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Youth 11


50-Year Reunion Celebration of Youth Tour


The Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives,


in conjunction with Oklahoma Electric Cooperative and the participating electric cooperatives across the state, is coordinating a 50-year Reunion Celebration of the Washington, D.C. Youth Tour program on July 20, 2013, in Oklahoma City. Senator Lyndon B. Johnson inspired the Youth Tour when he addressed the National Rural


Electric Cooperatives Association (NRECA) Annual Meeting in Chicago in 1957. The Senator and future president declared, "If one thing goes out of this meeting, it will be sending youngsters to the national capitol where they can actually see what the flag stands for and represents." Consequently, some Texas electric cooperatives sent groups of young people to Washington to work


during the summer in Johnson’s office. In 1958, a rural electric co-op in Iowa sponsored the first group of 34 young people on a week-long study tour of the nation’s capital. Later that same year a busload came to Washington from Illinois. The idea grew and finally, in 1964, NRECA began to coordinate joint activities among the state delegations and suggested co-op representatives from each state arrange to be in Washington, D.C. during Youth Tour week. That tradition continues today, almost 50 years later. More than 1,500 students and 250 chaperones


participate in the Youth Tour annually with over 70 students from Oklahoma attending each year. OEC was one of the early participating co-ops. In all, Oklahoma’s electric cooperatives have sponsored over 2,600 students since 1964. All former Youth Tour alumni are invited to the reunion in Oklahoma City. The exact location is yet


to be determined but updates will be sent as soon as plans are confirmed. Each sponsoring cooperative, including OEC, is working to find and inform former participants and reunion registration information will be available on the OAEC website at www.oaec.coop after the first of the year. There is no charge for former Youth Tour participants to attend the reunion and only a nominal fee for their guests. You can also join the Facebook group by searching for


"Oklahoma Youth Tour 50 Year Reunion." The program plans include visits from Randy Dwyer,


NRECA’s Youth Tour director, and other speakers. A photo booth will be available to take party pics and an all-year photo video is planned. Lunch will be included and there will be awards given during the program. If you need further information or would like to share the contact information of a former participant or chaperone, please contact Jennifer Dempsey at 607-0161 or jdempsey@oaec.coop.


OEC News Magazine | November 2012


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