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Kilowatt F OCTOBER 2013 INSIDE YOUR CO-OP


A Touchstone Energy Cooperative


Kiwash Electric


Cooperative, Inc. Providing the service


that lights up your life.


Office Location PO Box 100


120 W. 1st Street


Cordell, Oklahoma (888) 832-3362


www.kiwash.coop


Find us on Facebook Staff


Dennis Krueger manager


Wendy Putman director of finance


Lisa Willard director of


communications Roy Dewees


director of operations


Board of Trustees officers


Jack Sawatzky president


Robert Travis vice president


John Schaufele


sec.-treasurer Rex Eagan


asst. sec.-treasurer directors


Virginia Walker Ralph Cunningham


Year. Looking back on my life, I can say that time does fly. It seems like yesterday that I was hired at Kiwash Electric; yet my sixteen years here have flown by with great rewards in the work we accomplish together.


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On the subject of fast moving lives; can you imagine anyone working their entire career on the farm, being active in church, raising a family, volunteering their services for the benefit of others and other accomplishments too numerous to mention? Now can you imagine this person volunteering himself for 45 years to one organization, mentoring his peers while cooperatively working with management to build a $35 million company?


On October 19, 1968, Leslie "Les" Hinds began his 45 year, volunteer board member position with Kiwash Electric Cooperative. The history


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A Man Who's Paid His Rent


ere it is October and it seemed like yesterday we were celebrating the New


and changes this man has seen in the electric industry are many.


Les watched the construction of the coal-fired generation plant in Hugo, and today’s attempt by the EPA to dismantle the nation’s coal-fired generation capabilities.


He remembers when electric meters were read monthly by co- op members using mail-in cards. Today, Kiwash can read meters without leaving the office.


He recalls Kiwash employees routinely climbing poles to make necessary repairs to co-op electric lines; now Kiwash lineman use bucket trucks for those same repairs.


He remembers when the manual accounting method using ledger books was the accepted method of record keeping; now everything is automated and computerized.


Of course, Hinds watched phone service change from multiple party


telephone lines to cellular phones the size of your palm. He also witnessed the Kiwash Electric electric bill— once delivered solely by the US Postal Service— turn to Internet-based reading and electronic payments.


These are only a few of the changes Leslie Hinds experienced during his years of service to Kiwash Electric.


We are grateful for Les Hinds, and the knowledge he bestowed on so many in our industry. While serving on the Kiwash Electric board, he also served 37 years on the Western Farmer's Electric Cooperative (WFEC) board of directors. WFEC is Kiwash Electric's generation and transmission provider.


Thank you, Les, for your service to Kiwash Electric Cooperative. Perhaps the most appropriate conclusion lies in the words engraved on your retirement notice, "Service is the rent you pay for room on this earth."


By Dennis Krueger general manager


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