Curtis Nolan is President of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. His recent address at the NRECA Annual Meeting in Nashville, Tennessee is highlighted in the March/April edition of Currents, a publication of Silver Springs Valley Electric Co-op. In the speech, Nolan referenced a life lesson that he experienced as a boy that taught him a deeper meaning of stewardship.
The Nolan family moved to the Willcox area in 1982, where Curits and Julie raised seven children, along with apples and other crops. After more than 20 years of farming, Curtis founded Nolan Builders, acting as general contractor for building and remodeling projects in Cochise and Graham Counties.
Throughout those years, Nolan has also served the community. He served as a member of the board of directors for Sulphur Springs Valley Electric Cooperative beginning in 1993, which tenure included a term as president. He has since been on the board of directors of the nonprofit NRECA (for 12 years) and is currently president of that body. His commitment to duty is clear.
Nolan is also the President of the St. David Arizona Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This position also carries great accountability; Nolan responsible for the administration of the Church in the St. David area, and for the welfare of more than three thousand members who live within the stake boundaries. Here he also has the opportunity to employ the lessons he has learned about stewardship and to seek ways to improve people’s lives.
As President noted in his address to the NRECA convention, there are many lessons to be learned from our own experiences, but we must also remember those who blazed trails and established footholds before us. “People did things for others. We cannot forget that.” It is obvious that in all aspects of his life, Curtis Nolan remembers.