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REPRESENTATION


‘We Shine as One’ is Theme of OAEC Annual Meeting


Just as VVEC has an annual


meeting for you to learn about the status of your cooperative, and issues affecting the elec- tric utility industry, so does the Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives hold an annual meeting for its member co-ops such as VVEC. Trustees, managers, and key


personnel from each of Okla- homa’s 28 distribution co-ops and two generation and transmission (G&T) co-ops attended the two- day meeting in Oklahoma City. Glenn English, chief executive


officer for the National Rural Elec- tric Cooperative Association, and former Oklahoma Congressman, told the crowd “Our Work isn’t Finished.” He reminded everyone of “the program,” of making life better for our members. “It’s about the quality of life,”


he said. “That’s why this program began. It’s about giving people the right to come together and empowering them to improve their quality of life.” Attendees also viewed a pre-


sentation on the International Year of the Co-op, as declared by the United Nations, and heard an historical account of the coopera- tive movement in Oklahoma by co-op member and long-time co- op advocate Larry Derryberry. Awards were given recogniz-


ing co-ops who have earned their safety accreditation, linemen who have completed training programs and become certified, and com- municators whose publications


May 2012 VVEC Power Circuit 3


and Web sites were recognized for achievement in excellence. Following a business meet-


ing the second day, the group adjourned to the state Capitol to


meet with legislators. The Oklahoma House of Rep-


resentatives adopted a resolution recognizing the impact made by the cooperative form of busi- ness as co-op delegates filled the House gallery. Following the reso- lution being read on the House floor, the Representatives recog- nized the large co-op delegation with a standing ovation.


Representatives David Derby, (above center) Dist. 74, and Marty Quinn (below center) Dist. 9, took time during their busy day to visit with VVEC trustees Vernon Lewis (left) and Jimmy Lambert at the Capitol.


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