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WOEC Current: Introducing New General Manager, Bob Perry

SarahRossi-color-webAt the December 17th West Oregon Electric Cooperative Board Meeting, the Board of Directors appointed Sarah Rossi as Acting General Manager to lead the co-op during the interim until the newly hired GM, Bob Perry, takes the helm. Bob Perry will be moving here from Indiana and plans on being on board at WOEC by February 1st.

Below is an introduction letter from our New General Manager:

Hello, I’m Bob Perry, your new general manager here at West Oregon Electric Cooperative and I’d like to take a few minutes to introduce myself to you.

BobPerry-color-webI’ve been working with the electric cooperatives now for eighteen years.  I got my start in Indiana working in the Member Services department at the local electric cooperative. I still remember my first assignment was to read meters.  Working in Member Services allowed me to be involved in many different aspects of member contact from billing concerns to energy advisor, from school safety programs to 4H Electric programs and more.

It was during my years with the cooperative in Indiana that I decided to take on the challenge of earning a college degree. Starting in the summer of 1997, I signed up for night classes at Indiana University and seven years later I received my bachelor’s degree in business administration.  I went on from there to earn a master’s degree in management from Indiana Wesleyan University in 2006.

Three years after completing my studies, I went on to manage two electric cooperatives, one in upstate New York and one in Kansas.  Someone asked me once what my story was and I said “I’ve gone from meter reading to general manager in fourteen years.” Electric cooperatives are great organizations and I’m proud to be associated with them.

I’m married, my wife’s name is Linda and we just celebrated our twenty-sixth anniversary. I have two step-daughters and we’re expecting our first grandchild in February. And then there’s Megan, our five year old chocolate Labrador retriever who is a registered therapy dog.

Outside of the office, Linda and I enjoy a ride on the motorcycle or a quiet afternoon on the water in our kayak.  Linda is a quilter and enjoys gardening.  I enjoy shooting sports, fishing, and amateur radio.

We’re both excited to be coming to such a beautiful area of the country and look forward to meeting many of you in the years to come.

Bye for now!  

Bob

WOEC Current: Saving Energy During the Holidays

West Oregon Electric Cooperative is proud to sponsor this year’s Vernonia Spirit of Christmas House Decorating contest. Start planning the decorations you are going to use now, and get ready to make your home stand out and represent the warm glow of this special season. Check out the energy efficiency tips below for some helpful hints on how to decorate with LED lights and keep that holiday spirit alive without wasting energy.

 

Decorating:

•  Consider replacing older strings of holiday lights with more energy efficient light emitting diodes, LEDs. Most stores now sell LED lights, and many of the new outside Christmas decorations are already made with them. Minimize fire hazard risk with LEDs, as they are shatterproof, shock resistant, safe to touch, and shouldn’t overload your electric circuits. LEDs save up to 80-90 percent of your decorative lighting energy costs, and use 10 times less energy than incandescent mini-lights and 100 times less energy than standard bulbs.

•  Wait until dark to turn on your Christmas lights and make sure to turn them off before you go to bed. Six hours or less of daily use is a good goal to aim for. Read More

VSD Receives $95K for Energy Efficiency

Left to right:  Dan Murphy, WOEC Director; Sarah Rossi, WOEC Executive Assistant & Energy Efficiency Coordinator; Bob Paleck, WOEC Director; Bill Langmaid, Vernonia School District Board Chairman; Ken Cox, Vernonia School Superintendent; Margaret Ryan, PNGC Manager Member Services; Marc Farmer, WOEC General Manager; Doug Brawley, PNGC Senior Vice President Power Management.  Photo courtesy of  David Western, Manager of Administration & Finance for WOEC.

Left to right:  Dan Murphy, WOEC Director; Sarah Rossi, WOEC Executive Assistant & Energy Efficiency Coordinator; Bob Paleck, WOEC Director; Bill Langmaid, Vernonia School District Board Chairman; Ken Cox, Vernonia School Superintendent; Margaret Ryan, PNGC Manager Member Services; Marc Farmer, WOEC General Manager; Doug Brawley, PNGC Senior Vice President Power Management. Photo courtesy of David Western, Manager of Administration & Finance for WOEC.

