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Co-op to Celebrate Spirit of 76 years T


he spirit of 76 will be fl ying high over Grove, Oklahoma, on September 20. That’s because Northeast Oklahoma Electric Cooperative members will converge on the Grand Lake community that day to celebrate the organization’s 76th year of business during REC Day.


The cooperative has adopted a patriotic theme to comple- ment its 76th anniversary and has a fun-fi lled day in store for those planning to attend REC Day.


Perhaps the biggest attraction during this year’s annual meeting will be a performance by the acclaimed Starlight Band, beginning at 9 a.m. Co-op members won’t want to miss an opportunity to hear Oklahoma’s only professional concert band and its more than 50 musicians as they fi ll the Civic Center stage with larger-than-life sound.


The Starlight ensemble includes woodwinds, brass and percussion. The performance will include a variety of music, from light classics and patriotic songs to jazz, Broadway and current pop selections.


Of course, the fun doesn’t stop there.


Each member household will receive a special, limited edition spirit of 76 REC hat, as well as other special gifts, just for registering. Members may register between 8 a.m. and noon. A brief business meeting will follow at 12:15 p.m. during which time the results from the trustee election and vote on the proposed bylaw change will be announced. Prize drawings will follow immediately thereafter.


Members who register qualify themselves for numerous prize drawings. They can win fl at screen televisions, high-ef- fi ciency washer/dryer sets, electric smokers and much more. Four children and one adult will win new laptop computers. And let’s not forget about thousands of dollars in electric credits that will be awarded to members from the each of the cooperative’s nine districts.


Once registered, members need not be present to win most prizes (the adult computer is the lone exception). Names of winners will be announced at the meeting. If you are one of the lucky winners and aren’t present to claim your prize, the co-op will contact you and let you know within a few days.


REC has food covered, too. Doughnuts and coffee will greet morning arrivals at the civic center. As lunchtime approach- es, hot dogs will be grilled up and served with soda, chips and all the fi xings.


A trade show on the fl oor of the civic center will feature displays from local organizations, various cooperative prod- ucts and services, and some good deals from cooperative subsidiary enterprises. Members are invited to browse the arts & crafts booths outside on the south end of the civic


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center parking lot, where vendors are sure to have a variety of interesting items for sale.


Back by popular demand this year is an outdoor kidzone for younger co-op members complete with carnival games and prizes. The kidzone will be located under a big tent in the northeast corner of the civic center parking lot.


Craig General Hospital will once again offer valuable health screenings available to co-op members during REC Day. Health checks are available to co-op members between the hours of 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. at the south end of the civic center. A small fee may apply to cover the cost of certain tests. Those participating in the blood draw are reminded to not eat anything after midnight on September 20 to ensure testing effi cacy.


As cooperative shareholders, members also have a unique opportunity to have a voice in the direction of the coopera- tive. They can do this by voting in the general election during the 2014 annual meeting. Three incumbent trustees will be seeking confi rmation of nominations for another three-year term on the board. The individuals whose names will appear on the 2014 ballot include: Harold Robertson from District 1, Everett Johnston from District 3, Dandy A. Risman from District 5. Members will also be asked to approve a bylaw amendment that will help clarify voting criteria in the future for individuals representing organizations at annual meeting.


Enjoying the kidzone!


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