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Principles & Values


CooperaƟ ve cornerstones


“A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower


All cooperaƟ ve businesses around the world operate in accordance with the following seven cooperaƟ ve principles.


1. Voluntary and Open Membership 2. DemocraƟ c Member Control 3. Member Economic ParƟ cipaƟ on 4. Autonomy and Independence 5. EducaƟ on, Training and InformaƟ on 6. Co-operaƟ on among Co-operaƟ ves 7. Concern for Community


Northeast Connect ion is published monthly to communicate with the members of Northeast Oklahoma Electric Cooperative.


Offi cers and Trustees


PRESIDENT - Dandy A. Risman, District 5 VICE PRESIDENT - John L. Myers, District 4


SECRETARY-TREASURER- Benny L. Seabourn, District 2


ASST. SECRETARY-TREASURER- Everett L. Johnston, District 3 Harold W. Robertson, District 1 Sharron Gay, District 6


James A. Wade, District 7 Bill R. Kimbrell, District 8 Jimmy Caudill, District 9


Cindy Hefner Manager of Public RelaƟ ons Management Team Anthony Due, General Manager


Larry Cisneros, P.E., Manager of Engineering Services Susanne Frost, Manager of Offi ce Services Cindy Hefner, Manager of Public Relations Tim Mixson, Manager of Operations


Less known is the fact that cooperaƟ ves have also adopted a set of values that helps to put these principles into pracƟ ce.


CooperaƟ ves are based on the values of self-help, self-responsibility, democracy, equality, equity and solidarity. In the tradiƟ on of their founders, co-ops believe in the ethical values of honesty, openness, social responsibility and caring for others.


Let’s take a closer look at these values and see how they impact us here at Northeast Oklahoma Electric CooperaƟ ve.


The founders of Northeast created it to serve the members that use the electricity and other services we provide, and we conƟ nue to do that today. This embodies the values of self-help, taking acƟ on and doing what needs to be done. We also know we must embrace the value of self-responsibility and be accountable to you, our member.


Each member has one vote, no maƩ er how much electricity you use. This ensures that democracy is pracƟ ced the way it is intended with equality for all members. This is a key diī erence between co-ops and investor-owned companies where the number of votes you have depends on the number of shares you own.


For co-op members, equity has two meanings. We strive to treat all of our members fairly. It also means that, as a member, you have equity (ownership) in the co-op.


While each co-op is autonomous, we do act in solidarity with other co-ops and our community. We know that we can do more for you by partnering with other co-ops and like-minded organizaƟ ons.


Your parents were right when they said, “honesty is the best policy.” As an owner, you have the right to expect us to act with openness and in a transparent manner. We welcome your acƟ ve parƟ cipaƟ on in our co-op.


CooperaƟ ves have long (and correctly) been idenƟ⇒ ed as the original socially responsible business, meaning we care about the impact we have on the community while ensuring we are economically viable.


We try to demonstrate our concern for the community through caring for others every single day, whether it is through OperaƟ on Round-Up, youth programs, oī ering scholarships, and more.


By using our values in support of our principles since our founding in 1938, we have been able to serve you for the past 78 and will do so long into the future.z


August 2016 - 3 Connie Porter, Manager of Financial Services


Vinita headquarters: Four and a half miles east of Vinita on Highway 60/ 69 at 27039 South 4440 Road. Grove offi ce: 212 South Main.


Business hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Offi ces are closed Saturday, Sunday and holidays. Available 24 hours at: 1-800-256-6405


If you experience an outage: 1. Check your switch or circuit breaker in the house and on the meter pole to be sure the trouble is not on your side of the service.


2. When contacting the cooperative to report an outage, use the name as it appears on your bill, and have both your pole number and account


number ready.


Please direct all editorial inquiries to Communications Specialist Clint Branham at 800-256-6405 ext. 9340 or email clint.branham@neelectric.com.


This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer.


If you wish to fi le a Civil Rights program complaint of dis- crimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found on-line at http:/ / www.ascr.usda. gov/ complaint_fi ling_cust.html, or at any USDA offi ce, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information request- ed in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Offi ce of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Av- enue, S. W. , Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at program. intake@usda.gov.


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