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We regret to inform you that South Plains Electric Cooperative’s Annual Membership Meeting scheduled for September 8 at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center has been cancelled out of an abundance of caution for the health of our members and local communities during this pandemic.
Like other electric co-ops, South Plains Electric Cooperative is guided by an elected board of directors that represents its members when making important decisions. Being a member of the Co-op’s board is an important and highly responsible position in the community, and directors invest a considerable amount of time and energy in overseeing the Cooperative business.
A director’s decisions affect issues such as service rates, rights-of-way and capital credits, as well as strategic planning, financials and work plans. The post requires savvy, selfless people who understand their local community’s needs and work to represent the members’ best interests.
Education and training is one of our Cooperative Principles, and electric co-op boards benefit from access to a variety of training and certification resources. The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association offers training for directors to achieve national benchmarks such as Credentialed Cooperative Director or Board Leadership certifications. Through these programs, directors gain substantial knowledge on topics such as the electric industry, technology, governance, risk management, rate-setting and policy development. Providing industry-specific training for all board members provides continuity and a depth of knowledge necessary for overseeing the Cooperative business.
District 4: David Gossett, from Slaton, is a Slaton High School graduate and attended West Texas State University and Texas Tech University. He is a farmer and an agriculture chemical dealer. David is married to Kathy and they have two grown children. David has served on the South Plains Electric Cooperative board for six years and is a Credentialed Cooperative Director as certified by NRECA. He has also served on the Slaton ISD Board of Trustees for 16 years and served as board chairman for 13 years. David served on the Slaton Co-op Gin Board for more than 20 years and is currently serving as board chairman. The Gossetts are members of First Baptist Church of Slaton where David serves as a deacon.
District 6: Lloyd Arthur, from Ralls, is a Ralls High School graduate and attended Western Texas College and Texas Tech University. He is a fifth-generation farmer. Lloyd is married to Angela and they have four children, David, Brady, MaKayla and Jadeyn. Lloyd has served on several boards and committees, including: Crosby County Crops, Rio Blanco SWCD, Crosby County NRCS, Cotton Incorporated and Crosby County Farm Bureau. Lloyd says these experiences have given him the knowledge and education needed to serve the SPEC membership. The Arthurs are members of First United Methodist Church in Ralls.
District 9: Glenn Jones, from Spur, is a Crosbyton High School graduate. He is a rancher and retired from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Glenn is married to Leanora and they have two children. Glenn served 17 years on the former Dickens Electric Cooperative Board as vice president. Since Dickens EC merged with South Plains Electric Cooperative in 1999, Glenn has continued to serve the membership on the board. He is a Credentialed Cooperative Director as certified by NRECA and has his NRECA Board Leadership Certificate. He has also served on the Brazos Electric Cooperative Board for over 17 years and served on the San Miguel Electric Cooperative Board. The Joneses are members of Crosbyton Church of Christ.
District 11: Larry Browning, from Childress, graduated from Childress High School and Tarleton State University with a Bachelor of Science in agriculture. He is a rancher. Larry is married to Lesa and they have two daughters, Amanda and Emily. Larry has served on the South Plains Electric Cooperative Board for 12 years. In addition to his Co-op service, Larry is a past member of the Childress ISD School Board, has served and organized Ag Day on the Childress County Ag Committee, is involved with 4-H and FFA and has served as an adult horse judging team leader. The Brownings are members of First Baptist Church of Childress.