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Statement of Nondiscrimination


Every October Harmon Electric Association, Inc. along with other cooperatives around this great nation celebrate National Cooperative


Month. The celebration lasted even longer in 2012 with the United Nations-sanctioned International Year—a full year!— of Cooperatives. But what are we really celebrating? What makes Harmon Electric different, and why should that matter to YOU?


Our economy still has critical hurdles to overcome, so you may not feel like celebrating at all. But when our faith in big institutions has been shaken, it’s the perfect time to remember what we’ve already accomplished locally—all with a little cooperation. We’ve faced tough times before; 75 years ago our area


didn’t have electricity. Young folks were leaving en-masse to fi nd a brighter future in urban areas, and rural America was left in the dark. But instead of waiting for someone else to fi x our problem, we turned to each other. We built our own utility, and we powered our future. By our very nature, not-for-profi t, local, member-owned and -governed cooperatives like Harmon Electric empower members to improve their lives. And while bringing electricity to rural Southwest Oklahoma and North Texas was a big fi rst step, you, as our members, certainly didn’t stop there. By working with your cooperative you can make a big impact on the communities we serve. Ready to get involved? Attend our annual membership meeting April 5, 2013 at the Hollis Civic Center to let us know what issues are important to you. Follow us on Facebook to fi nd out when federal regulations might impact your electric bill, and help us stand up for our community’s right to affordable, safe, and reliable electricity. And you can always send me an e-mail at cpaxton@harmonelectric.com with ideas on how to be engaged with us and ways we can work together to support our community.


As we celebrate National Cooperative Month, thank you


for your efforts to strengthen our community. We want you to continue to stay involved as we build a better future together. The cooperative business model is a handy tool that lets us improve our quality of life. Find out more about YOUR cooperative at www.harmonelectric.com.


HARMON ELECTRIC ASSOCIATION, INC 114 North First Hollis, OK 73550


Operating in


Beckham, Harmon, Jackson, Kiowa and Greer Counties in Oklahoma and Hardeman and Childress Counties in Texas


Member of Western Farmers Electric Cooperative Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives National Rural Electric Cooperative Association National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative Texas Electric Cooperative, Inc. Oklahoma Rural Water Association, Inc.


HARMON ELECTRIC HI-LITES - Lisa Richard, Editor The Harmon Electric Hi-Lites is the publication of your local owned and operated rural electric cooperative, organized and incorporated under the laws of Oklahoma to serve you with low-cost electric power.


Charles Paxton ......................................................................................... Manager


BOARD OF TRUSTEES Pete Lassiter ..................................................................................................District 1 Jim Reeves ....................................................................................................District 2 Clinton Nesmith .............................................................................................District 3 Bob Allen .......................................................................................................District 4 Burk Bullington ..............................................................................................District 5 Jean Pence ....................................................................................................District 6 Billy R. Nowell ................................................................................................District 7 Charles Horton .............................................................................................. Attorney


Monthly Board of Directors meetings Held Fourth Thursday of Each Month


IF YOUR ELECTRICITY GOES OFF, REPORT THE OUTAGE


We have a 24-hour answering service to take outage reports and dispatch service- men. Any time you have an outage to report in the Hollis or Gould exchange area, call our offi ce at 688-3342. Any other exchange


area call toll free, 1-800-643-7769.


TO REPORT AN OUTAGE, CALL 688-3342 or 1-800-643-7769 ANYTIME


of Federal fi nancial assistance from the Rural Utilities Service, an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and is subject to the provisions of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, as amended, and the rules and regulations of the U.S. Department of Agriculture which provide that no person in the United States on the basis of race, color, national origin, age or handicap shall be excluded from participation in, admission or access to, denied the benefi ts of, or otherwise be subjected to discrimination under any of this organization’s programs or activities. The person responsible for coordinating this


organization’s nondiscrimination compliance efforts is Charles Paxton, General Manager/CEO. Any individual, or specifi c class of individuals, who feels that this organization has subjected them to discrimination may obtain further information about the statutes and regulations listed above from and/or fi le a written complaint with this organization; or the Secretary, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Washington, D.C. 20250; or the Administrator, Rural Utilities Service, Washington, D.C. 20250. Complaints must be fi led within 180 days after the alleged discrimination. Confi dentiality will be maintained to the extent possible.


Harmon Electric Association, Inc. is the recipient


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