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October 2013


SWRE Is Opportunity For Service


As I was preparing for the Annual Meeting in early August, it occurred to me that I was starting my ninth year with SWRE. It did not seem possible that I had already finished eight years at the cooperative.


I was very fortunate eight years ago to spend my first six months with CEO Pat McAlister who was a very patient mentor as we moved through the transition from one manager to the next. It was a distinct advantage to have such an experienced manager and conscientious teacher.


Many things have changed for me personally since


that August in 2005. Of course I have gotten older! I won’t say my age, but I was born in 1950! I still try to exercise, but my “run” more closely resembles a “walk” these days. My faithful dog Red still runs with me, but he waits at the half mile corner because he sees no reason to run a mile on down the road when he knows I will coming back by in a little while.


My wife and I celebrated our 40th wedding anniver-


sary in August as well. We went to the Sonic! Pathetic, I know, but maybe we can travel somewhere in the coming months. My oldest son is now a waterfowl biologist with a PhD who is the director of a wetland research facility in Illinois, and my youngest is a soil conservationist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service in northwestern Oklahoma. My youngest son is engaged to be married and my oldest son and daughter-in law informed me in July that I am going to be a “Grandpa” this winter. I have been told that the only reason you have kids is to have grandchildren, but we will wait and see about that! My youngest and my wife successfully converted me to an OSU fan, and I actually waived my arm (you know what I mean if you have ever witnessed a Cowboy game) once the year they won the Big 12! I still enjoy watching the Sooners as well, so I guess the OU fans would say that there is still hope for me!


As far as the co-op goes, we have finished the map-


CALL OKIE or TEXAS811 before you dig Texas


Planting a tree? Installing a fence or pool? Be sure to CALL OKIE (in Oklahoma) or TEXAS811 (in Texas) before you dig. State Law in both Texas and Oklahoma requires excavators to call 48 hours prior to digging. Since many utility services are located underground, digging activity always carries disaster potential if the excavator doesn’t know where utility lines are located. CALL OKIE or TEXAS811 at least 48 hours prior to digging, and lines in the affected area will be marked so that you can dig safely.


by Mike R. Hagy


ping and inventory of our system that we started several years ago. We are currently working with software that will allow us to use much of that data for engineering and system improvement. The mapping system coupled with the advanced meter system that we have also been work- ing on for several years will allow us to develop an outage management system and give our members many “value added services” that will become available in the near future.


Over the course of the past eight years, we also expe- rienced the worst ice storm in the history of the coopera- tive (2010), witnessed a tornado that passed within a mile of our main office (2011), as well as suffering through several years of record setting heat and drought. These are milestones that you never want to duplicate or exceed, but you must always be ready to deal with what Mother Nature throws at you! Our cooperative staff has done an excellent job in maintaining and constructing new infrastructure to ensure that our system is as reliable as possible. We continue to reinvest into the system through short-term and long-term work plans and daily maintenance.


Through these past eight years that have flown by, I have always been amazed and grateful for the wonderful folks who are our members in southwest Oklahoma and north Texas. Our members are some of the finest folks in our great nation. Sure, none of us are perfect, but when you describe the people of the “heartland” who are the “salt of the earth” you are describing our members. Thank you for allowing me to serve you these past eight years, and on behalf of our entire cooperative we want to continue to serve you through our vision of “safety, service, and satisfaction – one member at a time!”


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