CREA 2013 annual meeting in the books

Tri-State board chairman Rick Gordon (at podium) addresses the membership at the 2013 CREA annual meeting, while CREA board president and Tri-State director Bob Bledsoe listens in.

Tri-State board chairman Rick Gordon (at podium) addresses the membership at the 2013 CREA annual meeting, while CREA board president and Tri-State director Bob Bledsoe listens in.

Electric cooperative leaders from across Colorado convened in downtown Denver Feb. 10-12 for the 2013 annual meeting of their state trade association, the Colorado Rural Electric Association.

Tri-State and all 18 of its Colorado member co-ops are active members of CREA, which, since its inception in 1945, has performed and provided a number of coordinated statewide functions and services, including legislative lobbying, educational initiatives, communications outreach and safety and loss control.

Much like Tri-State, CREA is governed by a board made up of one director from each of its member co-ops. Currently serving as president of the CREA board, as Tri-State’s representative, is Bob Bledsoe, who also serves as a director on the board of K.C. Electric Association (Hugo, Colo.).

In his president’s message to the CREA membership, Bledsoe said, “The CREA board is always mindful of how legislation will impact our member-owners. As such, we evaluate all the bills introduced in the Colorado Legislature, amend them where we can, oppose those that have onerous costs or requirements and support the bills that make financial, environmental and social sense.”

Along with financial presentations made by representatives from the Cooperative Finance Corporation and CoBank, the membership also received a G&T report from Tri-State board chairman Rick Gordon.

“We confronted many challenges at Tri-State in 2012,” Gordon reported, “and we’re still dealing with many of them. But we continue to stay focused on our core mission of providing our membership with a reliable and affordable supply of power. By working together, I believe we can successfully navigate our way through the challenges we are facing and become stronger for it.”

“2012 was a good year for CREA,” reported executive director Kent Singer at the organization’s 2013 annual meeting.

“2012 was a good year for CREA,” reported executive director Kent Singer at the organization’s 2013 annual meeting.

CREA executive director Kent Singer concluded the annual meeting with his report, saying, “As your CREA staff, we rely on the hard work and direction of our board and we will always strive to follow the course set before us. I am confident that as a unified group we can determine the best path for Colorado’s electric co-ops and successfully represent the values of our member-owned utilities.”

Tri-State also is an active participant-member of the Wyoming, New Mexico and Nebraska rural electric cooperative statewide associations, all of which will be holding their annual meetings later in the year.

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