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REMA Member Services Summer Conference

6/14/2017 to 6/16/2017
When: June 14 - 16, 2017
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Where: Chase on the Lake Resort
502 Cleveland Blvd.
Walker, Minnesota  56484
United States

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 REMA Member Services Conference

Power Play the Co-op Way

June 14-16, 2017 Chase on the Lake, Walker



The REMA Member Services meetings are always an excellent opportunity to network with your peers from co-ops around the state to discuss what's going on in the public relations and communications area of the cooperative. Whether this involves rate increases or educating customers, you are on the front lines when it comes to customers and the tips and practices taught at these meetings are helpful for life back at your cooperative. 

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

12:30            REMA Registration Opens

1:00              Welcome – Tim Pavek, REMA Member Services President, Todd-Wadena Electric Cooperative

Technical Track Day


1:15              Leveraging Your Data for Better Decisions - Michelle Hansen, NISC


2:00 – 2:20    Break


2:20              Cold Climate Variable Speed Air Source Heat Pumps 

                            - Dean Havel: Electro Industries
                            - CEE Speaker:



4:00              Adjourn - Activities on Your Own

·       Chaser’s Bowling – Chase on the Lake has a small 2-lane bowling alley

·       Casino -

·       Shopping in Walker

·       Enjoy Leech Lake

·       Itasca State Park is only 40 miles:

6:30              Dinner on Your Own


Thursday, June 15, 2017


7:30              Breakfast


8:00              Welcome & Introductions
                     – Conference details and welcome of new members – Tim Pavek, REMA Member Services President, Todd-Wadena Electric Co-op


8:10              Living a Life of Impact – Annie Meehan (

9:00              Load Management Basics and Smart Thermostat Pilot Updates Mike Fosse, Dakota Electric Association

9:50              Break

10:00            Broadband & Rural Co-ops – What are the goals, pros and cons?
Stacy Cluff, Information Systems & Technology Manager, Mille Lacs Energy Cooperative
                       Ben Caruso, Energy Business Development Manager, Juniper Networks

11:00            Member Engagement & Touchstone Energy Update – Anne Harvey, Touchstone Energy

12:00            Lunch


1:00              Legislative Update & CIP Reform Working Group – Darrick Moe, MREA President and CEO

1:30              Enriched Social Media: The Missouri Electric Co-op Model - Andy Neidert, ARC Media (

2:30              Break

2:45              Interconnections by Members: best practices, what co-ops are doing and how they are handling - Kristi Robinson, STAR Energy

3:45              EVs: Charging Stations in Midwest, Mileage and Test Drives – Matthew Blackler, ZEF Energy

4:30              Adjourn

4:30 – 6:00 p.m.

                    Outdoor Vendor Reception with Chevy Bolt test drives, outdoor games and co-op prize give-a-ways.


Dinner on your own


8:30              Board Games – Bring your own snacks/beverages


Friday, June 16, 2017


Communication Day


7:30 a.m.     Breakfast


8:00 a.m.     Early checkout opportunity


8:30 a.m.     Social Media Panel

·       Discussion: What could expanded social media look like across Minnesota electric co-ops? Alison Deelstra, MREA

·       Crisis Events - Tami Zaun and Greg Schultzenberg, Lake Country Power


9:35 a.m.     Community Engagement Roundtables
                     Attendees: Please bring outline and brochures highlighting your community engagement and Operation Roundup initiatives.

10:15 a.m.   Break

10:30 a.m.   Co-op Difference & Youth Education Enrichment Ideas

·       First Book – Joyce Johannson

·       EmPOWER Youth Leadership - Carrie Law, Sioux Valley Energy

·       Co-ops Yes! Youth Leadership Program - Ethan Giebel, Government & Educational Services Director, Cooperative Network


11:45 a.m.   Wrap-up, Evaluations & Adjourn


About the Rural Electric Management Association (REMA)

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Chase on the Lake, 502 Cleveland Blvd W, Walker, MN 56484  

$139 (hotel rooms) or $199 (2br condo)

ROOM BLOCK CUT-OFF DATE:  May 22, 2017 (the group rate will continue to be honored after the block has been released, based on room availability).

RESERVATION METHOD:  Individual Call In to 888-242-7306. Mention Group Leader 44550. A credit card will be required at time of reservation.

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