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commentar y Love on the Line BOARD OF TRUSTEES


Larry Culwell, President DISTRICT 7


David Ray, Vice President DISTRICT 4


Don Parr, Secretary-Treasurer DISTRICT 5


MEMBERS Dale Shaw


Richard Medlock Doug Binns Mark Ichord


DISTRICT 1 DISTRICT 2 DISTRICT 3 DISTRICT 6


Jim Jackson Executive Vice President-CEO


Kiamichi Electric Cooperative (KEC) is committed to providing reliable and affordable electric service to members in Latimer, LeFlore, Pittsburg, Pushmataha and Atoka counties.


The people and businesses that purchase electricity from Kiamichi Electric are considered member-owners of the co-op. Each member—regardless of how much electricity they purchase – has an equal say in how the cooperative is operated.


To exercise their right, Kiamichi Electric members are encouraged to attend co-op meetings and vote in co-op elections.


Kiamichi Electric service territory is divided into seven districts. Members within each district meet every two years to choose a fellow member to represent their interests on the Kiamichi Electric board of trustees. KEC board members set policy and oversee cooperative business.


Through local leadership and control, Kiamichi Electric Cooperative members can rest assured their electric co-op remains focused on the needs of its members and its rural communities.


Watching loved ones brave danger isn’t easy for co-op families


K


iamichi Electric Cooperative lineworkers don’t work alone on our power lines. Whether they are climbing 30 foot (?)poles,


restoring power, or clearing tree limbs to prevent future outages, they are never far from the hearts of those who love them.


At this time of year, stores seem flooded with hearts, candy, and cards professing true love. But to be honest, those sentiments pale in comparison to the bonds I see when a storm sweeps through our area.


If the lights go out, our line workers’ wives— husbands, too—send their loved ones out into the elements. When other electric cooperatives are in trouble after devastating hurricanes, tornadoes, fires, and ice storms, Kiamichi Electric crews have traveled as far as southern Louisiana to get the lights back on for complete strangers. Each time these brave souls leave home to help those in need, they are leaving behind families who wait and pray for their safe return.


Working with high-voltage electricity, your co-op line crews and service personnel find themselves in life and death situations on a regular basis. That’s why Kiamichi Electric Cooperative focuses on safety first by holding regular safety meetings and building a culture of safety.


operation roundup


Monthly Financial Report YEAR TO DATE COLLECTIONS:


YEAR TO DATE DISBURSEMENTS: TOTAL COLLECTED SINCE INCEPTION:


$72,565.94 $64,328.68


$1,003,351.95 TOTAL DISBURSEMENTS SINCE INCEPTION: $939,426.07


Operation Roundup is a voluntary bill roundup program that benefits southeast Oklahoma communities, organizations and needy families. Applications for funds are available at Kiamichi Electric, local social services , or online at www.kiamichielectric.org.


We know the folks who love our linemen appreciate the time we take to make sure our employees get home safe every night.


By Jim Jackson CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER


Marrying into this profession isn’t easy. Electric co-op linemen —and women—are often on call, and must be ready to respond at a moment’s notice if our members need them. This makes children’s sporting events and family get-togethers hard to pull off sometimes. But the co-op employees that keep your power flowing do so because they know without their commitment, many of the things we’ve come to expect—cold food, lights, entertainment—wouldn’t be possible. By devoting their lives to working on rural electric lines, they connect all of us to a better way of life.


This Valentine’s Day I’d like to take a moment to thank the spouses who support and love the co-op employees who brave the elements and work long hours to keep power flowing to our homes every day.


Thank you for putting your love on the line. In return, we’re committed to making sure the people you love return home safe.■


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