Let’s Start Planning our Community Meetings

Posted: July 27, 2023

Alaska Village Electric Cooperative is a member-owned utility that values its customers’ input. Members who attend the cooperative’s yearly community meetings have an impact on how the cooperative offers electric power. Attending a community meeting takes time, but your participation affects how AVEC delivers power.

Although it is the community chairman and secretary’s role to organize and execute the community meeting, members should take pride in knowing that their participation is important. It is essential for effective governance and improving AVEC’s ability to meet your needs.

Member attendance at community meetings is required to establish a quorum and elect a delegate to represent the community at the annual cooperative meeting. During the annual meeting, delegates present to the board of directors, fellow delegates and management the resolutions signed at their community meeting. AVEC’s board and management take all community resolutions seriously and work to resolve any issues.

The directors and AVEC staff dutifully review and discuss resolutions and issues recorded at community meetings and explore ways to improve AVEC services.

Every member who attends their community meeting receives a $25 credit on their electric bill and has a chance to win door prizes. Additional credits ranging from $50 to $250 are disbursed at the chairman’s discretion during the meeting, and members are entered to win a grand prize drawing for a $500 credit at the annual meeting.

AVEC’s annual meeting is set for April 17-18, 2024 in Anchorage.  It would be wonderful to have representatives from all 59 communities present. Delegate presence at the annual meeting is contingent on each community coordinating a community meeting prior to March 1, 2024.

AVEC Member Service representatives are available to help prepare the meetings, provide meeting materials, and offer teleconference support and prizes for member participation.

For questions, please contact your community chairman or AVEC’s Julie Berna at 800-478-1818.