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OPERATION Round Up


Three rural fi re departments to benefi t from Operation Round Up’s latest grants


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By Brianna Wall T e OEC Foundation, Inc. board


of directors has long been dedicated to funding the needs of local rural fi re departments. While it cannot fulfi ll all of the requests submitted, the board likes to help whenever and however possible. “T ese small volunteer fi re


departments depend on charitable donations to function,” said Lloyd Gramling, board president. “We should all be grateful for the service they provide to our communities. Without them, the likeliness of our property or homes being damaged by fi res would be much higher.” T rough the Operation Round


Up® program, $3,000 grants were awarded to the Lexington Fire Department, Verden Fire Department and Tuttle Fire Department Volunteers. T e funds will assist the departments with construction and maintenance costs, equipment racks and automatic external defi brillators. “We have been able to purchase


new gear, but we are out of funds to properly store it,” said Brandon Sanders, fi re chief of Verden Fire Department. “By properly storing it on equipment racks, it will allow the gear to dry when units return with mud and snow, and they will be kept


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free of bugs, spiders and mice.” All three fi re departments will


be able to use the funds to continue providing quality fi re protection for their rural neighbors, something OEC members make possible each month by ‘rounding up’ their electric bills. Other agencies benefi tting from


grants at the March 12 meeting include American Red Cross of Central and Southwest Oklahoma’s local disaster relief program ($10,000), Transition House, Inc.’s transitional living program ($10,000) and Lexington-Purcell’s Special Olympics Athletes ($1,600). T e OEC Foundation board also


awarded grants to 12 individuals for eye care and glasses, dentures, groceries and children’s clothing. T e Operation Round Up


program exists because of members who elect to round up their electric bills each month to the nearest dollar. T e diff erence is combined with that of the 36,500 other members who participate. A nine-member board of directors meets every six-to-eight weeks to distribute the funds. Any person or nonprofi t organization in OEC’s service area may apply for assistance through the program. Applications received by April 20 will be reviewed at a meeting held on


April 30. Visit www.okcoop.org/ORU to print applications – individual/ family or organizational. Applications can be submitted by mail (P.O. Box 721105, Norman, 73070), fax (217-6904) or in person at OEC’s headquarters located at 242 24th Avenue Northwest in Norman. Contact Tory Tedder-Loffl and,


Operation Round Up coordinator, at oru@okcoop.org or 217-6726, if you have any questions.


OEC Foundation, Inc. Financial Statement


Beginning Balance 2/18/15........................................$92,848.28 March deposit...........................$18,869.23 Interest...............................................$3.24 Checks issued...........................-$33,268.97 Approved, not paid.................-$4,495.76 Ending balance 3/23/15...........$73,956.02 Financial statement by: Amanda Dierking


OEC Foundation, Inc. Board of Directors


J���� A���� • Leroy Bayliff J�� B���� • V����� G����� Lloyd Gramling


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OKLAHOMA ELECTRIC CO-OP NEWS • APRIL 2015


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