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On April 5th, 2013 Harmon Electric Association celebrated its 75th Annual Meeting. A big thank you to all who took time out of your busy sched- ules to attend. We had a great meeting with some great speakers.


at Harmon Electric that we are only stewards of your cooperative. We love what we do and our annual meeting is like a family reunion. This may be the only time during the year that we have the opportunity to visit with some of our members. If you were unable to attend, I encourage you to make an effort to attend


The annual meeting is a reminder for all of us


next year’s meeting. The more you the members become involved in the cooperative, the better and stronger the cooperative will become. Although we love seeing members year after year, we would also like to see members we’ve not had the privilege of meeting. This is your cooperative and you should be involved.


For those who missed the meeting, as I mentioned, you missed some great speakers. Sid Sperry, OAEC’s Director of PR/Communications, portrayed Franklin D Roosevelt. As President Roosevelt, he told of his rise in politics and what led to his decision to form the Rural Electric Administration. After taking a look back at the beginning of cooperatives we reviewed the present fi nancial condition of the cooperative and updated the membership on FEMA projects. Because of the sound decisions being made by the board of trustees, I was proud to report the cooperative is in good fi nancial condi- tion. We also heard from Gary Roulet, CEO of Western Farmers Electric Coop- erative. Mr. Roulet discussed the ever increasing government regulations on WFEC and their effort to comply with the regulations. More importantly to the members of HEA, Mr. Roulet discussed WFEC’s recent decision to im- prove the transmission reliability in our service territory. Plans are to change old manual switches to automatic switches that can be controlled from their offi ce. This one change will allow the back feed on transmission lines in a matter of minutes instead of several hours.


sarm. Problems will be fi xed as they are found. If you have land that trans- mission lines cross, you may see crews working on the line. This is welcome news and the board and management appreciate the efforts of WFEC to im- prove reliability. I asked the membership how many of them remembered when the lights came on and quite a few hands went up in the audience. If you remember when the lights came on, we would love to hear from you. We appreciate you writing down your account for our records. Also, with your permission we would like to publish some of these accounts in the Harmon Hi-Lites. When Harmon Electric celebrates its 100th annual meeting these memories of when the lights came on will be priceless. It’s a part of our history that will never happen again, but one we do not want to forget. As always, we will continue to work every day to provide safe, reliable electricity at an af- fordable cost.


WFEC will also be in our area checking each transmission pole and cros-


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 offi ce 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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