Manager’s Message – May 2023
Annual Meeting and Electrical Safety
It was great to see many of you at this year’s annual meeting!
A brief summary of the annual meeting is on pages 4 and 5.
This year, the board seats for Districts 1, 5 and 7 were up for election. Current directors for District 1, Mike Dolan; and District 5, Kennon McClintock; ran unopposed and were duly reelected to four-year terms. The District 7 board seat was contested, and Director Jim Woodward was reelected to another four-year term. Congratulations to Mike, Kennon and Jim!
National Electrical Safety Month
May is National Electrical Safety Month. We want to keep electrical safety in the forefront, not only this month but throughout the year. Of all the hazards we face in daily life at home, at school and on the job, there is perhaps none quite as unforgiving as electricity. You won’t see it coming, and when it strikes, it strikes hard—killing or disabling a person, or destroying property.
Safety is an essential practice at NLI. Each month, our staff engages in safety training and a safety meeting. We check the safety of our equipment and discuss ways to make our work environment safer. In our line of work, it really is the difference between life and death. From our co-op crews to you, the members we serve, we recognize everyone has a part to play in prioritizing safety.
According to the Electrical Safety Foundation International, thousands of people
in the United States are critically injured or electrocuted as a result of electrical fires and accidents in their homes. Many of these accidents are preventable. Electricity is a necessity, and it powers our daily lives. But we know firsthand how dangerous electricity can be because we work with it 365 days a year.
Member safety is a priority at NLI. That’s why you see us hosting safety demonstrations at community events and in schools throughout the year to demonstrate the dangers of electricity. We discuss emergency scenarios, such as what to do in a car accident involving a utility pole and downed power lines. We caution students on the dangers of padmounted transformers and overloading circuits with too many electronic devices.
NLI is dedicated to educating and caring for our employees, members and communities during National Electrical Safety Month in May, as well as every month of the year.