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Harmon Electric Bylaws Bylaws Concerning Nomination and Election of Trustees


Whether you travel across the country or prefer to stay close to your hometown, one thing you may be noticing is the emphasis on “Buy Local” campaigns. This is based on one simple fact: It’s


important to support businesses that support our community. The Small Business Administration and the research fi rm Civic Economics estimate that dollars spent at a locally owned business stay in the community more than three times longer than money spent at “Big Box” stores, headquartered far away from your hometown. This means your community wealth is more likely to grow by shopping locally. Consumer cooperatives, like Harmon Electric Association, have known this forever. We were formed in 1938 by people in this community to serve the people that work, worship and live in this community. A common expression among cooperators is, “If you’ve seen one co-op, you’ve seen one co-op.” While there are many similarities between co-ops, the fact that we are controlled locally, allowing us to serve your needs, is a critically important principle. The fourth of our Seven Cooperative Principles is: Autonomy


and Independence. And that is defi ned as follows: Cooperatives are autonomous, self-help members. If


the co-op enters


organizations into


agreements


controlled by their with


other


organizations or raises capital from external sources, it is done so based on terms that ensure democratic control by the members and maintain the cooperative’s autonomy. This will allow us to continue to be the self-help organization envisioned by the founders of the modern cooperative movement. In other words, for the co-op to stay a co-op it is vitally important we stay close to you, our members, to ensure we are continuing to respond to your needs. This could be through increasing energy- effi ciency programs, offering renewable sources of energy and continuing our efforts to support other local businesses, schools and civic organizations. You can be sure that Harmon Electric will not be moving our operations to Mexico or China, as so many other corporations do. We began right here in SW Oklahoma and N Texas, and we plan on being here for a very long time. You can take that to the bank, or better yet, the credit union – as all credit unions are fi nancial cooperatives. As always, we welcome your participation and suggestions about how we can improve our locally owned and controlled services.


HARMON ELECTRIC ASSOCIATION, INC 114 North First Hollis, OK 73550


Operating in


Beckham, Harmon, Jackson, Kiowa and Greer Counties in Oklahoma and Hardeman and Childress Counties in Texas


Member of Western Farmers Electric Cooperative Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives National Rural Electric Cooperative Association National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative Texas Electric Cooperative, Inc. Oklahoma Rural Water Association, Inc.


Section 7 - Nomination and Election of Trustees (a) NOMINATION OF TRUSTEES. Not less than sixty (60) days nor more than ninety (90) days before the date of an annual membership meeting, members desiring to be nominated for trustee must complete an offi cial nomina- tion form which may be secured at the association’s headquarters offi ce. The form must be fully completed and contain the signatures of fi ve (5) other qualifi ed members from the same board district. The completed form must be delivered to the Secretary of the Board or his representative not less than sixty (60) days prior to the date of the annual membership meeting. Incumbent trustees shall receive an automatic nomination for the district they represent. A list of qualifi ed nominees shall be posted at the principal offi ce of the association at least forty-fi ve (45) days prior to the annual membership meeting. The secretary shall mail with the notice of the meeting or separately, but at least seven days before the date of the meeting, a statement of the number of the trustees to be elected and the names and addresses of the candidates. The names shall be arranged by districts. The members may, at any meeting at which a trustee shall be removed as herein before provided, elect a successor or successors thereto without compliance with the foregoing provisions with respect to nominations, except that the new trustees must reside in the same district as the trustees in respect to whom the vacancy occurs. Notwithstanding anything contained in this section, failure to comply with any of the provisions of this section shall not affect in any manner whatsoever the validity of any election of trustees. (b) ELECTION OF TRUSEES. Election of trustees shall be by printed ballot. The ballots shall list the nominees arranged by districts. The trustee nominee receiving the majority of votes at a meeting allowing for trustee elections shall become the seated trustee of the association upon announcement of the election results at said meeting. In case no nominee receives a majority of the vote, the two (2) nominees with the highest number of votes shall participate in a run-off election immediately following


initial balloting.


NOTICE: Any member, meeting the qualifi cations for trustee, wishing to be nominated in districts 2, 4 or 6 must have a completed form returned between Friday, January 2, 2015 and Monday, February 2, 2015 All signatures will be verifi ed for authenticity.


HARMON ELECTRIC HI-LITES - Lisa Richard, Editor The Harmon Electric Hi-Lites is the publication of your local owned and operated rural electric cooperative, organized and incorporated under the laws of Oklahoma to serve you with low-cost electric power.


Charles Paxton ......................................................................................... Manager


BOARD OF TRUSTEES Pete Lassiter ..................................................................................................District 1 Jim Reeves ....................................................................................................District 2 Lee Sparkman ...............................................................................................District 3 Bob Allen .......................................................................................................District 4 Burk Bullington ..............................................................................................District 5 Jean Pence ....................................................................................................District 6 J. R. Conley ...................................................................................................District 7 Charles Horton .............................................................................................. Attorney


Monthly Board of Directors meetings Held Fourth Thursday of Each Month


IF YOUR ELECTRICITY GOES OFF, REPORT THE OUTAGE


We have a 24-hour answering service to take outage reports and dispatch service- men. Any time you have an outage to report in the Hollis or Gould exchange area, call our offi ce at 688-3342. Any other exchange


area call toll free, 1-800-643-7769.


TO REPORT AN OUTAGE, CALL 688-3342 or 1-800-643-7769 ANYTIME


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