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Tory Tedder-Loffland


Co-op People


Mike Argo, A man with a love for public service


Te day I spent with Mike Argo was a learning experience for


sure. I tagged along as he took some calves to the veterinarian. I witnessed things my townie eyes have never seen before. Te calves took it better than I would have expected. Let's leave it at that. Mike Argo was elected to the OEC Board of Trustees in 2006.


He represents members in District 1 which is comprised of parts of Norman, Moore, and Oklahoma City with the Canadian River running along its southern and western borders and Draper Lake topping it off in the northeast. Argo grew up in this area. In fact, Draper Lake now sits on


the very land he was raised on. His family was one of the last to move before the lake was built in 1963. Retired as of 2011 from the U.S. Postal Service, Argo traveled 60 to 120 miles a day since 1969 delivering mail. He now spends most of his time on his farm east of Norman where he raises cattle and is on the constant lookout for cedar saplings.


"I hate those things," Argo said. "Tey get in to everything and


drink all the water." Aside from his hate of cedar trees, Argo is one of the friendliest


men you'll meet and he has a true heart for service. He's been on several boards over the years and enjoys the work. It isn't about politics or power for him, it is about service—doing something for your fellow man and your community. "Everyone should do some form of public service," asserted Argo. But why does he want to serve on the OEC Board of Trustees?


Argo resigned from another board in order to join OEC. His answer comes down to loyalty and paying back what is owed. "OEC provided a service to the people out here when others


wouldn't," Argo stated plainly. "Families around here owe their livelihoods to OEC. Co-ops changed this country." Argo remembers hearing his granddad talk about OEC and how


the electricity allowed him to upgrade his dairy from hand milking. "I serve because I want to give back," said Argo. "It's about loyalty to those who helped us become who and what we are today."


Top, Mike Argo portrait, Dec. 2012 by Shevaun Williams; Bottom two, Argo at veterinarian in Tecumseh, Jan. 2014.


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