January 2019 Issue
· CEO Report
· Terry Schmitz
· Roxanne’s Sales Talk
· Jerry Richards
· District 8 Meeting
· January Calendar
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by Brad Dolinski, CEO
Happy New Year!
This past year together has been exciting. The first thing I want to report on is that our
Board of Directors voted to approve our 2019 budget. This is a process for the team at North
Itasca Electric. We leave no stone unturned to make sure we don’t miss any expenses or revenues
to provide the board with the necessary information on the budget. I am very pleased to say
there will be no rate increase for 2019! Enter the sigh of relief.
With the passing of our friend Terry Schmitz there is an opening on the board. Our Board of
Directors is looking to appoint someone from District 8 to this position. I will hold a special
district meeting at the Marcell Family Center on January 9, from 5-7 p.m. to discuss this or any
other issues. This meeting will be an open forum and very casual.
by Larry Salmela
Terry Schmitz joined the North Itasca Electric Co-op board in 1994 and provided continuous loyal
service to the members until he died on November 30, 2018.
Terry was known to have a firm grasp of the business principles which are so important for the
long-term financial success of the co-op. He was a businessman in his private life. He knew that
the business must succeed “according to the numbers” on a regular basis as the years went by.
Roxanne’s Sales Talk
by Roxanne Prather, member services representative
First off, I want to thank everyone for coming to our Open House. We all know how busy this time of year is and
appreciate you taking the time to stop in! This year it was even better than last year, we got to see a lot more
members that we don’t normally see attend. This might be because the weather was a lot nicer then it has been in the
past, along with the fact that we also were handing out Capital Credit checks too. Either way it was good to see more
faces. Sales were pretty good, and it was fun visiting with all of you.
The coloring contest was a hit. We had several entries and the lucky winners were:
I just want you all to know it was a tough decision; they were all pretty darn cute. You all did a great job!
- Grade K-Lilla Bass
- Grade 1-Kathlyn Hyde
- Grade 2-Harper Gilbertson
- Grade 3-Jaylynn Shaw
The Christmas Cookie/Candy contest winners were:
- 1st place -Terri O’Brien (Fudge Filled Dessert Strips) $50
- 2nd Place-Virginia Wass (Salty Caramel & Pecan Cookies) $25
- 3rd Place -Viola Johnson (Bake and Make Cookies) $10
by Wes Waller
Somewhere around 1989 I was elected to North Itasca Board of Directors. I arrived about as
green as it was possible to be. I knew very little about how a cooperative functioned and nothing
about the vast state and federal network it was affiliated with. Eventually you can become
educated through classes and seminars designed to bring the new board member up to speed,
but your initial well of knowledge comes from your fellow directors and the lessons they have
learned at the School of Hard Knocks.
Luckily for me Gerald [Jerry] Richards sat at the head of the board table. At this time Jerry
probably had 30 years of experience. He eventually served a total of 44 years, so there was
very little he had not seen, and he could provide counsel on mistakes that had already been
made and roads we probably shouldn’t go down. Virtually any question that I had, and there
were many, Jerry had the answer for. He had been through most of the early hard times and
knew what worked and what didn’t. I guess this is the reason we study history, so we can learn
from those who have labored before us.
Responsibilities of a board member
Our Board of Directors is looking to appoint a director from District 8. A director is responsible for,
and must actively participate in, the management of the business and affairs of the Cooperative. The Board
of Directors of the Cooperative is quite active. It is anticipated that you will spend a minimum of 14 to
24 days, on an annual basis, at meetings of the Board, general membership, committees and other bodies
(the biggest share of meetings are during the week when many people must be at work). Are you able to commit
that amount of time to be actively involved in the affairs of the Cooperative?
A director has a duty of loyalty to the Cooperative and a fiduciary duty to act in the best interest of the
Cooperative and its members as the director reasonably believes to be the case under the circumstances.
Being a director of North Itasca Electric Co-op, Inc. is an important and exciting task. Certain specific
qualifications to be eligible to become and remain a director are set forth in the Cooperative bylaws. In
addition, general law imposes certain duties upon directors.
January 2019 Calendar of Events
Family Nordic skiing with EOWSKI at Scenic State Park; 1-3 p.m. on Saturdays in January and February. More info: 743-7025.
Deer River ISD 317 School Board, King Elementary Media Center, 6 p.m. Public forum 5:45 p.m.
ISD 318 School Board meeting, Admin Board Room Grand Rapids, 7 p.m. Via telepresence at Bigfork School. Public Forum 6:30 p.m.
Stop and Stitch at Marcell Family Center, 9:30 a.m. Bring $1 and a project to work on. Come and go as you please.
District 8 informational meeting at the Marcell Family Center, 5-7 p.m. The North Itasca Electric Cooperative board will be
appointing a director from District 8 (Marcell area). All information will be at the meeting. Applications due Thursday,
Jan. 17. Information about the responsibilies of a board member is HERE.
For any additional information, call 743-3131.
Bigfork Lions Club meets 2nd Wednesday, 6 p.m. at Golf on the Edge.
ISD 363 South Koochiching-Rainy River School Board Meeting, 6:30 p.m. Northome ITV studio. Truth in Taxation meeting, 6 p.m.