Webb Named Oklahoma YLC Delegate
Each year on the Rural Electric Youth Tour, cooperative delegates are given the opportunity to be selected for the prestigious NRECA Youth Leadership Council. One student from each state is selected to represent their state during the coming year. At the Oklahoma Youth Tour Banquet in June, Northfork Electric Youth Tour delegate Gabe Webb was named Oklahoma’s 2017 YLC representative.
“I’m so excited! I wanted this so bad!” an ecstatic Webb reacted upon finding out he had been chosen.
Webb, along with other Oklahoma cooperative delegates, completed an application process from which thirteen finalists were named. Those finalists were then interviewed by a panel of judges who selected Webb as Oklahoma’s YLC Delegate. While on Youth Tour, Webb was again recognized for his achievement during the national Youth Day program in Washington, D.C.
Throughout his term, Webb will attend cooperative events around the state and country learning about and working with the nation’s cooperative network. Webb recently returned from a trip back to Washington, D.C. last month where he attended a leadership workshop that focused primarily on the electric cooperative industry. He will also attend NFEC’s 78th Annual Meeting, Oklahoma’s statewide meeting and the NRECA annual meeting.
Members of the YLC play an important role during NRECA’s Annual Meeting. Not only are the YLC members recognized on stage, but they also have a hands-on experience with virtually every facet of the meeting including the resolutions process and helping members communicate with their legislators.
“I couldn’t be more grateful and honored to take part in this incredible opportunity,” Webb said. “I look forward to meeting so many people and connecting with cooperative leaders.”
Webb said he pledges to represent Oklahoma and the Northfork Electric membership to the best of his ability. Oklahoma Youth Tour coordinator Stacey Howeth said YLC leaders not only give back, but they also gain invaluable experiences along the way.
“Youth Leadership Council members leave more poised, confident and a better developed leader with a strong desire to improve their communities and make their country a better place,” she said. “Further, they leave having built life-long friendships with other student leaders from across the country.”
Although Northfork Electric has had many outstanding Youth Tour delegates over the years, Gabe is the first cooperative representative to be chosen for this national position.
Elk City High School senior Gabe Webb will work with Oklahoma and national cooperatives throughout the coming year.