It was less than a year ago that Ron Onesti’s third term on the Central Wisconsin Electric Cooperative’s (CWEC) Board of Directors as the Director at Large came to an end. He couldn’t run again because the Director at Large has a limit of three terms.
At the time, Onesti didn’t realize his time off the board would last only a few months. He was reelected to the board at the April 27 Annual Meeting. He was the only person on the ballot for the seat vacated by Anthony Buss, Jr., who retired from the board and did not seek reelection.
Onesti said he initially ran to become a CWEC Director 10 years ago because he had served on several other boards, and wanted to get involved.
If there wouldn’t have been a limit on the number of terms the Director at Large could serve, Onesti said he would have run again last year. So, when the opportunity presented itself for Onesti to return to the CWEC board, he didn’t hesitate to pursue that opportunity.
“It’s been a good and educational job over the years,” Onesti said. “I’ve met a lot of nice people through all the different co-ops.”
One thing Onesti said he is looking forward to upon returning to the board is continuing to work with CWEC’s partial ownership of the West Riverside Center.
“We made a big investment there three to four years ago. It was a scary investment, but it’s starting to pay off,” Onesti said.
After attending his first CWEC Board meeting in several months, Onesti said it was good to see the other directors again.
He added that it shouldn’t take him long to get up to speed since he was recently on the board, and he has already attended classes designated for new directors.
Welcome to the board, Ron.