What are the qualifications to serve on the board of directors?
1. No member shall be eligible to become or remain a director or to hold any position of trust in the cooperative who has not been a member in his individual capacity for at least one year prior to his election and whose principal place of residence is not served with electric power and energy by the cooperative in the district he is to represent.
2. No member shall be eligible to become or remain a director or to hold any position of trust in the cooperative who is in any way employed by or financially interested in a competing enterprise or a business selling electric energy or supplies to the cooperative, or a business primarily engaged in selling electrical or plumbing appliances, fixtures, or supplies to the members of the cooperative.
3. No member shall take or hold office as a director who is the incumbent of or candidate for an elective public office in connection with which a salary is paid.
4. The term of service for each director is three (3) years from the date of the annual membership meeting at which such director was elected.
5. A director whose term expires may be re-elected for subsequent terms.
6. Once elected, each director is required to become credentialed under the Credentialed Cooperative Director Program of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association during his/her first full term. The Credentialed Cooperative Director (CCD) Certificate is earned by attending five courses designed to provide the basic knowledge and skills required of cooperative directors. Directors have several opportunities during the three-year term to earn their CCD Certificate.
7. Since the Cooperative is a member of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association and the Association of Texas Electric Cooperatives, directors are encouraged to attend conferences and other activities to improve the skills and knowledge of the board members. While a director’s attendance is not mandatory, nor a bylaw requirement, the training programs, conferences, and meetings offer unique educational opportunities that are conducive to making the board of directors a more knowledgeable and informed decision-making body.
8. Directors spend an average of 30 days annually attending monthly board meetings, state, regional and national meetings, training sessions, and other meetings or functions. Most events are held during regular business hours, but some meetings are held in the evenings and some may last several days.
For members interested in serving on the Board of Directors, FEC’s Bylaws and Policy on Director Duties and Responsibilities are available at the Cooperative’s office located at 357 North Washington St., La Grange, Texas.