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Local is best for co-ops Co-ops share values but not all enjoy small town familiarity


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o-ops are in existence almost everywhere in the United States. For the most part,


they are very much alike, however, there are differences. For instance, Choctaw Electric is local and because we are local, you know us. You can trust that we work hard to be a good neighbor and serve you in a positive way. Some co-ops, due to their sheer size, don’t enjoy this sort of familiarity with their members.


vote); non-profit; autonomy (we are self governing); education; cooperation among the cooperatives; and concern for our community.


BY TERRY MATLOCK CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER


Choctaw Electric abides by the seven principles in every way; however, we are particularly proud to support our local communities. We do this because we want to better our communities and improve the quality of life for our members.


Choctaw Electric employees


Across the United States and in third world countries, co-ops are used to accomplish a variety of tasks for their members. Coffee, for example, is traded through a cooperative to allow fairness in the market. Agriculture co-ops and feed co-ops are everywhere. Food and grocery co-ops, housing cooperatives and credit unions are other examples of types of co-ops.


In all, 25 percent of Americans belong to one of the 29,200 cooperatives located in the U.S.


Being owned by the people we serve makes co-ops different from any other business model. The seven cooperative principles also set us apart: Open membership (we serve everyone); democratic control (each member gets one


assist with programs like the United Way, blood drives, Relay for Life, and 4-H programs. We offer free CPR classes to nonprofit groups, and provide certified instructors to teach AARP defensive driving classes. For schools, we offer free energy education classes and safety presentations. Recently, we helped two schools obtain sizable math grants from the state. Along with Western Farmer’s Electric Cooperative, we contribute approximately one million dollars a year to our local schools through the apportionment tax;.


These are a few of the ways we work beyond the meter for our members and local communities. We are not just another electric company; we are your electric company. ■


Two ways to win cash: Search co-op website or newsletter


Choctaw Electric Cooperative members can win cash by simply reading their newsletter, or logging on to the co-op website at www.choctawelectric.coop.


On the website, look for the lucky lightbulb. If you spot it, please email Lois Ann Beason at lbeason@ choctawelectric.coop. You could win $25!


In the newsletter, search for the hidden account number. If you find it and it belongs to you, you win a $50 bill credit. (Unclaimed bill credits will roll over each month, up to $100 bill credit. ) To claim your credit, the account number must belong to you. Also, you must let CEC know by the 10th of the month by phone, mail or in person. By phone, please call Jennifer Boling, 800-780-6486, ext 207.


Choctaw Electric Cooperative BOARD OF TRUSTEES


Mike Bailey, President Bob Hodge, Vice President


Rodney Lovitt , Secretary Treasurer MEMBERS


Bill McCain Henry Baze Bob Holley


Buddy Anderson Joe Briscoe


Larry Johnson MANAGEMENT AND STAFF


Terry Matlock, Chief Executive Officer Susan G.Wall, Executive Assistant Jia Johnson, Director of Public Relations Tonia Allred, Benefits Specialist


Jimmie K. Ainsworth, Director of Finance and Accounting


Jim Malone, Director of Operations Darrell Ward, District Supervisor


HUGO OFFICE PO Box 758 Hwy 93 North


Hugo, Oklahoma 74743


Toll Free: (800) 780-6486 Local: (580) 326-6486 FAX (580) 326-2492


Monday-Friday • 8 am - 5 pm IDABEL OFFICE


2114 SE Washington Idabel, Oklahoma 74745


Toll Free: (800) 780-6486 Local: (580) 286-7155


Monday-Friday • 8 am - 5 pm


ANTLERS OFFICE HC 67 Box 62


Antlers, Oklahoma 74523 (One mile east of Antlers)


Toll Free: (800) 780-6486 Local: (580) 298-3201


Monday-Friday • 8 am - 5 pm On the Web:


www.choctawelectric.coop


24 Hour Outage Hotline 800-780-6486


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