At the October 10, 2013 Vernonia School Board meeting, the Vernonia School District (VSD) was presented with a check for $ 95,000.

The check was for the outstanding energy efficiency measures that were incorporated into the new school building construction and comes from  the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) conservation and energy efficiency program that West Oregon Electric Cooperative (WOEC) participates in through PNGC Power.

“This is the same program that provides rebate money for our clothes washer rebates, weatherization like new windows & insulation, and commercial lighting projects,” said Sarah Rossi, WOEC’s Energy Efficiency Coordinator who has worked on the project for the last  three years.  “We have provided rebates for Jewell School and the Timber Fire Station for lighting projects and numerous residential members for clothes washers and weatherization rebates over the years. We also did a large low income housing weatherization project for 5 Rock Ranch in our Yamhill area of our service territory.” Read More

WOEC Current: Upcoming Meetings

The West Oregon Electric Cooperative Annual Meeting will be held on Saturday, August 17th at the Vernonia Scout Cabin. Registration begins at 10:00 AM and the meeting will be called to order at 11:00 AM. All members are welcome to attend the annual meeting, but please RSVP so that we know how many people will be attending for planning purposes. You may call the office at 503-429-3021 or email sarahr@westoregon.org to RSVP.

You should receive your official annual meeting notice and ballot in the mail the last week of July or the first week of August. Please take the time to read the candidate information and fill out the ballot, so that you can cast your vote for the Directors in Districts 2 (Mist, Apiary, Birkenfeld) and 5 (Timber, Buxton).

As a member-owned electric utility, this is your chance to be an active part of the Co-op through your vote for representation on the Board of Directors and by attending the meeting to hear reports on the financial status, operations, and management of your cooperative. We look forward to seeing you, and welcome the opportunity to interact with our members and make sure your questions and input are heard.  Please join us for a great meeting, lunch, and fun door prizes.

 

We are also holding special district meetings in August and September so that you may meet with your board representatives (credit rebecca). The following is a list of the days, times, and places for those meetings:

District 3 & 4  (Vernonia, Keasey)

August 13th   7:00 PM WOEC Boardroom (652 Rose Ave, Vernonia)

 

District 7  (Manning, Hagg Lake, Yamhill County)

August 29th  7:00 PM Yamhill City Hall (205 S Maple Street, Yamhill)

 

District 5  (Timber, Buxton)

September 3rd   7:00 PM   WOEC Boardroom (652 Rose Ave, Vernonia)

 

District 6   (Chapman/Scappoose, North Plains)

September 9th  7:00 PM Scappoose Library  (52469 SE 2nd St, Scappoose)

 

Member Meeting – Rate Change

Tuesday, September 17th   at 6:00 PM

WOEC Boardroom ~ 652 Rose Ave., Vernonia, OR

 

WOEC Current: Capital Credit Allocations

Unclaimed Capital Credit Allocations Explained

Recently West Oregon Electric Cooperative published a list of former WOEC members who have unclaimed capital credit allocation checks on our books.  These capital credits were earned by members between the years of 1944 to 1969, and the WOEC board of directors had authorized the payment of them and had checks issued in 1999 and 2000.  The unclaimed checks are ones that were either returned to WOEC due to incorrect mailing addresses or were just never cashed by the member. Other members during that time period who had updated their current mailing address with WOEC, or were current members in 1999 & 2000 received their checks and have already been paid the capital credits from 1944 to 1969.

The Unclaimed Capital Credit list may be found on our website, www.westoregon.org, just click on the box with the notice in the lower left hand corner of the home page.  For some of our newer members and a refresher for long time members, we have put together this question and answer sheet to explain WOEC capital credits:

What are capital credits? Read More