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The older I get, the more I realize how important family is. My wife and I were recently blessed with our fifth grandchild.


We now have four grandsons and one special granddaughter. If you come by my office, like any grandparent, I’ll gladly show you pictures and bore you with some stories.


Sixteen years ago when we had our first grandchild, I assumed that with each one that followed, the thrill would diminish somewhat. But, with each grandchild came the same sense of excitement, pride, and anticipation of what kind of little person they will be. Also, there is the desire that each one do great things with their life and make a difference in the world. As I reflect on our ever growing and changing family, I’m reminded that as with any family, life is always changing. It’s easy to get in our rut and become comfortable with the way things are. We also tend to have a desire for things to stay the same , but change is inevitable like it or not.


Just as my family has experienced changes lately, Harmon Electric will also be facing some changes in the days ahead. Recently, HEA’s two most senior trustees decided to hang up their hats and let someone else take the leadership role for their districts. Billy Nowell, representing District 7 retired from the board in December. Billy has served the membership of that district faithfully for over 35 years. He also represented HEA on the Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives board for a number of years. Traveling to OAEC board meetings gave us the opportunity to spend a lot of time together. Over the years we’ve had some very interesting conversations during our road trips. Billy has always had a true respect for the other trustees serving on the board. Also, his concern and appreciation for the staff and employees was noticed by everyone. On more than one occasion, Billy commented on how the cooperative was like a big family. He was also proud of the fact that the board could disagree, but no one ever left a meeting mad. In January, Clinton Nesmith also


retired from the board. Clinton served the membership in District 3 over 25 years. Clinton is well acquainted with service. As a young man he served his country in WWII. If you visit with Clinton very long you will realize why his generation was called “The Greatest Generation.” I can’t recall how many stories Clinton told, but he accumulated many during his lifetime. Listening to Clinton makes me think I’ve lived a pretty dull life. His wit and wisdom will be greatly missed by all at Harmon Electric.


Both of these individuals will be greatly missed. They leave the board with a tremendous amount of knowledge, wisdom, love for Harmon Electric and love for the cooperative program.


As with Billy and Clinton’s retirement from the HEA board, life changes are inevitable. Soon there will be new trustees to serve those districts. Although they will be missed and the board dynamic may change, our mission will not. We will always strive to provide safe, reliable electricity at the lowest possible cost. 18300


50 Year Youth Tour Reunion


Appliances account for about 13 percent of your home’s energy use. If they have energy-saving settings, use them! If they’re nearing voting age, consider replacing them with a new, energy-efficient model. And remember to try smart power strips for smaller appliances and electronics that continue to draw power even when turned off. For mo


more tips, visit EnergySavers.gov.


The 50 Year Reunion Celebration of the Washington, D.C. Youth Tour program is being planned. The celebration will be held on July 20, 2013 in Oklahoma City. Harmon Electric is searching for all of our previous Youth Tour winners and we need your help.


If you are a past winner or if you know a past winner, please contact Beth Penington at (580)688-3342 or email her at bpenington@harmonelectric.com to update


your contact information.


HARMON ELECTRIC ASSOCIATION, INC 114 North First Hollis, OK 73550


Operating in


Beckham, Harmon, Jackson, Kiowa and Greer Counties in Oklahoma and Hardeman and Childress Counties in Texas


Member of Western Farmers Electric Cooperative Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives National Rural Electric Cooperative Association National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative Texas Electric Cooperative, Inc. Oklahoma Rural Water Association, Inc.


HARMON ELECTRIC HI-LITES Lisa Richard, Editor


The Harmon Electric Hi-Lites is the publication of your local owned and operated rural electric cooperative, organized and incorporated under the laws of Oklahoma to serve you with low-cost electric power.


Charles Paxton ......................................................................................... Manager


BOARD OF TRUSTEES Pete Lassiter..................................................................................................District 1 Jim Reeves....................................................................................................District 2 Clinton Nesmith .............................................................................................District 3 Bob Allen .......................................................................................................District 4 Burk Bullington ..............................................................................................District 5 Jean Pence....................................................................................................District 6 Billy R. Nowell................................................................................................District 7 Charles Horton .............................................................................................. Attorney


Monthly Board of Directors meetings held fourth Thursday of each month


IF YOUR ELECTRICITY GOES OFF, REPORT THE OUTAGE


We have a 24-hour answering service to take outage reports and dispatch service- men. Any time you have an outage to report in the Hollis or Gould exchange area, call our office at 688-3342. Any other exchange


area call toll free, 1-800-643-7769.


TO REPORT AN OUTAGE, CALL 688-3342 or 1-800-643-7769 ANYTIME


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