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Powerful Living OSU Pres. Speaks to Co-op Leaders Find Your Purpose In the Editor’s Words I Photo by Jeff Joiner


Oklahoma State University (OSU) President Burns Hargis was one of the speakers at the Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives’ Directors’ Association winter meeting. Hargis spoke about the growing partnership between Oklahoma electric co-ops and OSU’s National Energy Solution’s Institute.


If viewing our digital edition, click here for a video on Hargis’ presentation. Access our digital edition at www.ok-living.coop or fi nd our FREE app at the Apple Newsstand.


People’s Electric Co-op Receives National Community Award


People’s Electric Cooperative (PEC), Ada, Okla., received the 2012 Community Excellence award at the 2012 Rural Smart Grid Summit (RSGS) for selfless contributions and continued work within its community. RSGS has a unique format focused on peer-to-peer interaction through private boardroom meetings where up to 120 rural electric cooperative executives aggregate to discuss technological advances and solutions in Smart Grid technologies with Summit vendors. The award was voted on by the Smart Grid Summit advisory board made up of utility executives, industry analysts, senior executives from technology companies and as- sociation representatives.


This year, PEC teamed up with the Chickasaw Nation Medical Center and Valley View Regional Hospital to host a two-day community blood drive resulting in 276 donors that will touch 837 lives. PEC also took part in CoBank’s “Sharing Success” Grant pro- gram which helped Valley View Regional Hospital facili- tate the purchase of a MapCHECK diode array and software system. The MapCheck device delivers higher doses of radiation without impacting nearby normal tis- sue of local cancer patients.


“It is a great honor to have our efforts selected as one of the best in the country at a world class event like RSGS,” PEC’s Executive Vice-President and CEO Randy Ethridge said. “It is even more rewarding to contribute to the well-being of our member-owners and that of our local community. Through hard work and determina- tion to better our community and more importantly, someone else’s chance of living, we hope to have saved many lives and touched countless others.”


t’s a new year, and for many of us, it’s a time to refl ect upon the past 12 months and set new goals. Call it resolution, call it a dream, we all have had the desire to do better; to be better. The new year for me always comes with a feeling of renewal and freshness. Growing up in South America, every New Year’s Eve my cousins and I would jump into the fam- ily ranch’s pool right at midnight. Then, we would spend the fi rst hours of the “new” day talking about our plans and desires for the coming year. It was a time to dream big. After all, at that point everything seemed possible and was—as we thought—within our reach.


Anna Politano Managing Editor, Oklahoma Living


Now, in my adult years, I no longer go jumping into a pool at midnight (although I would if I were in Brazil); but I have certainly not stopped dreaming as a new year unfolds.


You may have noticed some differences in this edition of Oklahoma


Living. The January 2013 edition features a redesign of our publication. We have changed the look of our name to a more concise logo; we have also added a slogan on our cover that reads“Powering the needs of new generations.”


A few months ago (October 2012) we featured the story of rural electrifi ca- tion in Oklahoma, and how nine of our electric cooperatives were born 75 years ago. Today, we understand that our magazine serves a new generation of co-op members. This generation has distinctive needs and a different pace of life than our pioneering members did decades ago. Because Oklahoma Living’s purpose is to inform and educate Oklahoma’s electric co-op mem- ber-owners, we want to keep pace with you, our readers. We want the co- operative message to be delivered in a way that is reader-friendly, creative and engaging. As you fl ip through the pages of this edition, you will see a redesigned Table of Contents, and a new design of our monthly features. The year 2013 marks Oklahoma Living’s 65th anniversary. We have been contemplating a redesign of our magazine for a while; however, our staff thought it would be fi tting to launch a new design as a celebration of this milestone. But what makes this redesign even more special is the fact that it has the “touch” of many of our readers. Over the past few months our staff hit the road and held focus groups at several co-ops across the state. We sat down with readers like you and had genuine conversations with them about this redesign. Many of the changes included in these pages came as a direct result of these focus groups. Is your life on the go? Not to worry! Remember, your edition of Oklahoma


Living is on the go, too! To access our editions from anywhere, download our interactive digital edition on your computer, or take us on your mobile device with our free app. Anytime you see an “OKL!” icon like the one contained in this column, it means you have access to digital bonus content that could either be a video or a bonus page available through our digital edition or app. We hope you will enjoy the enhancements in this redesign. For us at Oklahoma Living, we are not only celebrating a new year, but also our new look. What is not “new” is our passion and dedication to serve you. And, so for you, we wish the same. May you dream big this year, may you bring joy to those around you and may you fi nd your purpose. We know ours: to re-live the cooperative dream with the same passion, vigor and zeal that our pioneers had 75 years ago. By grabbing hold of this pur- pose, we will continue reaching new generations of consumers with the cooperative message. We’ve got our purpose. What’s yours?


JANUARY 2013


If viewing our digital edition, click here for a video on the purpose of rural electric cooperatives. Access our digital edition at www.ok-living.coop or fi nd our FREE app at the Apple Newsstand.


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