VEC membership elects board, celebrates 80 years

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VEC membership elects board, celebrates 80 years

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 5:31am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Electric Co-op (VEC) held its annual meeting Saturday, May 12 at Smugglers’ Notch Resort, and members elected directors to the board, heard updates from VEC staff, checked out a vendor showcase, and marked VEC’s 80th year, among other things. Approximately 200 members attended.

“Annual meeting is always a wonderful time to connect, face-to-face, with our member-owners and hear their thoughts and opinions about how we are doing in our service to them,” said Victoria Brown, VEC General Counsel and Interim CEO. “We also appreciate the opportunity to update them on VEC news,” she said.

Monica Stearns (left) and Julianne Jones, both of Vermont Electric Co-op’s member services department, welcomed members to the annual meeting last Saturday, May 12.

Also during the meeting, guest speaker Chris Root, Chief Operating Officer of the Vermont Electric Power Company (VELCO) discussed transmission constraints that are affecting the deployment of wind and solar power in part of VEC’s service territory.

At the meeting, VEC members also concluded the election for three seats on the board of directors.

  • Incumbent Carol Maroni of Craftsbury, running unopposed, was re-elected to her seat in District 3 (Albany, Craftsbury, Glover, Greensboro, Irasburg, Jay, Lowell, Newport Town, Troy and Westfield)
  • Incumbent Mark Woodward of Johnson, who was challenged by Jody Dunklee of Fairfax, held onto his seat in District 4 (Bakersfield, Belvidere, Cambridge, Eden, Fairfax, Fairfield, Fletcher, Hyde Park, Johnson, Morristown, Stowe and Waterville).
  • Underhill’s Charlie Van Winkle won the race against Schuyler Jackson of Hinesburg to represent District 5 (Bolton, Essex, Hinesburg, Huntington, Jericho, Milton, Richmond, Shelburne, Starksboro, St. George, Underhill, Westford and Williston).

During the event, VEC gave away prizes that had been generously donated by businesses that VEC works with throughout the year.

VEC members who ordered free trees as part of VEC’s Energy-Saving Trees Program also picked up their trees to be planted this spring.

In addition, in the co-op spirit of neighbor helping neighbor, VEC members also brought donations of canned goods to be distributed to local food shelves.

Long-time Vermont Electric Co-op member Ernest “Stub” Earle attended VEC’s annual meeting last Saturday, May 12. All photos courtesy VEC.

Source: Jeffersonville, VT-VEC 5.16.2018