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■ commentary Who We Are Oklahomans stand tough in the face of adversity


okla and humma, meaning "red people.” Our state has a varied landscape, with different parts of the state having very different topography. For instance, some regions of Oklahoma have tall grass and rolling hills, some areas are flat and dry, while eastern parts of our state have woods and moutains. In this landscape, we can find


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klahoma is a word that comes from the Choctaw words


Crow laws, the people of that neighborhood excelled and their prosperity wasn't well received. In 1930 came the Dust Bowl and with it came poverty and relocation.


BY TERRY MATLOCK CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER


The Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building was bombed on April 19, 1995. This was classified as the worst act of domestic terrorism in American history. One hundred and sixty-eight people including 19 children were killed that day.


In 1999, an F5 tornado hit Moore and destroyed much of the areas


an assortment of wildlife including white tail deer and bobcats, quail and elk, bald eagles, doves, black bear and alligators.


Oklahoma experienced the land-run of 1889. The Curtis Act followed and Oklahoma became a state in 1907. The oil and gas industry suported most of the economy in the early years. Tulsa was known as the "Oil Capitol of the World.” Later, Cyrus Avery from Tulsa spearheaded and became the "Father of Route 66.”


But our state has experienced its share of difficulty and tragedy as well. You are probably familiar with the Trail-of-Tears. This was when the Native Americans were expelled from their ancestral homelands and moved to what we now know as Oklahoma. In 1921, race-riots in Tulsa took place, due in large part to the success of the Greenwood addition. Despite Jim


around Oklahoma City. Devastation everywhere. Another storm in 2003 spawned another terrible tornado, and once again it caused significant damage.


A few weeks ago the same area and many of the same people suffered another horrifying tornado.


Across the state, other tragic events have occurred as well.


My point is this: Since statehood we have dealt with devastation and heartbreak. We have helped each other survive these hardships from the “dirty 30s” through the present. We are a resilient people with solid work ethics and generous hearts—and we truly care about our neighbors. We will help when we can and pray when we can't.


I am proud to be an Okie!


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


Two Contests For Members Offer Cash Prizes


■Find the Lucky Lightbulb Visit the co-op website at www. choctawelectric.coop and find the lucky lightbulb. If you spot it, please email Lois Ann Beason at lbeason@ choctawelectric.coop. You could win $25!


■Lucky Account Number: Search your newsletter for the lucky account number. If you find the number and it belongs to you, contact CEC by the 10th of the month for a bill credit up to $100.Call, stop by or email. 800-780-6486, ext 207, email: jboling@choctawelectric.coop.


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


www.choctawelectric.coop


24 Hour Outage Hotline 800-780-6486


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