Don Worth, Vermont Electric Cooperative (VEC) District 1 director from Island Pond, was recently presented with a National Rural Electric Cooperatives Association (NRECA) certificate in recognition of his having completed the Credentialed Cooperative Director (CCD) program. The presentation was made by VEC Board President Tom Bailey at the regular Board meeting on Jan. 27 at VEC headquarters in Johnson.

The CCD is awarded to those directors who have successfully completed a prescribed course of study by taking classes available in various locations. Worth attended classes in Cooperstown, N.Y.; Nashville, Tenn.; Plymouth, N.H. and Sebasco Estates, Maine, which took him a little over a year to complete. Worth was elected to the VEC Board of Directors in May of 2010 for a one year term and was re-elected in May of 2011 for a full four-year term.

The Credentialed Cooperative Director (CCD) curriculum consists of courses designed to provide basic knowledge and skills required of cooperative directors. The CCD Certificate is earned by attending all required courses and successfully completing a learning assessment for each.

"The courses were very beneficial," said Worth, "I always enjoy acquiring knowledge that increases my effectiveness to serve on the VEC Board of Directors."

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Sue Engel has been selected as IROC's new Healthy Changes Coordinator. Engel has been employed at IROC since 2006 and has been assistant coordinator for the past year.

"Sue brings excitement and commitment to the program and the many people it serves." said Phil White, executive director. Engel added, "I have been involved in one way or another in our Healthy Changes Initiative since its inception."

The Healthy Changes Initiative is a groundbreaking "use it or lose it" discounted membership and exercise program focusing on people suffering from chronic conditions such as diabetes, obesity, heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis, MS, fibromyalgia as well as cancer patients and survivors and all seniors 65 years old or older.

Engel lives with her husband, Robert Engel, in North Troy.

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