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KUP


KUP Launches Tim Rodriguez, KEC CEO


Mission Statement includes “Improving the quality of lives within the cooperative’s service territory.” We have done the re- search, marketed the program and now it is time to launch it.


The first Operation Roundup program began in 1989 at Palmetto Electric Cooperative in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. Since then, nearly 220 electric cooperatives na- tionwide have chosen to adopt this worthwhile program. To our west we have Alfalfa Electric Cooperative in Cherokee, south is Central Rural Electric Coop- erative in Stillwater and east is Indian Electric Cooperative, all of which are strong supporters of Operation Roundup because of all the good it does in their rural communities.


For some time, electric cooperatives across America have been using Operation Roundup to extend a helping hand to their members and to the communities they serve. Kay Electric’s program is called KUP. Outreach like this is part of what KEC does beyond delivering electricity. Part of our


Marland Substation 2


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


What is KUP? KUP is a unique and re- warding way for members to raise money for local charities, service organizations and a variety of community projects. Participating members will al- low Kay Electric to “Round Up” their electric bills to the nearest dollar. For example, if a bill is $92.71, a member would pay $93, with all 29 cents going directly to Kay Electric’s Com- munity Foundation. Volunteer trustees selected from the membership in our five county service territory will govern the foundation, determining how the funds raised by KUP will be disbursed. None of the monies generated by KUP will go to any Kay Electric bank account. All donations will be placed in the care of the KEC Community Foundation as a separate entity, a non- profit orga- nization with 501-C status. All donations are tax de-


ductible with your year-end bill reflecting your annual contribu- tion total.


On average, a member will likely contribute an average of $6 per year, but no more than $11.88. All of our mem- bers have automatically been included in the KUP program. Since January, we have given our membership the chance to opt out of this program and a few have done so. Remember, you will always have the choice to discontinue your participation in KUP at any time.


The foundation could fund grant requests for additional protective gear for a volun- teer fire department, replace a dilapidated dugout at a little league ball field, or fund addi- tional activities at a community center. KUP will be reflective of KEC’s commitment to improve the quality of life in the rural communities we serve across north central Oklahoma. With a majority of our members sup-


K UP


Kay Electric Cooperative Community Foundation


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