Tri-County Rural Electric Cooperative members returned three incumbents to the cooperative board of directors during the utility's 77th annual meeting Saturday, July 13, at Ski Denton Resort near Coudersport.

Tri-County members re-elected Ferd W. Irish of Denton Hill, Alfred G. Calkins of Troy and Donald H. Blackwell of Blackwell to represent Districts 2, 6 and 8, respectively.

All three directors ran unopposed and were unanimously elected.

About 600 members and guests attended the annual meeting, during which they heard election results, as well as business reports from cooperative president and chief executive officer Craig Eccher and board chairman Lowell Geiser.

Guest speaker Bob Foulkrod of Troy, hunting consultant and host of the "Winchester Legends" outdoors show, provided anecdotes about some of his most memorable hunting escapades over a 30-plus year career as a guide, pioneer in the hunting video industry and television show host.

In his annual address to the membership, Tri-County president and CEO Craig Eccher outlined the various ways Tri-County is "Building for the Future," the theme for the annual meeting. From constructing new substations in Athens, Ulysses and English Center, to working with legislators and regulatory agencies to press for improvements to the transmission system that delivers power to Tri-County, Eccher said the co-op's top mission is to provide safe, reliable and affordable energy to its members.

During a reorganizational meeting that immediately followed the annual meeting, Lowell Geiser of Germania was re-elected as the cooperative's chairman of the board. Al Calkins was re-elected vice-chairman of the board, and Alston Teeter was re-elected secretary-treasurer.

Unlike investor-owned utilities, Tri-County is a non-profit organization owned by its consumer-members. A democratic organization by nature, the cooperative conducts an annual meeting each July to update members on the progress made during the year and to conduct director elections.

Annual meetings also provide members with the opportunity to offer input and voice concerns before the board of directors and management staff.

With headquarters in Mansfield, Pa., Tri-County Rural Electric Cooperative has served the residents of northcentral Pennsylvania since 1937. Today the cooperative provides electricity to more than 16,600 members in Tioga, Potter, Bradford, Lycoming, Clinton, McKean and Cameron counties.

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