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A SUPPLEMENT TO OKLAHOMA LIVING


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OCTOBER 2012 | VOLUME 63 ISSUE 10 | PUBLISHED FOR MEMBERS OF TRI-COUNTY ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE


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LIVEWIRE Annual meeting successful


BY JULIANN GRAHAM, Communications Specialist T


More members attended the cooperative’s 2012 annual meeting than any other annual meeting in its history. More than 700 members attended the meeting and about 1,700 people total were present. This record attendance combined with active dialogue during the question and answer session to make the meeting one of the most successful ever.


“This was the best annual meeting we’ve ever had and I’ve been here for 33 of them,” CEO Jack Perkins said. “The participation by our members was super. Regardless of the outcome of the vote on the proposed bylaw changes, it was a very successful meeting.”


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While the majority of members present at the meeting voted yes for the bylaw changes, the state statute requires two- thirds approval so they did not pass.


The vote on the bylaw changes is one of the hallmarks of the cooperative principle


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“People who receive their electricity from investor-owned utilities do not have the opportunity to voice their opinion and vote on proposed changes,” Jack Perkins said. “They just happen.”


“We took all questions asked during the meeting to heart, addressing them individually where necessary,” he said. "That's another benefit of local cooperative leadership, we are here for you. It’s the cooperative way.” 


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