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C A N A D I A N August 2016


V ELECTRALITE SUPPLEMENT TO OKLAHOMA LIVING Cooperatives Drive Democracy


It has often been said that those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. It is easy to take our right to vote for granted, maybe because there are so many opportunities to exercise that right. There are national, state and local HOHFWLRQV IRU SROLWLFDO RffiFHV 7KHQ WKHUH are elections for social or other civic RUJDQL]DWLRQV ,I \RX RZQ VWRFN \RX DUH DVNHG WR YRWH LQ WKRVH HOHFWLRQV 6R LW is understandable to see how “election fatigue” can take hold.


$V ZH KHDG LQWR WKH ¿QDO VWDJH RI what has been a divisive national elec- tion, it is a good time to remember that elections don’t have to be about name calling and bitterness. Co-ops can and do play a role in cultivating a civil society where people can practice democracy at the hyper local level. As a member of Canadian Valley Electric, you have the right to vote for your representative on the board of directors. You have the right and are empowered to reach out to cur- rent board members and candidates.


The beauty of belonging to a co-op is every member has a voice, but you must use that voice if you want to be heard on the issues that matter to you. In their document, “A Blueprint for a Coop- erative Decade,” the International Coopera- tive Alliance, a global RUJDQL]DWLRQ PDGH XS of co-ops from over 100 countries, identi- ¿HG PHPEHU SDUWLFLSD- WLRQ DV RQH RI WKH ¿YH key ingredients for a co-op to be successful. Voting and being actively involved LQ WKH DffDLUV RI WKH FR RS DUH NH\ ZD\V LQ which 916030502 members can partici- pate. Take the time to get to know candi- dates running for CVEC’s board. $WWHQG \RXU DQQXDO PHHWLQJ 6HSW and vote on proposed changes to your cooperative’s bylaws. Those changes can be found in the July issue of Electralite,


or you can call the co-op for more infor- mation.


The cooperative business model is


a great one, it fosters engagement and creates strong com- munities. Over 100 \HDUV DJR 3UHVLGHQW 7KHRGRUH 5RRVHYHOW UHFRJQL]HG WKLV YDOXH when he said, “The Cooperative is the EHVW SODQ RI RUJDQL]D- tion. Under this plan, every business is governed by a board,


every person has one vote and only one YRWH (YHU\RQH JHWV SUR¿WV EDVHG RQ WKHLU use of the co-op. It develops individual responsibility and has a moral as well as D ¿QDQFLDO YDOXH ´


Those words are truer today than ever before. Let your voice be heard, and take the time to participate in all the elections.


A New Program, and Annual Meeting Location Being Planned by Bob Hood Interim General Manager


Another month has passed and over half of 2016 has gone by so quickly. This month I would like to address three distinct items with you.


1) Most of the bad storms this year have gone elsewhere, but not this time. July 3rd, CVEC ZDV KLW ZLWK D VWRUP WKDW FUHDWHG VRPH SUREOHPV IRU PDQ\ RI \RX DQG IRU WKH &9(& VWDff :H thank you for the patience you showed as we worked hard, and around the clock, to restore your service.


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2) On another note: we are excited about, in the near future being able to bring our residential members the opportunity to participate in the use of solar power, without the tremendous expense RI LQVWDOOLQJ WKH VRODU SDQHOV RQ \RXU KRPHV ,Q SDUWQHUVKLS ZLWK :)(& &9(& LV SUHSDULQJ WR MXVW QRUWK RI ,


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