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SWRE News “Paw Paw” is Proudest Title In late January this year I was able to travel to April 2014


Being a grandfather or “Paw Paw” as my name was assigned, is a tremendous joy. By the way, I had no idea that it was such a big deal for grand- parents to pick out the name that they wanted to be called (especially grandmothers)! For months when my wife would detail the progression of the pregnancy with her friends, there was always the ever-present question: “What is the baby going to call you?”


words or sounds a newborn might utter over the -


dictable! Still I do say the “Paw Paw” over and over when I spend time with him! Of course one’s grandchild is so much smarter and cuter than any other baby! That was prob- ably the way we thought about our children as well, but it is really true when it comes to grand- children! The mystery of why we endured the child-bearing years is immediately solved when we hold that grandchild!


Fortunately with our grandson living so far


away, we have been blessed with the technology of “Facetime” where we can watch him grow and


Fred addresses an annual meeting.


tablet or smart phone without actually being there. At a year old, he is beginning to walk and talk more. He must have been one of the fastest crawlers ever, because you could put him down and in two seconds he could be out of sight pull- ing the toilet paper off the roll or in the trash! Of course we all like to help our grandchildren


April 2015


Stowe’s Service To Co-Op Has Been Exemplary


Fred Stowe resigned from the SWRE Board at the conclusion of our March board meeting after 48 years of service. Typical of Fred’s attitude for service, he did not want any fanfare or attention. His service and experiences spanning those 48 years could fill several books, but I feel privileged to be able to make a few comments about Fred’s service to SWRE.


In July of 1995 when I met Fred Stowe for the first time, I had lived on the cooperative lines for almost fifteen years. I may have seen Fred at a SWRE annual meeting, but I really didn’t know him. He asked me to meet with him on that hot July day to consider representing my neighbors and friends on the SWRE board.


Fred and I talked about service on community boards. Just like myself, Fred had served on many boards. I was superintendent of schools at that time, and I was really not interested in serving on any additional boards, but Fred had such a passion about the cooperative business model and what Southwest Rural Electric Cooper- ative meant to the members of southwest Oklahoma and north Texas that I began to realize how important the cooperative was to members.


Fred Stowe Mike Hagy and grandson Max Almost 19 years later, I sat at the board table as Fred


asked his fellow trustees to accept his resignation. I think one the trustees summed it up very well. Ronnie Swan’s comment was that when he thought of Fred, the word “integrity” came to mind. I don’t think that I can improve on that! I believe that there could be no greater compliment than to be described as a man of “integrity.”


adults. We also know that life involves overcom- ing obstacles and trials that eventually mold our character and make us the individuals that God created.


little tykes will mutter the same sound and the adults will interpret it to be whatever word they want. Like the baby says “duh” and we say, “Yes, that’s right” – “dog”, “house”, “Gram”, “Paw Paw”, “drink”, “cow”, “bottle”, or whatever word we want to interpret! He may actually be calling all of us “dumb”. My son has a hunting dog named “Sippi” that has grown up with our grandson.


“NO SIPPI”.


Grandchildren are so special. As grandparents we want our children and grandchildren to have all opportunities to grow and become successful


Fred (center) with SWRE Board members Dan White (left) and Jimmy Holland (right).


Black Fox nuclear facility and the construction of the Hugo coal-fired plant.


For 48 years Fred Stowe has given his best efforts in helping to direct management and trustees to serve the members of Southwest Rural Electric. His vision of community service through our cooperative has helped foster the vision of “safety, service, and satisfaction – one member at a time” that SWRE embraces today.


As we prepare the way for our grandchildren and help them be ready for the future, we can be thankful for those who went before us. The founding members, directors, and employees of SWRE laid a foundation to provide electricity to the rural areas, and that foundation is still strong today. As new generations of members, boards, and employees have all contributed to replacing and maintaining infrastructure while adding new facilities and technology to better serve the pres- ent and future needs of our membership, we look back to our “cooperative grandparents” at SWRE with gratitude. We want to continue to earn your trust and provide the coming generations with the oppor- tunity to live the rural dream through our vision of Safety, Service, and Satisfaction – one member at a time!


Fred has always been a friend and mentor to me. During his tenure as presi- dent of the SWRE Board, I leaned on his advice not only about co-op matters but personal matters as well.


Fred and Almeta


Fred is one of the wisest men I have ever known. He is honest, trustworthy, and dependable – a good husband, father, grandfather, neighbor, and friend.


I have been blessed to serve with Fred as SWRE trustee and


CEO. I was also fortunate to serve with Fred as his alternate to the Western Farmers Board. Fred provided leadership to that Board during some challenging times like the demise of the


Thank you for letting us serve you. Thank you, Fred, for your service and your friendship!


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