Any Valley member who is a full-time resident and resides in a dwelling in a given district and who agrees to attend required meetings may serve on the board as a director from that given district. Directors must not have a conflict of interest.
The nominating meeting for a given district is held within that district, usually at a public location, during early February. A full-course dinner is served, followed by the official business of the meeting.
Valley Rural Electric Cooperative operates according to democratic principles. Unlike private power companies, cooperatives are owned by their consumers, who choose representatives to run their business.
Every year in April, Valley REC members have the opportunity to use their voices to vote when Valley Rural Electric holds its annual meeting. Starting in 2021, a drive-through meeting has replaced the in-person meeting. Members arrive anytime between 4-7 p.m. at the Huntingdon County Fairgrounds (located directly across from our corporate office). They follow a route that takes them through a tent, where they register and receive the co-op's annual report and a ballot. At a second tent, members cast their ballots to fill three seats on the nine-person board of directors. They also receive a door prize before departing the fairgrounds.
After the switch to the drive-through format, the co-op saw a marked increase in attendance over the traditional three-hour in-person meeting. Participants in the 2021 event were surveyed by mail, and nearly all respondents were favorable to the drive-through format. Many members commented that they are not able to attend the traditional meeting for a variety of reasons, including not being able to sit for that long, no longer driving after dark, or having the longer meeting interfere with their schedules.