My name is Bill Hodges. I am currently on the Board of Directors, District #7 of the Ontonagon REA and have held this position for the past 2.5yrs. I am up for re-election this year, running unopposed.
I am a retired Professional Land Surveyor, retired small business owner, Volunteer Firefighter in Sherman Township and I also volunteer at the Lake Linden-Hubbell Sportsman’s Club. I was born and raised in the U.P. and therefore understand the challenges of operating a successful business enterprise here.
I was appointed to the Board in the fall of 2018 to fill a vacancy in my district. I soon realized that much is involved to effectively manage our cooperative. I have attended energy conferences, strategic planning sessions, virtual energy summits and Board of Directors’ training in an effort to not only educate myself on the essential functions required to operate an electrical cooperative such as ours, but also to better represent the members of the cooperative. These educational opportunities continue to aid my understanding of what is truly involved in operating an electrical cooperative in a safe, reliable, and cost-effective manner. A contributing factor to the reliability and success of our cooperative is our dedicated, well-trained and hard-working employees, both in management and in the field. They are an inspiration.
During the past 2.5 years, I have served as the Secretary/Treasurer and currently sit as Vice- Chair of the Board. The Board determined that my passion for this work and the continuing education that I have received well suited me for the Vice Chair position.
I look forward to serving our cooperative as we navigate the ever-changing issues for “powering our future,” as well as continuing in my efforts to contribute in a positive manner and in a way that represents all of the interests of our District and the cooperative as a whole.
William (Bill) R. Hodges
Big Traverse, MI
Bill Hodge’s Nominating Petition
I have been a lifetime member of the Ontonagon County REA and a board member for greater than 10 years. I was elected chairman of the board years ago.
In my time with the board, I have learned a lot about the CO-OP, something about electricity, and studied for and earned my credentials as a certified CO-OP director.
During this time, the CO-OP has secured a new power contract that will help keep our costs at bay and several other things that are improving service.
This year, I am up for re-election and am asking for your continued support. I can be reached at 524-6988 and, as always, will discuss any issues on your mind.
Please send in your ballot before the June meeting deadline.
Calvin Koski’s Nominating Petition
I have been a lifelong resident of Baraga County and more recently (11 years ago) purchased my mother’s home on Huron Bay in Skanee. My family has been in Skanee for 70 years. I am retired from the Copper Country Intermediate School District and more recently from the Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College where I was an instructor and Department Chair for Early Childhood Education.
I have worked my entire adult life and I feel now I would like to give back to the community that has been so good to me. I am currently the President of the Arvon Township School Board (Skanee school), and site on the Bayside Village Nursing Center Board in L’Anse. I recently stepped down from the Arvon Township Planning & Zoning Board. I was active in writing the windmill ordinances for this township.
I am familiar with the land ad the people of this area and feel I can represent them well. I appreciate the long distances between homes and the challenges of our rural area. Electricity is an essential service and I would like to do my part to keep things running smoothly and efficiently. Communication is important and I feel I can communicate needs and wants of my area on the Board as well represent the REA in my area.
Thank you for considering me.
Mary Deline’s Nominating Petition