Board Approves District Changes

Lincoln Electric's By-Laws direct the Board of Trustees to adjust member districts each year. This allows the membership to be represented as equally as possible. Over time, as services are installed and retired, trustee representation becomes skewed. Some districts become over represented and some under represented depending on the growth in that area. As you can see on the following graphs, District 1 Flathead, District 2 Trego-Stryker, and District 4 Eureka-Tobacco Plains were all over represented. Conversely, District 3 Fortine-Glen Lake and District 5 Koocanusa Shores-Pinkham were under represented. These two under represented districts have had the most growth without an adjustment to the number of trustees.

At the November board meeting, the Board of Trustees voted on new district boundaries to rectify this issue. They altered the number of trustees from each of these new districts so members would have more equal representation. As shown on the following map, there are now only two districts: North District with eight Trustees and South District with two Trustees. North District was created by combining the old Districts 3, 4, and 5. South District was created by combining Districts 1 and 2.

For members, this change will affect who can run for open Board positions and who can nominate trustee candidates at the Annual Meeting. Members can only nominate a fellow member from their district as a potential trustee. Your Annual Notice of Meeting, arriving the beginning of March, will indicate your district. This is based on the location of your primary service.

Board of Trustees

Lincoln Electric Cooperative's (LEC) 10-person Board of Trustees is elected by the members from the general membership of LEC. Each one brings a unique set of skills and knowledge to the Board. Collectively, they are responsible for establishing, reviewing, and revising corporate policies to ensure that LEC continues to keep service to the membership foremost in mind, while maintaining a stable, yet competitive, position in the industry.

The members of the Board of Trustees for LEC know about the need to stay involved with our communities. They know the necessity of running LEC in a responsible fashion. They know that the members come first. How do they know? Because they are LEC members who live and work right here in LEC's service territory and they are dedicated to making life a little better for us all.

LEC's service area is divided into two districts, each of which has at least one representative on the board. Board members serve three-year terms with three or four trustees elected at each Annual Meeting.

LEC's current Board of Trustees:

  • Mike Workman - President
    • North District
    • Trustee since 1989
    • Term expires 2020
  • Wesly Loughman - Vice President
    • North District
    • Trustee since 2013
    • Term expires 2020
  • Courtney Pluid - Secretary
    • North District
    • Trustee since 2010
    • Term expires 2018
  • Myra Appel
    • South District
    • Trustee since 2015
    • Term expires 2020
  • Becky Evins
    • North District
    • Trustee since 2018
    • Term expires 2019
  • Joel Graves
    • North District
    • Trustee since 2011
    • Term expires 2018
  • Marianne Roose
    • North District
    • Trustee since 1989
    • Term expires 2020
  • Tina Taurman
    • South District
    • Trustee since 2006
    • Term expires 2019
  • Troy Truman
    • North District
    • Trustee since 2018
    • Term expires 2019
  • Ethel White
    • North District 
    • Trustee since 1997
    • Term expires 2018