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The OEC Family Album MAX A. MEEK


CEOAND GENERAL MANAGER Another year is coming to a close, and if you are like


me, you're wondering where the time went. As I write this in late November the temperature is in the mid- seventies. No wonder I can't believe the year is almost over—it feels like the beginning of autumn outside.


As we do every year, we have dedicated the


December OEC News to photographs of employees. Some call it our yearbook, but I like to think of it as our family album. As the years pass I see my family grow and change. I see hair colors change (and sometimes disappear), last names change as marriages occur, titles change with promotions and transfers; I see my family age—as have I.


This is the last year my friends Gary Hickman and


Angie Ellison will appear in the OEC family album. They are both retiring at the end of the year. Gary has given 35 years to OEC while Angie has been with us for 29. We already said goodbye to Flossie Vaughn in August after 31 years of service.


But new faces take the place of the familiar. We've


added four new family members this year. We have 16  Your co-op family will continue to grow and thrive just like the communities we serve.


I invite you to take a look at the 2012 OEC family


album beginning on page 7. As an OEC member-owner, this is your family album, too; these people are your friends and neighbors as you are ours.


I wish every one of you a Merry Christmas and a very joyous new year. December 2012 3 December 2012


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