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C A N A D I A N October 2014


V SUPPLEMENT TO OKLAHOMA LIVING


A ELECTRALITE Aware Meetings Coming in November Beginning in November, Cana-


dian Valley Electric Cooperative and Central Rural Electric Cooperative will be hosting a series of Aware Meetings in the areas they serve to provide an update on the potential consolidation.


Both cooperatives share a mission to provide services to improve the quality of life for their members and local communities. Those who utilize cooperative electric services are not just customers, but member-owners of the organization and are encouraged to attend events and activities. You will be receiving an official invitation announcing the time and location of the Aware Meetings, with a request to RSVP and indicate which


By George


As some of you know, I have been involved with the electric cooperative for a long time. About 43 years - actu- ally, all my life. I grew up on Canadian Valley Electric Co- operative lines about 10 miles northeast of Prague. It was an exciting time when my brothers and I got to watch a CVEC lineman climb an electric pole. In fact, at an early age I had my career path decided. I was going to play shortstop for the New York Yankees. If that didn’t work out, I was going to become an electric lineman for Canadian Valley Electric Cooperative. I have not achieved either. The guys won’t let me climb a pole. A little more than a year ago we announced Canadian


Valley Electric Cooperative and Central Rural Electric Coop- erative, our electric cooperative neighbor to the north, were studying a possible consolidation. These studies have sup- ported what we already knew. Consolidation makes sense if we truly are what we say we are, “servants of the members.” In the 43 years of being employed by Oklahoma electric cooperatives, I have always heard, “there should be con-


solidation of electric cooperatives.” It is hard to argue that Oklahoma needs 26 different electric cooperatives. But that is what we have. Somebody is paying for 26 different administrations and managers, and I think we all know who that is. Good jobs. We still have a few issues to work out with our power suppliers and lenders before we can bring the consolidation issue to you to decide what you want to do. It appears this membership vote will happen in 2015. We are not propos- ing a “take-over” by either cooperative. Much like 75 years ago members would be coming together to decide their fu- ture. If the members approve, both Canadian Valley Electric Cooperative and Central Rural Electric will become one new stronger electric cooperative with the purpose of better serv- ing its combined member/owners. This truly is an opportunity that doesn’t pass by often. In fact, in Oklahoma it is a first.


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meeting you would like to attend. Aware meetings are free for members to attend, and provide members an opportunity to hear important infor- mation about the cooperatives’ plans for the future, and to ask any ques- tions they may have regarding the


potential consolidation.


Members are encouraged to attend any of the regional meetings that best fit their schedule. Watch your mail for more information about the up- coming Aware Meetings in your area.


14th Annual


Dignified Disposal of Unserviceable Flags Ceremony


Tuesday, Oct. 14 6 p.m. CVEC Seminole office


$250 cash awards given to 1 high school and 1 middle school student for writing winning essays on


‘Red, White & Blue - What does it Mean to You?’


Free hamburgers, hot dogs & soft drinks provided


Sponsored by CVEC


American Legion Post 260, Tecumseh American Legion Post 64, Chandler American Legion Post 123, Okemah


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