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2 Kilowatt  OCTOBER 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


Wendy Putman 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


We'll help your business take the next step.


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television station touts a program that travels around the state showing why Oklahoma is a great


state. Lately, I’ve been thinking about why we live here. We complain about the weather: It’s too hot, too dry, too dusty, the red dirt stains our clothing, tornadoes come and go, windstorms accompany every rain shower, lake water is too low, and the lightning  grasshoppers, and army worms either eat our plants or sting our bodies.


 what keeps us here?


I can’t speak for everyone, but for me, it’s the wide-open spaces. As a  populated rural spaces, and clean and clear air, to be a true blessing. I grew up 60 miles east of Chicago and I understand the meaning of smog, over-population, nosey parks, and crowded streets. At night, I appreciate the ability to walk out my door to view the stars. I have a dog that roams the backyard like a  on my house, and an occasion a red fox bounces through the front lawn in search of a new adventure. Even


better are the friends, employees and Kiwash Electric member-owners  and understand the meaning of community.


I have come to the conclusion that the Oklahoma rural lifestyle is worth every penny in spite of the sometimes negative weather inconveniences. Kiwash Electric is a blessed cooperative. Blessed by a strong economy when other sections of the country are still in a recession; blessed by an ever expanding, growing membership thanks to members re-staking their claim and moving back into rural areas; blessed by the oil and gas industry's willingness to work with us by connecting new electric loads such as well sites, compressor stations and plants; and blessed by the member- owners that we serve who appreciate a cooperative with only 2.1 meters per mile that still has reasonable electric rates and can successfully compete with the third largest electric utility in the nation.


Every year I have a wonderful opportunity to talk with eighth grade students from across the state at Oklahoma's YouthPower


Energy Camp, and discuss a typical manager’s role in the electric cooperative system. Energy camp is a fun, week-long event that offers a basic education of electric cooperatives from generator to meter. Throughout my presentation, I make the campers stand up and yell “I Love My Co-op!” It's a welcome break from my normal routine. I encourage them to become more aware of their cooperative, and maybe consider it as a future career choice.


Kiwash Electric exists to provide good service at reasonable prices in areas that our competitors would never have entered 70 years ago. Our goal is good customer service through knowledgeable and dedicated employees. We are not perfect people and we make mistakes from time to time as we all do; but we try our hardest to please our members.


We have much to be thankful for— life is good! We are blessed with a great place to live and, of course, I love my co-op!


Great place. Great co-op. Rural lifestyle offers much to be thankful for


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