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How to Run for the Board of Directors

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Directors Can Be Nominated in Two Ways, But Not from the Floor at the Meeting. The Bylaws set up a mechanism for a nominating committee, which shall not include current members of the board of directors. Only a Class A member is eligible to serve on the board, as well as vote. Class A members are those who purchase electricity from the co-op.

That nominating committee is appointed not less than 90 days or more than 210 days before the Annual Meeting, and its nominations are to be posted in the office at least 45 days before the meeting.

Directors Can Be Nominated in Two Ways, But Not from the Floor at the Meeting.

The Bylaws set up a mechanism for a nominating committee, which shall not include current members of the board of directors. Only a Class A member is eligible to serve on the board, as well as vote. Class A members are those who purchase electricity from the co-op. That nominating committee is appointed not less than 90 days or more than 210 days before the Annual Meeting, and its nominations are to be posted in the office at least 45 days before the meeting.

What Do Directors Do? What Do They Get For It?

Together, Illinois Electric and its subsidiary, IRTC, are a $147,230,000 business, which supplies electricity and internet service to about 16,570 accounts in all or part of 10 counties. There are 53
full-time employees and two part-time employees.

The cooperative, itself, is about average sized among America’s 900 electric cooperatives. The cooperative’s directors are responsible for its financial integrity and for its policies.

The cooperative’s board of directors is responsible for the organization and IRTC. The board has additional responsibilities to the cooperative’s lenders, employees, and the general community. Basic law requires that a director shall, among other things, undertake the following duties:

• Care – Exercise due care and diligence that an ordinary, prudent person in a like position would exercise under similar circumstances, devoting such time and effort to the duties of a board member as may be necessary to oversee the business and affairs;

• Loyalty – Be loyal to the cooperative, acting at all times in good faith for its best interests and unaffected by any personal interest that is in conflict with the best interests of the cooperative;

• Obedience – Be obedient to the cooperative by adhering to all applicable requirements of law, the Bylaws, policies, contracts, and the cooperative’s duly made decisions; and

• Attention – Be attentive to and study reports from management on the cooperative, and be attentive to and study additional sources of information concerning the industry and business generally so that the best decisions can be made.

Directors attend monthly meetings, at a minimum, to review financial and management reports and to consider matters brought to them by management and/or other directors.

Directors receive monthly reports and financial statements about the cooperative and IRTC before board meetings. There are additional articles, memos and trade publications they’re expected to read.

Five members of the co-op’s board serve on the technology committee.

The co-op board and the technology committee meet monthly, and there are additional committee meetings throughout the year, as well as meetings sponsored by electric co-op trade associations and banks.

All of the members of the board are expected to pursue ongoing training in Springfield and at other locations. Directors attend state, regional and national trade association meetings for additional training and to keep abreast of the best practices in the industry.

Directors receive up to $350 per day and out-of-pocket expenses for attending meetings. Additionally, since it’s in the cooperative’s interests that directors have good internet service to receive material by e-mail, directors get wireless, fiber, or satellite based internet service.

There are two ways members can vote in the election. First, you can vote by being present at the meeting, or, second, by sending your proxy with a member who is attending. Members can vote up to three proxies at the Annual Meeting.