The 2019 ORECA Mid-Year Meeting was held in July at Riverhouse on the Deschutes in Bend. The two-day ORECA conference focused on a variety of issues: from disaster planning and wildfire mitigation to communications and the recently concluded Oregon Legislative Assembly. More than 100 Oregon electric co-op leaders and associate members were in attendance.

One of the highlights of the meeting was Hood River Electric Cooperative joining the national trade association. NRECA Board President Curtis Wynn presented a signed NRECA resolution welcoming HREC into the network. From left are National Rural Electric Cooperative Association Board President Curtis Wynn, Hood River General Manager Libby Calnon, Roger Nelson, Hood River Director Doug Mahurin and Oregon NRECA Director Bryan Wolfe.
Oregon Emergency Management Director Andrew Phelps discussed disaster planning for events such as the Cascadia Earthquake.
ORECA Executive Director Ted Case, right, interviewed Sen. Tim Knopp, left, about the Oregon Legislative Assembly and his time in Idaho during the Republican walkout over cap and trade.
Former Denver Bronco great Karl Mecklenberg talked about his career and his seven keys to success.
Central Electric CEO Dave Markham, left, and ORECA Director Ted Case, right, presented Rep. Mike McLane with the ORECA Lifetime Achievement Award. McLane is leaving the Legislature for a state court judgeship.
ORECA President Dave Schneider, right, presented former Rep. Gene Whisnant and his wife, Josie, with the ORECA Lifetime Achievement Award.

 

Mike Mattix of Federated Insurance discussed wildfire policy in the Western U.S.