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The importance of member engagement


no one else would do it.” But that was 79 years ago. As we look to the future, we once again need your ac- tive participation in determining the future of our co-op.


Cooperatives enjoy the support of people from all walks of life. We op- erate in every type of business from agriculture, housing, finance, health care, technology, small business, food and many more. Co-ops can be found in the most rural to the most urban areas.


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KEC’s Laurie Urban check members in at the district four meeting.


n 2012, the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), your cooperative’s premier trade association representing approxi- mately 900 electric cooperatives in 47 states, released a report entitled, “The Electric Cooperative Purpose - A Compass for the 21st Century.” The findings of the blue ribbon task force comprised of a dozen co-op leaders from across the country were that an electric cooperative’s purpose is to, “Power communities and empower members to improve the quality of their lives.” Kay Electric is a member of


NRECA and firmly believes that you, our members, need to be at the heart of everything we do. We are proud of the fact that we are dif- ferent from investor-owned utilities where the primary purpose is to generate profit for their stockhold- ers. Many of those stockholders don’t live in the communities served by the utility. While KEC must of course generate enough revenue to cover our costs, profit is not our pri- mary motive. Serving you and your neighbors is our number one priority. As the Electric Cooperative Purpose report noted, “Our story is about ordinary people that banded together to improve the quality of life by providing electricity to our com- munities and rural areas when


KEC welcomes your input on what we can do to ensure we are meeting your needs. Your 79th KEC Annual Meeting is a few weeks away. There’s nothing better than seeing a full-crowd of members conversing, conducting coopera- tive business and having fun! Your cooperative has three district meet- ings each year. A few weeks ago, we were in Ponca City, Tonkawa and Perry conducting cooperative business and letting the member- ship nominate their trustees. We’re proud of this cooperative democracy and need full-membership support moving forward. We are also con- sidering membership focus groups for the fall. We’ll have more informa- tion regarding these meetings as it becomes available. We live in an every changing world, but one thing you can ab- solutely count on from your locally owned electric co-op: we work hard each and every day to keep the lights on and empowering, you, our members. We will always be local – right here and ready to serve our members.


Kindest Regards, Max Hohmann


It’s also my honor to share with you, your 51 dedicated Kay Electric Cooperative employees. These 51 individuals, unite as one and work diligently for you, 24/7 – 365 days a year.


Sam Ashford


Tyler Barrows James Burnett Wilford Collins Aaron Cordell Payden Day James Dill Paul Epperly Bryan Garner Joel Garza


Tom Gleason Terry Grace Lisa Hartwell Kent Helberg Obbie Jackson Jana Johns Dustin Kincaid Heath Lambert Jason Lenon Sherry Lessert Bobbie Lucas Jimmy Maupin David Mavis Matt McConnell Barbara McMartin Derek Meadows Miguel Mireles Cyndi Mitchell Jason Morrill Austin Partida Kris Perkins Codie Perry Robin Powell Chris Prince Lynn Reese Jim Rigdon


Tim Rodriguez Chad Shepherd J.D. Soulek Kris Spencer Barry Stracener Stan Strait


Tony Swafford Trey Tiemann Jay Tripp Laurie Urban James Walker Brandon Weant David Webb Clinton White Doug Worley


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