OPALCO 2018 Annual Meeting

Posted April 25, 2018 at 5:41 am by

The Sun Shines at OPALCO Meet­ing on the Fer­ry; Struthers and Christ­mas Elected

OPALCO mem­bers board­ed the fer­ry on Sat­ur­day, April 21st to par­tic­i­pate in the 2018 Annu­al Meet­ing. This year the meet­ing was on the inter­is­land fer­ry, result­ing in sig­nif­i­cant cost sav­ings for co-op mem­bers. With a hearty “Here Comes the Sun!” OPALCO cel­e­brat­ed the ear­ly suc­cess (~90% sold) of its first Com­mu­ni­ty Solar project and gave mem­bers a last chance to par­tic­i­pate before the project is ful­ly subscribed.

The annu­al meet­ing reached the nec­es­sary quo­rum (at least 10%) with 1794 mem­bers (16%) cast­ing bal­lots in the Board of Direc­tors elec­tion. In an uncon­test­ed race, Rick Christ­mas and Jeff Struthers were elect­ed to serve on the Co-op Board. Go to www.opalco.com for full elec­tion counts. Fos­ter Hil­dreth, Gen­er­al Man­ag­er, shared his grat­i­tude and appre­ci­a­tion for Win­nie Adams and Randy Cor­nelius, whose board ser­vice end­ed with this elec­tion. Go to www.opalco.com/news to read Win­nie Adam’s part­ing words to the membership.

The 2018 Nour­dine Jensen Coop­er­a­tive Schol­ars were announced: Hen­ry Miller of Spring Street Inter­na­tion­al School; Arlo Harold, Natal­ie Meenan, and Aida Must of Fri­day Har­bor High School. Each stu­dent will receive a $1,000 schol­ar­ship and trip to the Youth Ral­ly Co-op Lead­er­ship Camp in Ida­ho this sum­mer. Zach Finch­er of Fri­day Har­bor High School will return as youth director.

The future is bright for OPALCO as the lead­er­ship empha­sized 2017 accom­plish­ments including:

the com­ple­tion of the sub­ma­rine cable instal­la­tion project, plan­ning for its first big com­mu­ni­ty solar project, and a $750,000 give back to the mem­bers in Decem­ber 2017 due high­er than pro­ject­ed rev­enues from cold­er weather.

Vince Dau­ci­u­nas, OPALCO board pres­i­dent talked about what it means to be a board mem­ber and the Board’s empha­sis on safe­ty and local resilien­cy, renew­able ener­gy, and a high qual­i­ty of life in San Juan County.

Lunch was pro­vid­ed by local cater­ers: Mar­ket Chef, Orcas Vil­lage Store, and Angel’s Cater­ing. Thanks to OPALCO’s gen­er­ous ven­dors and part­ners, close to 30 prizes were giv­en out to mem­bers attend­ing the meet­ing includ­ing NEST ther­mostats, Home­Pods, and oth­er ener­gy effi­cient smart devices. Door prizes were pro­vid­ed by: Anix­ter, CoBank, CRC, Eaton, EES Con­sult­ing, Gen­er­al Pacif­ic, Island Exca­vat­ing, NRUCFC, NWPPA, Old­cas­tle Pre­cast Util­i­ty Vault, Orcas Con­struc­tion Com­pa­ny, Pix­el­spoke, Pro­glass, PNGC, WESCO Dis­tri­b­u­tion, Rock Island Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and Brown & Kysar.

All mem­bers who attend the meet­ing will receive a $5 bill cred­it. The fol­low­ing co-op mem­bers will receive a $50 bill cred­it after their names were ran­dom­ly drawn from all bal­lots received: Nan­cy Loe­bke – Orcas; Joyce Nielsen – San Juan; David Durand – Orcas; Ger­rold Gonce – Lopez; Bryan Hoy­er – Orcas; Mar­i­lyn Gun­ning – San Juan; Louise John­son – Lopez; Kathryn Bowes – Orcas; Bri­an McMillen – Orcas; David Harsh – San Juan.

OPALCO is required by the Rur­al Util­i­ties Ser­vices (RUS) to hold an annu­al meet­ing each year.  Mem­bers who missed the meet­ing can read the 2017 Annu­al Report online (www.opalco.com/annualreport). A lim­it­ed sup­ply of print­ed copies are avail­able at your local OPALCO office, as long as sup­plies lasts.

Orcas Pow­er & Light Coop­er­a­tive (OPALCO) is our mem­ber-owned coop­er­a­tive elec­tric util­i­ty, serv­ing more than 11,000 mem­bers on 20 islands in San Juan Coun­ty. OPALCO pro­vides elec­tric­i­ty that is 95% green­house-gas free and is gen­er­at­ed pre­dom­i­nant­ly by hydro­elec­tric plants. OPALCO was found­ed in 1937. Fol­low OPALCO @OrcasPower on Face­book and Twitter.

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