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Pioneering Members of First Electric

Pioneering Members of First Electric

Posted on July 30th, 2021

In 1937, five men banded together and formed the very first electric cooperative in the state – hence our name First Electric Cooperative. Pioneering the way for First Electric were R.L. Henry, J.J. Todd, Leo H. Rogers, C.W. Robinson, and C.A. Fawcett. They were the first members and elected officers of the cooperative.

I use the word pioneer because they paved the way for electricity in rural areas of central Arkansas, allowing homes, farms and businesses to grow and prosper. Today we are fortunate to have board members who put the business of the co-op and their members ahead of their own interests.

Larry Wood is a great example. Wood has been a member of the First Electric Cooperative Board of Directors since 1975 representing members in the Jacksonville district. He previously served as vice chairman and as secretary/treasurer.

“Living and working in the Cabot/Jacksonville district has given me the unique opportunity to meet a lot of the First Electric members,” Wood said. “Many have become good friends, lifetime friends.”

The years of Cooperative Board service, coupled with years as a farmer and businessman, produced insights and understanding that Wood is able to draw upon as we consider decisions that impact the future.

Training and continuing education are key to staying in tune with the electric utility industry. Wood has completed his Credentialed Cooperative Director training and received his Board Leadership Certificate. He plans to continue his education through courses provided by NRECA at state and national levels.

Outside of the co-op Larry also serves on the Centennial Bank Board of Directors in Cabot, is a member of the Arkansas Cattleman’s Association and a lifelong member of Cabot United Methodist Church. He was raised in the Cabot area and still resides in northern Lonoke County with his wife, Irma, on their farm raising cattle and hay.

If you see him on his tractor working on the farm, honk and wave! His service to you – our members – runs deep.

Rick Love, Chairman

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