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WRAPPED IN VALUE


By Zac Perkins While the holiday season is full of excitement, we sometimes miss the magic as we juggle hefty shopping lists, parties, and wrapping up work projects before the end of the year. These tasks can add stress—not joy—to the holiday season. However, those of us at Tri-County Electric want you to think of your electric co-op as an early holiday gift wrapped with several layers of value.


As a member and owner of Tri- County Electric, you receive several money-saving perks that come in handy at this time of year. Did you know you can save at local and national businesses with your Co-op Connections® Card simply for being a member of Tri-County Electric? You might even fi nd coupons for the top secret ingredients of your famous green bean casserole at www.connections.coop/tricounty. So before you do your holiday shopping or baking, see what kinds of deals are waiting for you.


But the best co-op value can be seen in the faces of your friends and neighbors who work at Tri-County Electric. Folks in the Oklahoma Panhandle created your electric co-op more than 65 years ago to power our community and empower members to improve their quality of life. That’s our purpose. It warms my heart to see staff going the extra mile to power our community and make life a bit better for everyone during the holidays.


Avoid getting caught in the hustle and bustle of the season. Take a moment to watch the excitement in the eyes of your children and grandchildren as they count down the days. Enjoy every last piece of fudge.


Then, after gifts are wrapped and meals cooked, take time to look into the faces of those around your table. They are your purpose. The rest of the holiday scramble is just details, and we can help you take care of a few of those. Happy holidays! n


Enter Tri-County Electric’s Photo Contest by Dec. 5


ri-County Electric will feature one member photo per month in the LiveWire newsletter beginning in January 2014. Three photos will be selected every quarter to run each month of the following quarter. Members have until Dec. 5 to enter their photos for the fi rst quarter’s contest. Photos should refl ect the theme ‘seasons.’ Winners whose photos are selected for the LiveWire newsletter will receive a copy of the “Prairie Flavors” cookbook published by OKL magazine.


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“We’re giving our members an opportunity to express themselves,” Chris Purdy, vice president of Member Solutions at Tri-County Electric said. “The contest theme is purposely vague so members can interpret it however they like.”


The prize, “Prairie Flavors,” is a special 65th Anniversary cookbook that normally retails for $29.95 plus $5 for shipping and handling.


Photos should be submitted using the online form on Tri-County Electric’s website. To submit a photo, go to www.tcec.coop and click ‘submit photo’ under the ‘Quick Links’ heading on the right side of the home page. Photos must be acceptable quality for print. For example, many newer smartphones will take acceptable photos but photos from basic phones likely will not. Most of today’s digital cameras take acceptable quality photos. If you’re unsure, submit your photo and you will be notifi ed if the quality is unacceptable.


If a photo is selected for publication somewhere other than the newsletter such as Facebook or the cooperative’s website, then the member will receive a different gift.


Note that all photos submitted become property of Tri-County Electric for use in print and/or on the Internet. Questions regarding the contest should be directed to JuliAnn Graham at (580) 652-3876 or info@tcec.coop. n


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