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Community Events


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dates are subject to change. AUGUST - No listings


SEPTEMBER 7


Labor Day , CEC closed. To report a power outage, please call 800-780-6486.


8-12 McCurtain County Free Fair Fairgrounds, Idabel


9-12 Choctaw County Fair Hugo Agriplex


11-18 Masters at Work Forest Heritage Center Broken Bow


26 26


Idabel Fall Festival


CEC Annual Meeting Rodeo Arena, Hugo


OCTOBER 2-4 2-3 10


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Honobia Big Foot Festival Deer Festival, Antlers, OK


Lumberjax Festival Wright City


Columbus Day. CEC office closed for the holiday To report a power outage, please call 800-780-6486.


Lucky Account ##10545200. $25 bill credit! Is this your account number? If so, please notify Choctaw Electric Cooperative by the 10th of month to claim the $25 bill credit. (Unclaimed credits roll over to the next month; up to a $100 bill credit.) Please call 800-780-6486, ext. 207.


“Members will vote on extensive changes to the CEC bylaws that include matters of co-op governance. Member attendance is vital. Your vote on these changes is important.


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t’s that time of year again— annual meeting time. It will be an extra special annual meeting this year for several reasons.


1. This year


marks the 75th anniversary of


Choctaw Electric Cooperative (CEC). Because of CEC’s pioneer members, life in rural southeast Oklahoma improved dramatically. The progress continues today, thanks to the availability of reliable and affordable electric power.


2. Over the past year, CEC and its membership experienced an internal upheaval that resulted in a complete turnover in co-op leadership and a massive overhaul to CEC’s bylaws. While difficult and even messy at times, the process proved positive by increasing member awareness and involvement in their co-op business, improving cooperation at all levels, and decreasing feelings of alienation in members and co-op employees.


Choctaw Electric will hold its annual meeting on Saturday, September 26 at the Hugo Rodeo Arena. Please join CEC for food, fellowship—and important business that concerns you.


VOTING ARTS &CRAFTS PRIZES


KID’S GAMES


FOOD


3. As a result, CEC members will vote on extensive changes to their co-op bylaws (page 8) at the annual meeting. These changes that include matters of co-op governance. Member attendance at this meeting is vital. Your vote on these changes is important.


The theme for this year’s annual meeting is “Progress, Action, Change.” Three words that speak volumes about CEC’s past and its future, and more great reasons to come together as one co-op and celebrate.


Remember, the events that lead to the Independence Day holiday weren’t comfortable, easy or agreeable, but the result birthed a democracy. The same democratic principles guide Choctaw Electric and over 900 other US electric co-ops, making them distinctly different from other electric utilities. These same principles made it possible for CEC members to unite, take action, and make change happen.


It’s a fine example of an electric cooperative functioning exactly as it was intended to do—and that’s a great reason to celebrate.


Find more details on CEC’s 75th Annual Meeting online at www.choctawelectric.coop, and on CEC’s Facebook page. To visit with someone


about the meeting, please call 800-780-6486.


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