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Emerson Named as Next NRECA CEO


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uring its Winter Board Meeting the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s (NRECA) Board of Directors announced that U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson (R-Mo.) will assume the role of NRECA CEO effective March 1. Emerson, who will become the fifth CEO in NRECA’s 71-year history, will offi cially join the organization on February 11 and be formally intro- duced to the membership at the NRECA Annual Meeting in New Orleans, La., the following week. “We conducted an exhaustive search to identify the very best indi- vidual to lead a great association,” remarks NRECA Board President Mike Guidry of Louisiana. “We found that person in Jo Ann Emerson. Her background as a member of Congress and a trade association executive— coupled with her extensive knowledge of the issues facing electric cooperatives and rural America—make her eminently qualifi ed to lead NRECA and repre- sent the interests of its members. The respect she has from both sides of the aisle and her proven ability to bridge political and policy divides and fi nd common ground will serve us well.”


Photo by Offi ce of U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson Continued on Page 23 2013 Youth Tour Reunion F


or 50 years Oklahoma high school juniors have been taking the trip of a lifetime to Washington, D.C. for the annual Electric Cooperative Youth Tour. After fi ve decades of making memories, the Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives—in conjunction with your local elec- tric cooperative—is planning a reunion to celebrate this milestone. The 50th Anniversary Oklahoma Youth Tour reunion is slated for July 20 in Oklahoma City. The planning committee has begun contacting nearly 2,600 students and chaperones who have participated in Youth Tour over the years.


Youth Tour Director Jennifer Dempsey has created a Facebook page called “Oklahoma Youth Tour 50 Year Reunion.” The page has received over 600 responses to date. Cooperative members across the state are encouraged to spread the word on this event that will celebrate friendships and the event that has impacted the lives of thousands of Oklahoma’s youth.


FEBRUARY 2013 5 Get a Calendar, Give Light In the Editor’s Words D


o you ever remember sitting at home, anxiously waiting for power to come back on? I have lost count of how many times that happened to me. Growing up in South America, I have plenty of memories of random power outages that interrupted my day and the activities of my family’s busy household. Although those power outages were not related to ice storms or a natural disaster, it would still take a few hours (very long hours, so it seemed to me) for power to be restored.


Anna Politano Managing Editor, Oklahoma Living


The truth is—the majority of us don’t take the time to appreciate electricity until we don’t have it. The electric power your local electric cooperative provides to you, empowers your home and/ or your business every day, so you and those you love can enjoy better quality of life. Take a moment to refl ect on your day and the mission you desire to carry out today. Could you do it without electricity? Well, for some around the Globe, going about their day without electric power is a way of life. According to a report released by the International Energy Agency, almost a quarter of the global population, or 1.5 billion people, lives without electric- ity, 80 percent of them in the least developed countries of South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.


Now, let me help shed some light on how you can play a role


in this picture. Oklahoma Living magazine invites you to purchase a striking 2013 calendar with beautiful Oklahoma photos taken by our readers. Calendar proceeds will be given to NRECA International Foundation—a charitable organization affi liated with the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. Established in 1962, NRECA International has provided access to safe, reliable and affordable electricity in more than 40 developing countries. It has designed, constructed, and operated hundreds of rural electric utilities while building local institutional capacity–including train- ing personnel–to own and manage them. NRECA International Foundation is dedicated to bringing electricity to the world, one village at a time. Can you help bring light to someone? Buy a calendar today! Visit www.ok-living.coop/store.


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