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Trustee Qualifications Candidate fi ling period is July 13-17, 2015 I


n July, three trustees will host mee ngs in their membership districts. The purpose of the mee ngs, in accordance with the Coopera ve’s bylaws, is to provide the opportunity for members to nominate candidates for trustee.


To ensure our members understand the qualifi ca ons and nomina on requirements, we have included excerpts from the Coopera ve bylaws. The full text of the bylaws can be found on our website, www.neelectric.com, or you may call the Coopera ve at (800) 256-6405 to receive a copy.


SECTION 4.02. Qualifi ca ons No person shall be eligible to become or remain a trustee of the Coopera ve who:


(a) while serving on the Board or during the fi ve (5) years preceding nomina on thereto shall have been fi nally adjudged to be guilty of a felony; or


(b) is, becomes, or within the last fi ve (5) years has been employed by the Coopera ve, a subsidiary of the Coopera ve or a labor union which represents, or has represented, or has endeavored to represent any employees of the Coopera ve; or


(c) is, and if elected and seated as a trustee will con nue to be, a close rela ve of an incumbent trustee or of an employee of the Coopera ve; or


(d) has not con nuously been, for at least one (1) year prior to nomina on, or who ceases a er elec on to be, a member in good standing of the Coopera ve, receiving service therefrom at a permanent and year-round residence which is the member’s primary residen al abode in the Trustee District from which the member is elected; or


(e) is not at least eighteen (18) years old; or


(f) is in any way employed by or fi nancially interested in a substan ally compe ng enterprise or a business selling electric energy, services, or supplies to the Coopera ve or its subsidiary businesses; or


(g) is any way employed by or fi nancially interested in a business selling electrical or plumbing equipment, appliances, fi x- tures, supplies or wiring to the members.


Notwithstanding the restric ve provisions of this Sec on that are based upon close rela ve rela onships, no incumbent trustee shall lose eligibility to remain a trustee or to be re-elected a trustee if, during incumbency, the trustee becomes a close rela ve of another incumbent trustee or of a Coopera ve employee because of a marriage or an adop on to which the trustee was not a party.


Upon establishment of the fact that a nominee for trustee lacks eligibil- ity under this Sec on or as may be provided elsewhere in these Bylaws, it shall be the duty of the Board to disqualify the nominee. Upon the establishment of the fact that any person being considered for, or already holding, a trusteeship or other posi on of trust in the Coopera ve lacks eligibility under this Sec on, it shall be the duty of the Board to withhold such posi on from such person or to cause such person to be removed therefrom, as the case may be.


SECTION 4.06. Nomina ons


Any member desiring to be nominated as a candidate for Trustee from the district of his/her residence, shall fi le, with the Coopera ve, wri en no ce on a form provided by the Coopera ve, of his/her candidacy and inten on to seek nomina on for the offi ce of Trustee from his/her district at such  me as may be designated as the offi cial fi ling period by the Board of Trustees. Only persons fi ling such wri en no ce of candidacy and inten-  on to seek nomina on shall be eligible for nomina on at said mee ng.•


Members complete their ballot for the 2014 trustee elec on at Annual Mee ng.


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