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2014 NDAREC Annual Meeting
71st Annual Meeting
Jan. 7, 8 & 9, 2014
Ramkota Hotel, Bismarck, N.D.

We Shine as One

NDAREC’s annual meeting this year reminds its members of all that can be accomplished by working together. As one, the state’s 16 electric distribution cooperatives and 5 generation and transmission cooperatives provide affordable, dependable and safe electric power to more than a third of the state’s citizens and sell more than 50% of the electric power in the state. Through NDAREC, our members have joined and worked together to achieve legislative goals that have saved millions in operating expenses; advanced the value of the electric cooperative network through coordinated communications programs; helped train employees to safely and successfully deliver electric power; offered professional development programs to strengthen board and employee competence; and provided help to members building community and economic development projects. This “cooperation among cooperatives” is one of our seven principles. By working together, we have the power to achieve what no one member can accomplish on its own. Through cooperation, we shine as one.

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  • Tuesday, Jan. 7
  • Wednesday, Jan. 8
  • Thursday, Jan. 9

Tuesday, Jan. 7

11 a.m.                               NDAREC board meeting — Heart Room

11 a.m.                               NDAREC manager's association meeting— Cannonball Room

12 p.m.                               NDAREC colleague appreciation luncheon — Sheyenne Room
2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.              Registration — Courtyard

5 p.m.                                 Welcome Reception — Patterson Room (Sponsored by CoBank, Inc.)

Wednesday, Jan. 8

7:30 a.m. Registration—Courtyard
8 a.m.

Resolutions committee meeting — Governor's Room
Wendy Loucks, acting chair

8 a.m.-11 a.m.

Set up for the Gold Member Showcase— Courtyard

10 a.m.

Call to Order — Lamborn Room
Bob Grant, president and presiding officer

Opening Welcome and Youth Tour report
Casondra Rutschke, Youth Leadership Council delegate

10:15 a.m.

Al Gustin, “Farm Byline” book project

10:20 a.m.

“We Shine as One”— Report on 2013 NDAREC work plan achievements
Bob Grant, NDAREC president, and Dennis Hill, general manager

11:45 a.m.

NDAREC Awards Luncheon — Grand Pacific Room
Dennis Hill, master of ceremonies

Awards Presentations

1:15 p.m.

Meeting reconvenes — Lamborn Room
Russell Berg, NDAREC secretary and presiding officer

1:20 p.m.

NRECA Report
Jo Ann Emerson, NRECA chief executive officer

2 p.m.

Refreshment Break
Sponsored by the Okonite Company

2:30 p.m.

“Bringing people together”
Moderated by Clarice Kesler, NDAREC e-communications manager

5 to 7 p.m.

Member Reception
Sponsored by Federated Rural Electric Insurance Exchange


Thursday, Jan. 9
7 a.m.

Inspiration Breakfast — Grand Pacific Room
Steve Stark, historian and illustrator
Sponsored by Rural Electric Supply Cooperative

8:15 a.m.

Video: Remarks from Congressional Delegation — Lamborn Room

8:45 a.m.

NDAREC Business Session — Lamborn Room
Minutes of previous meeting — Russell Berg, secretary
Credentials Committee Report
President’s report — Bob Grant                     
Financial/audit report — Jane Porter, finance director, NDAREC
NRECA update — Don Link                      
Election of officers
Resolutions — Jim Kerzman chair
Old Business                                                
New Business    

10:30 a.m.

Refreshment Break — Courtyard

11 a.m.

NRECA director election — Lamborn Room


RDFC meeting — Heart Room




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