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Harmon Electric exists because 74 years ago, a group of neighbors banded together to bring electricity—and along with it, prosperity and a better quality of life—to


the areas we serve. In 1935, just 10.9 percent of American farms nationwide had access to safe, reliable, affordable central station electric service; by the early 1950s, that number had jumped to nearly 90 percent, all thanks to the formation of electric co-ops. In the mid-1930s, rural Americans finally received the proper equipment, federal loans that provided start-up capital, and engineering guidance that was needed to provide themselves with central station electric service—that is, electricity from a utility, rather than self-generated by consumers. But many people around the world don’t have such support.


An estimated 2 billion people across the globe still live


without electricity, and another 2 billion must depend on unreliable and unsafe power, largely because of the lack of resources, political strife, rugged and remote terrain, and cultural hurdles. That’s where the American cooperative spirit once again


rises to the challenge. Electric co-ops like Harmon Electric support NRECA


International Programs, an affiliate of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) that takes on rural electrification projects in poor, rural villages around the world. NRECA International Programs turns 50 this month, and over the past half-century, hundreds of electric co-op volunteers, donors, and dedicated staffers have helped bring increased agricultural productivity, new sources of income, and an enhanced quality of life to more than 100 million people in 40-plus nations. Some electric co-ops donate equipment, like used transformers and bucket trucks. Some employees donate their time and expertise by traveling to distant countries to volunteer on line-building projects. Still others conduct annual workplace fundraising campaigns to support NRECA


International


Foundation, the 501(c)3 charitable organization of NRECA International Programs. All of these efforts aim at a common goal: Bringing light


and hope to rural residents in far-flung corners of our planet. Just as electric co-op pioneers did in our region back in the 1930s and ’40s, making communities a better place to live is what the cooperative difference is all about. We at Harmon Electric wish NRECA International Programs another 50 years of success.


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.


The termination of electric service during severe weather is of major concern to your electric cooperative. The following outline is to provide our members with an explanation of how Harmon Electric deals specifically with the discontinuance of electric service. At Harmon Electric Association the bills are mailed on the 25th day of the month. If the bill is not paid by the tenth day of the following month, a penalty of 1 ½% of the balance is added to the bill.


Rules For Cut-Off If unable to pay the bill the co-op will offer the following


option: 1. A listing of public service agencies available to assist eligible persons.


2. A deferred payment plan as calculated by Harmon Electric.


3. The opportunity to notify the Cooperative that a life- threatening situation exists. If the member hasn’t made arrangements for payment by the 25th of the following month, the Cooperative shall disconnect service. If the member, at the time of disconnect, wishes to pay by check, but has a history of dishonored checks, the Cooperative may contact the members bank for verification of sufficient funds before reconnecting the service. Below is a list of the Social Services Offices that can be contacted for financial aid for paying electric bills:


BECKHAM COUNTY Department of Human Services 312 E Madden Suites Sayre, OK 73662 (580) 928-4000


HARMON COUNTY Department of Human Services Court House - 1st Floor Hollis, OK 73550 (580) 688-3361


KIOWA COUNTY


Department of Human Services 430 S Main


Hobart, OK 73651 (580) 726-6500


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 office 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


GREER COUNTY


Department of Human Services 130 N. Oklahoma Mangum, OK 73554 (580) 782-1000


JACKSON COUNTY Department of Human Services 1220 North Grady Altus, OK 73521 (580) 480-3400


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