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Kilowatt F JANUARY 2014 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 Jevon West


Leadership Begins With Character L


istening to politicians’ nasty rhetoric, one might think that leadership has to be aggressive


and confrontational, but consider the following parable about leadership. A student assigned to write an essay about an effective leader wrote this story:


I’ve been taking a bus to school for years. Most passengers keep to themselves and no one ever talks to anyone else.


About a year ago, an elderly man got on the bus and said loudly to the driver, "Good morning!" Most people looked up, annoyed, and the bus driver just grunted.


The next day the man got on at the same stop and again he said loudly, "Good morning" to the driver. Another grunt.


By the fifth day, the driver relented and greeted the man with a semi- cheerful "Good morning." The man announced, "My name is Benny," and he asked the driver, "What’s yours?" The driver said his name was Ralph.


That was the first time any of us heard the driver’s name, and soon people began to talk to each other and say hello to Ralph and Benny. Soon Benny extended his cheerful "Good morning!" to the whole bus. Within a few days his greeting was returned by a whole bunch of "Good mornings," and the entire bus seemed to be friendlier. People got to know each other.


If a leader is someone who makes something happen, Benny was our leader in friendliness.


Early Winter Storm


Winter Storm Cleon's icy wrath caused widespread outages in southeast Oklahoma, but along Kiwash Electric lines (left), Cleon left a less problematic blanket of snow. When winter storms are forecast, be sure to check your Kiwash Electric Facebook page for important updates. We'll keep you posted with detailed weather maps and other useful information to will help you ride it out


safely and comfortably. PHOTO/LISA WILLARD.


A month ago, Benny didn’t get on the bus and we haven’t seen him since. Everyone began to ask about Benny and lots of people said he may have died. No one knew what to do and the bus got awful quiet again.


So last week, I started to act like Benny and say, "Good morning!" to everyone and they cheered up again. I guess I’m the leader now. I hope Benny comes back to see what he started. Remember, character counts.


Our sincrere thanks to Michael Josephson at www.whatwillmatter. com, for his inspirational message on leadership.


By Dennis Krueger general manager


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