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Annual Meeting Focuses on the Cooperative Business Model


globally, as well as the history of Ozarks Electric. At the April 25 meeting, President/CEO, Mitchell Johnson said, “We are here today because we believe in the benefits of a community working together. We know we are stronger and can accomplish more when we are united. When we cooperate with each other - pool our resources and focus on a goal - we can accomplish anything.”


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Johnson pointed out that 29,000 American cooperatives serve more than one billion members around the world. Though electric cooperatives, like Ozarks, have power lines that cover 75 percent of the country, we serve only 12 percent of the American consumers. On a daily basis, electric cooperatives are delivering power to 42 million Americans in 47 states. The Year of Cooperatives is a chance for us to celebrate our legacy of innovation and to remind our members of what’s important in business - putting people first. Co-ops exist to meet the needs of our members - period!


“We all share a common set of principles and values; one of my favorites is concern for community. The key to our community’s strength lies within the opportunities our children have to succeed. That’s why we support the Electric Cooperative Youth Tour and why we provided $20,000 in educational scholarships for high school seniors, continuing our commitment to support our community’s future leaders,” Johnson continued. “Our employees are also committed to helping our communities thrive. I’m proud to report that in 2011 our employees raised $22,000 for the United Way. Because we put our members first, our rates are set simply to cover the cost of doing business, not to generate profits for distant stockholders. In 2012 we returned $1.8 million to our members in the form of capital credits. Life to date we have returned more than $36.4 million to our membership.”


Co-ops adapt quickly to change, and we work together to find solutions to improve service for our members. That’s the power of cooperation. Innovation takes many forms, from energy efficiency and renewable energy efforts to transforming the electric grid. Each innovative step builds a better community for all of us. Ozarks Electric puts people first. We’re innovative leaders in the utility industry and we are owned by the people we serve.


Drawings were held at the meeting to give away an iPad and a Kindle Touch to lucky members who had returned their ballots. Denise Murdoch was the winner of the iPad. She became a resident of Winfrey Valley in 1982 and later moved to West Fork. Denise has raised dairy goats as a hobby for the past 25 years. She has worked at the Washington County Extension Service for the past 20 years. She was very excited to win the iPad and said her teenage daughter was not going to be able to ‘talk her out of it.’ Ms. Roberta Woods has been an OECC member at the same location since 1946. She loves to read and said the Kindle would give her unlimited enjoyment. At 91 years young her sight is good and said there couldn’t be a better gift for her. The plus is she won’t have to make so many trips to the library or carry around heavy books to support her reading habit!


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ecause 2012 has been designated as International Year of Cooperatives, Ozarks Electric’s annual meeting focused on the strengths that the cooperative business model offer to its members and the impact it makes locally and


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