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The North Dakota Association of Rural Electric Cooperatives (NDAREC) presented Vern Dosch, president and CEO of National Information Solutions Cooperative (NISC), with the Helping Hand Award at its 77th annual meeting on Jan. 21, 2020. The award recognizes faithful friends and strong supporters of North Dakota’s electric cooperatives. 

“Vern Dosch is a true friend of North Dakota's electric cooperatives and cooperatives across the country. He is a servant leader who exemplifies the values and principles that we as cooperatives hold in high regard. It’s been a great honor and privilege to work alongside and learn from someone like Vern, who is a great example of how to lead with integrity,” says NDAREC General Manager and Vice President Josh Kramer. 

Under Dosch’s leadership, NISC has helped North Dakota's electric cooperatives by providing software solutions specifically tailored to electric cooperatives. These solutions enable electric cooperatives to improve efficiencies, implement new technologies, improve communication and save money, all of which helps cooperatives to better serve their members. 

A strong advocate of the cooperative business model, Dosch is dedicated to celebrating its success. In his book, Wired Differently, he demonstrates the impact servant leadership and the cooperative business model can have on an organization. His book has since been developed into a class, taught at the University of Mary, which helps increase awareness of the cooperative business model. A true servant leader, Vern has never earned a profit from the book. Proceeds go to a benevolence fund that helps NISC employees in distress. 

Over the years, Dosch has earned the respect of many of his peers. He is a strong representative of North Dakota’s electric cooperatives and a living example of cooperative values at work. NDAREC congratulates him on receiving the Helping Hand Award.

Every year, NDAREC recognizes individuals for their generous contributions to North Dakota’s electric cooperatives and the communities they serve. An eight-member committee of the NDAREC board of directors selects award recipients from nominations submitted by NDAREC’s members, which includes 16 electric distribution cooperatives and five generation and transmission cooperatives. 

NDAREC is the statewide trade association for 16 electric distribution cooperatives and five generation and transmission cooperatives operating in North Dakota. The distribution cooperatives provide electricity to more than 250,000 North Dakotans. NDAREC services include legislative advocacy, line worker safety training and professional development services, cooperative business development and communication services including publication of North Dakota Living magazine.