of organizations with associated interests that further the Cooperative movement; training institutes or seminars which will aid in keeping him/her well informed on matters affecting the Cooperative; and
8. Not use, or cause to be used, his/her position as Director to further any political or business ambition.
The Board of Directors serves as a voice for the co-op membership, and each position is critical in governing and maintaining a stable and successful organization. Look for more information in the near future about voting in 2021.