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commentar y Power of Co-op Membership BOARD OF TRUSTEES


Larry Culwell, President DISTRICT 7


David Ray, Vice President DISTRICT 4


Don Parr, Secretary-Treasurer DISTRICT 5


MEMBERS Russell Shaw


Richard Medlock Ron Pelanconi Mark Ichord


DISTRICT 1 DISTRICT 2 DISTRICT 3 DISTRICT 6


Jim Jackson Executive Vice President-CEO


Kiamichi Electric Cooperative (KEC) is committed to providing reliable and affordable electric service to members in Latimer, LeFlore, Pittsburg, Pushmataha and Atoka counties.


The people and businesses that purchase electricity from Kiamichi Electric are considered member-owners of the co-op. Each member—regardless of how much electricity they purchase – has an equal say in how the cooperative is operated.


To exercise their right, Kiamichi Electric members are encouraged to attend co-op meetings and vote in co-op elections.


Kiamichi Electric service territory is divided into seven districts. Members within each district meet every two years to choose a fellow member to represent their interests on the Kiamichi Electric board of trustees. KEC board members set policy and oversee cooperative business.


Through local leadership and control, Kiamichi Electric Cooperative members can rest assured their electric co-op remains focused on the needs of its members and its rural communities.


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As a member of Kiamichi Electric, you have the power, a voice and control in how your electric co-op is run; in what’s best for the community; in the decisions that allow us to provide affordable electricity for your home. This October, we’re celebrating National Co-op Month, and we're gathering for the KEC Annual Meeting. These events recognize the most important part of our co-op—our members.


Membership represents a vested interest— everyone is more engaged and attentive to something they feel a responsibility for. At Kiamichi Electric we work to engage our members in all the issues surrounding the co-op. Through our Facebook page and our local newsletter, we share articles and information on federal regulations that could affect your electric rates. We also discuss state and local issues that affect Kiamichi Electric. We believe that when members are engaged and informed, they become advocates for their co-ops and not just consumers.


Today, electric co-ops are doing more than just saving money for their members. We try to make being a member of an electric co- op a truly unique and positive experience. For example, our partnerships with companies like Energy Pioneer Solutions and ClimateMaster are making it affordable


operation roundup Monthly Financial Report


YEAR TO DATE COLLECTIONS: YEAR TO DATE DISBURSEMENTS: TOTAL COLLECTED SINCE INCEPTION:


$58,981.52 $48,927.48


$1,165,038.39 TOTAL DISBURSEMENTS SINCE INCEPTION: $1,102,432.38 2 | september - october 2014 | Light Post


Operation Roundup is a voluntary bill roundup program that benefits southeast Oklahoma communities, organizations and needy families. Applications for funds are available at Kiamichi Electric, local social services , or online at www.kiamichielectric.org.


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for our members to make important energy upgrades to their homes.


Members are the reason cooperatives exist. When members embrace the idea that they have more than a passing interest in their co-op, and that they actually are the owners, with an ability to help guide it, that is the power of co-op membership.


By Jim Jackson CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER


The power of co-op membership is the cooperative difference, and our business ‘bottom line’ is the empowerment of you, our member-owners. Through programs such as Operation Roundup, which helps fund a wide range of local services and organizations, Kiamichi Electric and its members are taking an active role in bettering Southeast Oklahoma's rural communities.


The best part about being a member of a Touchstone Energy cooperative: It’s your Touchstone Energy cooperative. Power to the people, for the people and from the people. I hope to see you taking part in our annual meeting on October 4.


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