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Valley REC members elect three directors during annual meeting, learn about benefits of LED light bulbs

HUNTINGDON, Pa. – Valley Rural Electric Cooperative members re-elected three incumbent directors to the co-op board during the 2018 annual meeting, held April 6 at Huntingdon Area High School.

The business meeting drew a crowd of more than 800 members and guests. The 450 voting members in attendance cast ballots to fill three seats on the nine-person board of directors that represents the utility’s more than 23,000 consumers.

In February, nominating meetings were held in three of the co-op’s nine director districts. Members nominated in each of those meetings stood for election during the annual meeting. Those elected to three-year terms on the board were: James Stauffer of McVeytown, Mifflin County, the District 2 incumbent; Joanne Whitsel of Mapleton Depot, Huntingdon County, the District 4 incumbent; and Leroy Barnes of Portage, Cambria County, the District 6 incumbent. Stauffer ran unopposed in District 2, while both Whitsel and Barnes ran opposed in each of their respective districts. Louis Mamakos of Three Springs, Huntingdon County, ran for District 4, while Joseph Apple of Duncanville, Blair County, ran for the District 6 director position.

Valley Rural Electric Cooperative President and CEO Rich Bauer offers congratulations to elected incumbent directors James Stauffer, Joanne Whitsel, and Leroy Barnes.Photo caption:
Valley Rural Electric Cooperative President & CEO Rich Bauer (right) offers congratulations to elected incumbent directors (left to right) Leroy Barnes, Joanne Whitsel and James Stauffer during the co-op’s annual meeting held Friday, April 6 at Huntingdon Area High School. The directors were elected to three-year terms on the co-op’s board.

Photo by John H. Bookwalter, Jr. Click photo for larger version.

Valley REC board chairman James Stauffer presided over the business meeting. The chairman spoke about the history of cooperatives and how their importance helps build a better world. He went on to describe how cooperatives are formed to face challenges met by communities.

"Whenever a community faces a need – a challenge to make life better – the cooperative model is there," Stauffer said. "Co-ops put people first and use innovation to meet member needs."

President & CEO Rich Bauer spoke to members about the cooperative’s operations. He also discussed the benefits to members who change out their home’s lightbulbs to all LED bulbs.

"An LED bulb uses as little as one tenth the amount of electricity as a standard 60-watt light bulb," said Bauer. "The cost savings by switching all of your home’s 60-watt light bulbs to LED bulbs would likely pay for itself within the first year of use."

Bauer also encouraged members to consider participating in the co-op’s demand response program, which lessens the amount of electricity members use at times of peak demand, when the price the co-op pays for wholesale power is the greatest. Demand response units work by temporarily disconnecting power to water heaters, to shed load while the insulated appliance maintains water temperature. More than 5,400 Valley members participate in the program.

(More details about the annual meeting are available in the May 2018 issue of Penn Lines magazine.)

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