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Healthy ZONE


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4 - Teaching electrical safety A joint effort is important to teaching electrical safety


more inside 2 Meet Jimmy Caudill


An introduction to your newest trustee


8 Retiring capital


Capital credit checks to be mailed next month


8 Save the date


Plans are underway for REC Day


9 Unclaimed money


A partial listing of returned capital credit checks


6 - Bulb choices What light is right for you? 11 - Get ‘In the Zone’


Dr. Sears’ Zone Diet plan keeps you satisfi ed


Footsteps to follow: Caudill carries on father’s service


to cooperative


Observing his father’s service to the coop- erative as a trustee, even during illness, inspired Jimmy Caudill to carry on in his footsteps. Jimmy accepted an appointment to the District 9 board seat in June of this year and serves as a tribute to his late father.


Jimmy’s father, Jack Caudill, served North- east Oklahoma Electric Cooperative seven years as the trustee representing District 9 before complications from a battle with cancer claimed his life. Jack was diagnosed with lung cancer in March 2012 and fought courageously. Intent on defeating the foe, he made regular trips to M. D. Anderson in Houston for treatment. He underwent aggressive chemo therapy closer to home in Tulsa.


On the cover


Students learn electrical safety through fun and games.


In the end, Jack’s immune system was weakened from treatments and he was stricken with pneumonia. His body could simply fight no more and he succumbed on April 16, 2014.


It was difficult for the younger Caudill to watch the decline of his father, whose lega- cy is that of a strong, hard-working rancher and business owner.


“He fought like a champ right up until the 2 - NE Connection


end,” Jim- my said. “It wasn’t easy to watch that happen to someone who has been there for all those


years—someone who you’ve worked with side-by-side all your life.”


Jimmy, 45, and wife Melissa have been married 16 years. They have two children. Son Jackie is 14 and daughter Lindsay is 11.


Five generations of the Caudill family have called the Grove/Grand Lake area home. Jimmy was born in Jay and grew up in northwest Arkansas during his parents’ years in the grocery business, but he spent every summer back in Grove and Grand Lake with his grandparents. He has fond mem- ories of the time he shared with Van and June Woods and Saul and Eulla Caudill and credits his grandparents for being some of the biggest influences in his life.


“I just always enjoyed being around them,” he said. “As a kid, you don’t realize how important that time is until it’s gone.”


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