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Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives to build new Conference Center


It’s a New Day Editor’s Words I


The OAEC Board approved the construction of a Conference Center to better serve electric cooperatives in Oklahoma.


’m certain you will agree with this statement: it’s hard to fi nd another natural event that is as beautiful and profound as the sunrise and sunset in Oklahoma. I grew up by the ocean, seeing and swimming in the Atlantic blue wa- ters off Brazil’s shoreline, a privilege that was nothing short of stunning. However—I must confess—when I moved to Oklahoma, the extravagant beauty of dawn and dusk in the Sooner State took my breath away. The photo you see on the magazine’s cover portrays a sunset in Thackerville, Okla. A panel of judges selected this photo as the cover image for Oklahoma Living’s 2014 cal- endar, featuring 13 color photos from the reader-driven contest our magazine holds each year. Just like years past, we had an overwhelming response


Anna Politano Managing Editor, Oklahoma Living


Photos by Hayley Leatherwood


The Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives Board has recently voted to build the statewide organization’s fi rst Conference Center adjacent to its headquarters in Oklahoma City. Projections for the completion of the Conference Center are for the end of 2014. The new facility will enable electric cooperative member-systems to hold meetings, workshops, and events as well as to host partnering organizations.


from readers who submitted photos for consideration. It was a challenge for the judges to select the winning photos, but the end result is a calendar fi lled with dazzling images, all taken in Oklahoma. Proceeds from the sale of the cal- endar will go to benefi t tornado victims in Oklahoma through the Touchstone Energy Oklahoma Disaster Relief Fund, Inc. To some of us, the May tornadoes that impacted our state can be somewhat a “distant” reality. If they didn’t impact you or anyone close to you, it’s possible you have already forgotten about the furious spring we had. But there are still many in Oklahoma who are rebuilding their lives, fi nding new joy each day, and looking for the strength and grace to move forward. The sunrise on the cover offers us the promise of a new day, the hope that we can rebuild and we can restore.


I invite you to consider buying a calendar for yourself, or for your family and friends. Not only will you enjoy beautiful images of the state you call home, you will also be reaching out to families who desperately need hope in 2014. To order a calendar, visit www.ok-living.coop/store. As another year comes to a close, we at Oklahoma Living hope you and your loved ones enjoy a joyful Christmas. We hope you take the time to reach out to others, to count your blessings, and to smile more often. And for the new year ahead, our hope is that yours will be fi lled with much sunshine!


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Funds fom the sale of the calendars will go to the Touchstone Energy Oklahoma Disaster Relief Fund, Inc. to benefi t tornado victims.


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