2019 Director Elections on the Horizon

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Alger Delta Cooperative will be holding elections in three of its nine Districts in 2019. Districts 1 (Big Bay); 6 (Nathan/White Rapids); and 9 (Hiawatha/Maple Ridge) will elect a representative to the board of directors. Elections will be held via mail ballot over a 30-day period beginning in late April and ending in May.

Serving on the board of directors is both time-consuming and rewarding. Any member interested in running for the board, should be aware of the qualifications and responsibilities associated with the position. 

To qualify, a person must be a member of the cooperative and take electric services in the District they seek to represent. They must be 18 years old; they must not be employed by or have a financial interest in, a competing business. Candidates must complete and submit a nomination petition. 

Directors are charged with the responsibility of strategic planning, exercising fiduciary responsibility, setting policy and direction, governance and other duties relating to a non-profit corporation. Board members are expected to prepare for and attend the monthly board meetings that are held on the third Wednesday of each month at the cooperative's office in Gladstone, Michigan. Directors are also required to attend the Annual Meeting in June. 

Board members are assigned to serve on a least one committee. The cooperatives' standing committees include the Policy Committee, the Employee Relations Committee, the Finance & Rates Committee and the Executive Committee. 

In addition to the regular board meetings and committees, directors are scheduled to participate in state, regional, and national events related to the electric business. These meetings may be business or training related or political. They often require advanced preparation, such as reading briefing materials or researching issues. These meetings may range from one half-day to five days for travel and participation. Directors are encouraged to complete Credentialed Cooperative Director (CCD) training within their first, three-year term on the board. Finally, directors are required to represent Alger Delta in their community and elsewhere, which sometimes includes making public presentations. 

Directors are elected for a term of three years. Directors are paid $350 per day when attending to Alger Delta business, plus reasonable and customary expense reimbursement.