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MAX A. MEEK, CEO AND GENERAL MANAGER F Hearts for Service January was a welcome calm after the stormy


exit of 2013. Temperatures warmed up some and no new storms came to call. Of course, you never can tell with Oklahoma weather. We reached a high of 75 degrees on Jan. 12, when just a week before the low was 6! Te country learned a new weather term,


Polar Vortex, which caused havoc everywhere with freezing temperatures and precipitation. While the weather may close schools, churches, and even Washington, D.C., your co-op is always open and ready for whatever comes—but, you know this already. It warms our hearts to receive thank you notes and the like from OEC members, and you sent many following the ice storm, just before Christmas. We're only doing our job, but your appreciation makes doing this job that much more special. I am proud of our employees, every one with a heart for service. Consider this column my thank you card to every one of you for supporting your co-op and its employees. It is soon to be Valentine's Day. How about


we carry this sentiment a bit further, into the community? As a member-owned electric cooperative, we’re committed to powering our


community and empowering you to improve your quality of life. How can life be better in central Oklahoma? We need hearts for service. On February 14, take time to send a card to a police officer or firefighter. Give candy or an apple to a school teacher. Visit a retirement home and spend time with the folks who built our community. Express your thanks to your pastor or church leader. Send balloons—or better yet, a donation—to United Way, Meals on Wheels, or a charity that hold a special meaning for you. Tese champions are the heart of our


community and we stand right there with them. Trough Operation Round Up, members like you donated $18,500 in January to strengthen our community. Trough your generosity, we support: Among Friends Activity Center, Special Olympics of Oklahoma, Assistance League, and many other nonprofit organizations dedicated to making our community better. Since 1993, our members have rounded up


their electric bills donating more than $4 million to service groups across our community. Let's tell them thanks for doing their jobs. On Valentine’s Day—and every day—let’s celebrate service, the heart of our community.


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