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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!  


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.



•  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

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

WOEC Current: McLeod Retires

West Oregon Electric Cooperative would like to announce the retirement of Darlene McLeod after 29 years of dedicated service.  Darlene has held different positions over those years, including Billing Manager, Bookkeeper, and Manager of Finance & Administration.  She served under five different WOEC General Managers, and has seen a lot of changes in office equipment and our office building.

The West Oregon Electric Employees and Board of Directors would like to invite our members to share in a special celebration to honor Darlene’s retirement.  It will be held Friday, May 3rd in the WOEC boardroom from 3:00-5:00 PM.  Please stop by and wish Darlene well in this exciting new chapter of her life. Read More