District Meetings to be Held in Early January

Registration begins at 6:30 p.m. 

Meeting at 7 p.m.

Monday, January 4 ­— District 3

Tuesday, January 5 ­— District 5

Thursday, January 7 — District 2


Oconto Electric Co-op’s service area is divided into seven geographic districts and each one is served by a director. Every three years the term of the director from either two or three of the seven districts expires.

A district meeting is held primarily to get nominations to fill the new term. OEC members interested in being elected to the board are nominated at their district meeting. At least one, but no more than two people, can be on the ballot to run for director from a district. If more than two people are nominated to run for director, an election will be held at the district meeting. The two people receiving the most votes will be placed on the ballot for the general election, which is held at the co-op’s annual meeting on April 9. The 2016 district meetings will be held in Districts 2, 3, and 5.

District 2

The incumbent director in District 2 is David Hischke. The meeting will be held Thursday, January 7, 2016, at How Community Center, on State Hwy 32 west of the Village of Suring. Registration begins at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting at 7 p.m. District 2 includes members in the township of Bagley, Breed, How, Maple Valley and Underhill in Oconto County and the Menominee Reservation.

District 3

The incumbent director in District 3 is Tony Wagner. The meeting will be held Monday, January 4, 2016, at St. John Lutheran Church, 2274 County Road C in Morgan Township. Registration begins at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting at 7 p.m. District 3 consists of the Townships of Gillett and Morgan in Oconto County and Angelica, Green Valley, Washington and Wescott in Shawano County.

District 5

The incumbent director in District 5 is Ken Cisar. The meeting will be held Tuesday, January 5, 2016, at First American Lutheran Church, 511 Madison Street in Oconto. Registration begins at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting at 7 p.m. District 5 consists of the townships of Grover in Marinette County and Little River, Oconto and Pensaukee in Oconto County. It also includes sections 1-18 in Stiles Township and that part of Little Suamico Township that lies in T26N-R21E also in Oconto County.

All members within each district will receive a special invitation to the meeting late in December. All OEC members are welcome to attend a district meeting, but only the members from the specific district will be eligible to vote.

After the meeting a hot lunch is served and door prizes are awarded. At the end of each meeting a name will be drawn to win $100 cash!

OEC Employees Distribute $10,000 to Two Local Charities

OEC Check Presentation for Employee Charity

Oconto Falls, WI; September 16, 2015 – Oconto Electric Cooperative (OEC) employees distributed a total of $10,000 to two local charities. Lena Public Library and Little Hearts for Life, Inc. Each spring the OEC employees choose a charity to raise money for throughout the year. Money was raised by the employees through employee lunches, candy bar sale, bake sale, raffle, and an employee golf outing.

Amy Peterson & Byron Lena Library
OEC’s CEO Byron Nolde distributes $5,000 to Lena Public Library director Amy Peterson.

Lena Public Library was granted $5,000. The grant money will update their adult and child non-fiction section. The books will range from health, dieting, cookbooks, crafts, decorating, quilting, do-it-yourself projects, autobiographies, poetry and more.

Lena Public Library belongs to Outagamie Waupaca Library System (OWLSnet), a consortium of 49 public libraries in northeast Wisconsin. OWLSnet allows library patrons to borrow books, music and movies from other libraries if they are not available at their library. So not only will Lena benefit from the new books, but so will other neighboring libraries.

Little Hearts for Life, Inc. was granted $5,000. Little Hearts for Life, Inc. is a non-profit organization that was started in 2013 by Joel and Ginny O’Harrow of Oconto Falls. In 2009 the O’Harrow’s fourth son Gannon was born at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin in Milwaukee with a Congenital Heart Defects (CHD). By the time Gannon was 5 months old he had already undergone three open-heart surgeries and at 14 months of age he received a heart transplant.

Randi Maloney Ginny OHarrow & Byron Little Hearts
OEC’s CEO Byron Nolde distributes $5,000 to Little Hearts for Life, Inc. secretary Randi Maloney and founder Ginny O’Harrow.

Little Hearts for Life, Inc.’s mission is to bring awareness to and educate the public about CHD, to fund ongoing research, and to ultimately help change lives of those living with congenital heart disease. The money will be given to Milwaukee Children’s Hospital strictly for Chronic Heart Disease research. Little Hearts for Life, Inc. raised an additional $35,000 this year at their annual corn roast.

Since 2004, Oconto Electric Employee Charity has awarded $56,000 to charities and organizations such as Home Respite Care, Old Glory Honor Flight, Oconto Police K9 Unit, and local schools.