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September 2013


Annual Meeting Was Great Success I would like to thank each of our members who


participated in the 2013 Annual Meeting in Altus on August 8.


Once again it was a joy to visit with our long- time members as well as new members. There are so many great people in southwest Oklahoma and north Texas, and SWRE members are the “cream of the crop.” A special thanks to the folks in Altus who made our meeting successful. The staff and administra- tion at Western Oklahoma State College were gracious in their hospitality. Our area is very fortunate indeed to have such beautiful facilities in the Altus community.


I would also like to thank Chris Meyers, man- ager of the Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives, for his presence and timely com- ments. Chris and the OAEC staff are essential to the continued success of SWRE and our sister co-ops in Oklahoma. Our statewide associations in both Oklahoma and Texas play a major role in providing support to all of the member coopera- tives.


Thanks, also, to Ron Cunningham, WFEC vice-president of power delivery, who attended on behalf of Western Farmers Electric Cooperative. WFEC supplies the wholesale power for our cooperative, and their collaborative effort enables SWRE to provide the best possible price to our members. The staff of WFEC provides essential support with marketing, economic development, and the Touchstone Energy Program.


by Mike R. Hagy I would also like to thank the SWRE Board of


Trustees. Their service to our cooperative requires many, many hours throughout the year. In addition to all of the board meetings and regional/national meetings, each of the directors has taken time out of their personal schedules to attend training meetings designed by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. I am proud to say that all of SWRE’s trustees will have earned the Credentialed Cooperative Director’s Certificate and many of the directors have gone on to complete the Board Leadership Training programs as well. These are intense courses with written examinations that are designed to provide directors with essential knowledge to govern our cooperative. Lastly, I would be remiss if I did not thank my


staff and employees. The linemen and office staff are the people who make our organization run on a day-to-day basis. I am very proud of each and every one of them. Their willingness and ability to pitch in and get the job done whether it is in a storm or just day-to-day operations is a tremen- dous asset to this cooperative.


As you can see, Southwest Rural Electric is truly a cooperative when you put all of these pieces together. It takes all of these components for our vision of “safety, service, and satisfaction – one member at a time” to be a reality. Thanks for another successful year!


Consider TWO Price Tags When Appliance Shopping


Before you congratulate yourself for getting a great deal on a refrigerator, dishwasher, washing machine or other major appliance, consider the other cost of that device: its operating cost. As with so many items, you often get what you pay for when it comes to electric appliances. The purchase price, as it turns out, is really just a down payment, because as long as you own the machine, you’ll pay a monthly fee to use it. Know what that monthly operating cost is before you buy. It’s not hard to figure it out. When you shop for an appliance, look for two labels: one from Energy


Star, which you’ll find only on appliances that exceed federal standards for energy efficiency; and the bright yellow EnergyGuide label, which estimates the appliance’s energy consumption. The Energy Guide label, required on all appliances, is especially helpful because it reveals how much energy, on average, each appliance uses compared with similar models and estimates how much it will cost you to operate the appliance each year.


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