Northern Lights’ 84th Annual Membership Meeting
By Elissa Glassman
Photos by Doug Marshall
The Panida Theater in Sandpoint hosted Northern Lights’ 84th Annual Membership meeting May 11.
The Sandpoint High School performing choir sang a rendition of the national anthem and an animated and entertaining medley of ’50s classics. Members also were entertained with the harmonic sounds of the Albeni Falls Pipes and Drums of Northern Idaho, which marched down the aisles of the Panida playing their bagpipes in unison.
More than 300 people gathered at thisyear’s celebration, with 253 registered NLI members in attendance.
NLI has been serving members since 1935. It was organized to bring electricity to rural areas that investorowned utilities would not serve. When it was established more than 84 years ago as the Northern Idaho Rural Electrical Rehabilitation Association, it was the first rural electric cooperative west of the Mississippi River. Today, it is one of the largest cooperatives in Idaho, with more than 19,000 members.
The purpose of the meeting was to hear and share reports covering the previous fiscal year, election of directors for Districts 1, 5 and 7 and transact other business.
Keith Simovic of the accounting firm Moss-Adams reported on NLI’s strong financial standing.
Board President Steve Elgar addressed the members with a presentation on NLI’s staff and their duties. General Manager Annie Terracciano updated the members on current projects and events at NLI.
Pursuant to NLI bylaws section 4.04 D, only one candidate each was nominated from districts 1, 5 and 7. The Credentials and Elections Committee
certified that the following directors were duly elected to serve four-years terms of as director: Mike Dolan, District 1; Kennon McClintock, District 5; and Jim Woodward, District 7.
Registered members in attendance received $25 energy credits. The members were excited for the instant prize drawing and grand prize drawings
contributed by participating vendors. The grand prizes were two community solar units, one $250 energy credit and a 65-inch Vizio television.
NLI Awards Eight $1,500 Educational Scholarships
The Winners are:
- Robert Anselmo — Priest River
- Molly Flower — Bonners Ferry
- Hunter Hubbard — Athol
- Kristian Jensen — Trout Creek
- Jessica Klein — Sagle
- Grace Shelton — Clark Fork
- Jayden Winslow — Troy
- Victor Zhong — Sandpoint