Get involved at CVEA
CVEA encourages members to get involved with their cooperative. Opportunities include: Board of Directors, Board of Adjustment, Scholarship Selection Committee, Credentials and Election Committee, Community Meetings, Annual Meeting, and others.
Here are several opportunities for you to participate in your electric cooperative.
Join a dedicated group of community members that work on a volunteer basis for the benefit of all members. In 2022, there will be three director seats up for election; two in the Copper Basin and one in Valdez, all will hold three-year terms. The Director election process for 2022 will begin in December, with a mid-February nomination deadline.
As a Director, you can help make decisions that impact your neighbors and friends, the folks up and down the T-line, and all Cooperative members. The Board meets once a month, normally on the third Thursday, for regular board meetings, several meetings throughout the year (typically scheduled on the same day as Board meetings) for work sessions, and on occasion for special meetings. Members may also travel to participate in statewide and national meetings.
If you have been a member of CVEA for at least 12 continuous months, are a member in good standing (defined as having not more than one delinquency in payment during the last 12 consecutive months of service), and are not currently an employee or close relative of an incumbent director or employee, you may be eligible to be a director. For a complete list of director qualifications, please refer to CVEA's Bylaws Section 4.02, Qualifications.
Candidates participate in a petition process to become eligible. Packets explaining the nomination and petition process will be emailed to qualified potential candidates upon request. Packets can be picked up at your local office by appointment. To make an appointment call your local office. A petition must be submitted and signatures validated by CVEA staff by the February 10, 2022 deadline. Petitions and nomination materials should be emailed to email@example.com or may be mailed or dropped off, with appointment, to our office in Glennallen or Valdez.
Your March issue of Ruralite Magazine will feature a Meet the Director Candidates article. Ballots will hit mail boxes in early March. Please make sure to vote, even if seats are unopposed. 10 percent of the membership must vote to constitute a valid election. All valid ballots received on time will be entered to win a $50 CVEA energy credit.
Can you spare some time to impact our local high school students? CVEA recruits interested members to serve on the Scholarship Selection Committees in each district. Each year the CVEA Community Foundation awards local students with financial scholarships. Students are selected by a group of community members. Committees review scholarship application packets, determine which students to interview, conduct the interviews, and select who will receive the scholarships. Participation on the committee will require attendance at several meetings and the homework of reviewing the applications and should require approximately 24 hours of time. If you are interested in serving on the Scholarship Committee and do not have a relative (son, daughter, grandchild, niece, nephew, etc.) either by blood or marriage that may apply for a scholarship, please contact either office or email firstname.lastname@example.org">email@example.com .
A very important part of the Annual Meeting election process is the Credentials and Election Committee. The people who serve are responsible for the validating of signatures on the backside of the envelopes and then the actual counting of ballots. The committees, one for each district, are comprised of interested members who are not employees, directors, candidates, or close relatives of these persons. The Board of Directors will appoint committee members for each district. Service on the Credentials and Election Committee takes place during the month prior to the Annual Meeting, with the majority of the work performed the week prior to the meeting. If you are interested in serving on the Credentials and Election Committee, please call either office or email firstname.lastname@example.org">email@example.com .
The Board of Adjustment acts as an appellate body when a consumer feels the Association has violated its Tariff or has otherwise not accorded him/her fair and equitable treatment. The Board of Adjustment will hear the case from both sides, provided all complaint procedures have been completed.The Board of Adjustment is appointed from the membership at the Annual Meeting in May. The term of a seat on the Board of Adjustment is two years.