A&N Electric Cooperative members elected two of their peers to serve on the cooperative’s board of directors during its 82nd Annual Meeting, held on Aug. 25.

More than 1,600 cooperative members participated in this year’s election of directors through designated proxy. The election process was overseen and certified by the cooperative’s Credentials and Elections Committee which is independent of the board.

In District 1, Mark A. Hickman was elected. This district covers the northern areas of Accomack County from Parksley’s northern border to the Virginia/Maryland state line and includes Tangier and Smith islands.

In District 3, Addison W. Nottingham Jr. was re-elected. This district covers the area just north of Nassawadox, in the south, to just above Melfa in the north.

Both Hickman and Nottingham were unopposed in their elections to the board. Board members serve three-year terms.

The cooperative held its annual meeting at Eastern Shore Community College’s Workforce Development Center. The meeting was broadcast live on WESR for co-op members who were not able to attend in person.

In addition to the election of directors, the cooperative provided its members reports on its end-of-year financial status, updates on the cooperative continued to respond to COVID-19 and what’s ahead for the future of the co-op.

The cooperative announced at the meeting that it was seeking candidates in District 1 to fill the unexpired term of the late Robert L. Nock. The deadline to submit the required paperwork is Sept. 30.

Special Recognitions

Nottingham later presented resolutions to three longtime board representatives. Resolutions were presented to Yvonne Nock, widow of the late Robert L. Nock, who served as director of District 1 for 17 years. Nock recently served as the board’s secretary-treasurer.

Nottingham also presented a resolution to Edward Parks for his 18 years of service to the cooperative and its board. Parks announced earlier in the year that he would be stepping down as a director in District 1. Nottingham thanked Parks for his dedication to the cooperative’s membership and for his work on the Members Helping Members board.

Cooperative attorney Henry Custis Jr. was also presented a resolution for his 15 years of service as the cooperative’s counsel. Custis will step down from his post later this year.

“We will miss Henry’s wisdom and guidance,” Nottingham said.

—Report by Jay Diem, Coordinator, Communications and Public Relations, A&N Electric Cooperative