On Tuesday, Oct. 22, Rural Electric Convenience Cooperative (RECC) Attorney Jerry Tice was presented with the Illinois Cooperative Council’s (ICC) Friend of Cooperatives Award during the cooperative’s board of directors meeting.

The award is one of four presented through the ICC, a statewide organization dedicated to promoting a positive business climate for cooperatives, increasing the public’s understanding and awareness of the value of cooperatives and recognizing excellence exhibited by Illinois cooperative businesses.

The recipient of this award must have demonstrated an exceptional degree of involvement as a cooperative friend in assisting cooperatives. Such involvement must have demonstrated an ability to focus on key issues involving cooperatives and on successful efforts to assist in problem analysis and solving. The recipient should exhibit excellent abilities in communications, organization and innovation in assisting cooperatives.

Tice has been RECC’s cooperative attorney since 1996. For more than 23 years, He has worked with the Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives and several Illinois electric cooperatives regarding complex legal issues such as franchise agreements, service area agreements, Electric Supplier Act questions and territorial boundary issues, all of which have helped to preserve the cooperative business model and further excellence in cooperatives.

He is a long-standing member of the firm Grosboll, Becker, Tice & Barr. He started his practice in 1967 after graduating from the University of Illinois College of Agriculture in 1962 and the University of Illinois College of Law in 1996.

Tice is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association and the Petersburg Rotary Club. He is married to Janene and they have three children – Neil, Mark and Julie, and three granddaughters.

Photo: Rural Electric Convenience Cooperative Attorney Jerry Tice is presented with the Cooperative Friend Award from Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives Vice President of Member Services Nancy R. McDonald on behalf of the Illinois Cooperative Council.