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Another reason you will want to be at the Texas County Activity Center in Guymon on Thursday, Sept. 19, is the barbecue meal provided by Hunny's. Their food is always delicious. Registration and the meal begin at 5:30 p.m. while the business meeting starts at 6 p.m.


Your time is important to us and we value your attention. We try to keep the meeting to less than an hour and half. It will likely be over between 7 and 7:30 p.m.


While the annual meeting is required by the cooperative's bylaws, our trustees and employees try to make it much more than the required business meeting. It is a place to see old friends and meet new ones. You never know who you might enjoy your meal with when more than 500 members and their guests gather in the Texas County Activity Center.


We will have a table for the Co-op Connections Card if you wish to learn more about the discounts available through the program. We've recently made special efforts to recruit more local businesses to participate in the program. Between the local, regional and national discounts as well as the pharmacy discounts and coupons, the card is a must-have for every member.


I urge every Tri-County Electric member to come on out to our annual meeting and say hello. You will likely see the trustee who represents your district as well as many of our friendly employees at the meeting. Even though we aren't voting on any matters this year, it is a valuable venue to discover the value of your membership in your local electric cooperative. I’ll see you there on Sept. 19! n


APPRENTICE LINEMAN MIKE GRICE IS ON ONE OF TRI-COUNTY ELECTRIC’S CONSTRUCTION CREWS.


Mike Grice: Apprentice Lineman BY JULIANN GRAHAM, CCC, Communications Coordinator L


inemen work long hours in the elements. Often, they’re climbing poles or taking buckets high up in


the air to work on energized, high voltage equipment. Their work requires extreme caution as they construct or maintain the power lines that move and distribute electricity to homes and businesses.


As an apprentice lineman, Tri-County Electric’s Mike Grice is working his way through the on-the-job training to become a journeyman lineman. He started as a groundworker with the cooperative three years ago.


Grice decided to join Tri-County Electric Cooperative when a friend in Guymon told him he might like the work.


“There’s really no single part of my job I like the most,” he said. “It’s holistic for me. Working on a crew with people that get along well is great. And there’s never anything that is quite exactly the same.


We travel throughout the service area to different places on different jobs.”


Grice grew up in Lamar, Colo., and served three years in the Army after high school. Then he came to Goodwell to attend Oklahoma Panhandle State University. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in animal science and planned a career in feedlot management.


“I originally saw myself going into feedlot management but that didn’t work out,” Grice said. “I’m glad I joined Tri-County.”


Grice and his wife Rachael live in Guymon and have a three year old son Braydon. Grice said he enjoys hunting and fishing when he can but he’s been going to graduate school online so that has kept him busy.


Grice is one of many linemen who work diligently on the cooperative’s construction crews to keep the lights on for members of Tri-County Electric. n


“There’s really no single part of my job I like the most. It’s holistic for me.”


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