Consider running for a director seat

Be a part of your cooperative’s leadership – Consider running for a director seat.

Hopefully, by now, you have noticed a couple of entries in this issue of the Neighbor on the subject of the upcoming board election. Every election is an important one because it’s your chance to appoint the leadership of your cooperative, but this election holds something that is fairly uncommon, at least here at Nodak. Two of the three director positions decided in this election will not have an incumbent in the race.

We have three districts in our service territory with three directors elected from each district for a total of nine board members. All board members are elected for staggered three-year terms, so each year we have one position in each of the three districts up for election. This year, we have the unique situation where two directors are retiring from service on the board and not seeking reelection.  District 1 Director Bruce Fagerholt and District 3 Director Donna Grotte have both made it known that their intention is not to seek reelection to the board of directors. Director David Kent will be running for reelection to his seat in District 2

Your board fulfills many vital roles for the cooperative.  Not only are they the ultimate decision-makers when it comes to policy-driven initiatives for the cooperative, they are also the local connection to the membership. Board members represent our eyes and ears out in the service area.  They bring back member concerns and suggestions, provide a local “neighbor” for you to discuss cooperative business with, and represent your interests at the board table.

If you have ever considered serving your cooperative through board governance, those of you living in Districts 1 and 3 have a unique opportunity. While board membership can be very challenging at times and certainly shouldn’t be taken lightly, it can be a very rewarding experience. Your cooperative can only be as strong as the people who actively participate in it, so if you have a strong commitment to Nodak and a desire to serve, I would encourage you to consider running for a seat on the Nodak board.  A position on the ballot can be obtained through nomination by the Nominating Committee, or by submitting a petition to the corporate offices. Please call the Grand Forks office if you would like more information on the process.

Also, please take note of the changes we’ve made to this year’s Annual Meeting.  For quite some time, the Annual Meeting has been held on the morning of the first Saturday in April. This year, we are moving the meeting to a Thursday evening. I know how schedules can be difficult to coordinate, especially with today’s busy lifestyles. Undoubtedly, moving the meeting to Thursday night will make it difficult for some that usually attend, but hopefully it will also open the door for others to attend that have not been able to come on Saturday.  Most importantly, we want as many of you as possible to come and participate in the Annual Meeting this year.  I’m looking forward to seeing you all in Grand Forks this April.