The process of recruiting and electing new board members is key to strengthening the cooperative organization that strives to provided excellent service to its members. WOEC board members have a voice in shaping the cooperative’s future while working alongside a group of people who share a like-minded commitment to the democratic process.

Serving on WOEC’s board means making a difference locally, using individual talents and perspective to guide big decisions about the co-op that in turn benefit the larger community. While day-to-day decisions are made by co-op staff, major decisions are made by the board, who strives to look out for the vitality of the co-op and the community it serves. On a granular level, WOEC’s board members typically provide input and guidance on:

  • Budgets
  • Co-op goals and direction
  • Co-op’s community/charitable contributions
  • Capital investments and energy mix
  • Co-op’s role and involvement in economic development

While you don’t need to be an expert in electricity or business to run for a seat on the Board, you do need to have a passion for the community and a willingness to actively serve and learn. Our Board meets on a regular basis, and we offer specialized training opportunities to help board members make informed decisions. Board members gain a deeper understanding of the electric utility industry, the cooperative business model and local economic development efforts.

Ultimately, our board is the community pulse for the co-op and helps keep us on the right track. We love our community and want to help it thrive. If you share the same commitment and want to contribute to the greater good in a tangible way, please consider running for a board position in the future.

2023 Details

WOEC’s board elections will be held at the Annual Meeting on August 19th at the Scout Cabin in Vernonia. Meeting details and voting packets will be mailed to all memebers at the end of July. We begin the election process by mailing nomination meeting notices to members who reside in the districts that will open for re-election. The board positions that are up for election this year are District 3 (Vernonia, Buxton, and Timber) and District 7 (Manning, Hagg Lake, Yamhill County). These positions are currently held by Jim Buxton and Mark Ludeman, both will be running for re-election and are unopposed.