Charles A. (Charlie) Smith, Arlington, has been selected to the board of directors of RushShelby Energy Rural Electric Cooperative. He will fill the unexpired term of Robert White, Carthage, who retired from the district 4 seat earlier this year.
Smith is a life-long Rush County resident and works fulltime in the family farming operation. A graduate of Rushville High School and the Purdue University Agricultural Short Course, Smith brings a history of community involvement to the board. He currently is a member of the Rush County Council, Rush County Ag Association board, Posey Township Fire Department, Rush County Community Foundation board, and is a member of the Main Street Christian Church.
RushShelby Energy is governed by a nine member board of directors elected by their fellow member/owners of the cooperative. District 4 includes the territory in Rush County north of Rushville, except Union Township and areas of Henry and Hancock counties. Smith will be eligible to run for a full three year term during the 2014 annual meeting.
As a director, Smith will help set the policies and direction of the cooperative which serves nearly 15,000 member/owners in a nine county area. The board is responsible for establishing an annual operating budget in excess of $42 million.
Charlie, and his wife Lurinda, are the parents of two grown children. He lists NASCAR and watching basketball as his hobbies.