“I want to let you know that co-op nation certainly recognizes the October snowstorm that came through and devastated families and farms and members that you know and love and care about,” said Nolan, president of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA).
Nolan continued by telling a story of heavy loss he and his family suffered years ago when they were growing apples in Arizona. He spoke of a week they were ready to harvest, when a terrible hail storm devastated the largest crop he had ever set.
“There was piles of ice, there was buckets of ice,” he said. “I kind of looked toward heaven and said, ‘That wasn’t nice. That wasn’t nice at all.’”
But the morning after the storm, Nolan’s wife reminded him of the blessings they still had: their children, supportive family and joys throughout the previous year.
As he spoke to Annual Meeting attendees, he wanted them to know that those who suffered terrible cattle losses during the October storm will overcome.
“We made it through that year. We paid the bank back. We were able to go again,” Nolan said. “That perspective of, think of the things we did have, not what we had lost, helped me make it through that challenging time.”
Read more about Nolan in our annual meeting reporting: Keynote Speaker Curtis Nolan