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2 Kilowatt  MAY 2012 the INSIDE YOUR CO-OP


A Touchstone Energy Cooperative


By Dennis Krueger general manager


Kiwash Electric


Cooperative, Inc. Providing the service


that lights up your life.


Office Location PO Box 100


120 W. 1st Street


Cordell, Oklahoma (888) 832-3362


www.kiwash.coop


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Dennis Krueger manager


Gene Smith director of finance


Lisa Willard director of communications


Roy Dewees director of operations


Board of Trustees officers


Jack Sawatzky president


Robert Travis vice president


Virginia Walker sec.-treasurer


John Schaufele


asst. sec.-treasurer directors


Ralph Cunningham Leslie Hinds Rex Eagan


Cooperative is involved in the electric utility industry, which is changing rapidly with new technology and regulations. We are being pulled into being more environmental friendly by the federal government and certain so-called 'ecology' activists. Meanwhile, consumers are asking for affordable electric rates. The two will soon clash if we stay on our present political course.


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Kiwash and our nearly 900 sister electric cooperatives across the nation were founded on the grass roots principles of sweat equity, involvement, education and participation. Rural folks that founded the electric cooperative movement were willing to risk total involvement to move rural life from darkness and poverty into the light and prosperity. During the Depression of the 1930s cooperative pioneer, backed by an Executive Order from President Franklin D. Roosevelt on May 11, 1935, changed life in rural America.


ontinuing education is the key to understanding new and complicated issues. For instance, Kiwash Electric


After establishing a local cooperative, neighbors helped neighbors by hand-digging power pole holes with a unique set of tools called a banjo (a cup shaped shovel with long handles) and spoon (a straight bladed shovel with long handles). Those poles were hoisted into place by hand using homemade trough like gaffs with long handles. It was hard work and it took a community of friends working together to make it happen.


Electric co-ops and their boards now operate in an increasingly complex utility marketplace. Boards are challenged to address multiple large-scale issues, including rising costs, climate-change, power supply constraints, and heightened scrutiny of corporate governance practices — all within the context of a global economic crisis.


Thankfully, the Kiwash Electric board of directors have taken the time to re-educate themselves on these issues. Our national organization (NRECA) sponsors a wide range of education opportunities each year. These include courses and workshops for directors, executives and staff and


 electric co-ops to enhance effectiveness in serving their members.


All seven Kiwash directors have earned their cooperative director  three have successfully completed  (BLC) while networking and sharing solutions with fellow directors from co-ops across the country.


In this era of increased scrutiny of boards and directors, it is more important than ever for directors to understand their roles and responsibilities and to have the knowledge and skills to govern today’s cooperatives. NRECA’s director education programs are  learning needs of electric cooperative directors. Training courses offered  decision-making, strategic planning, and current and emerging issues. We believe the Kiwash directors are doing their part to keep pace with this ever changing industry.


Educating yourself beyond the norm Kiwash directors keep up with a rapidly changing industry


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