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Harmon Electric Bylaws Bylaws Concerning Nomination and Election of Trustees


In the holiday movie classic, “It’s a


Wonderful Life” the lead character, George Bailey (played by Jimmy Stewart), wishes he had never been born due to financial troubles he is experiencing. Through the help of an


Angel, he sees how many lives would have been negatively affected if he didn’t exist. George comes to realize that, even with his problems, he has a wonderful life with great friends and family. So what do you think life would be like if community leaders had not founded Harmon Electric Association 77 years ago? Living in the U.S. in 2015, it is nearly impossible to imagine life without electricity. So many of our modern conveniences that improve the quality of our lives are dependent on electricity as the “fuel” to make them work. From the alarm clock that wakes us up, to the refrigerator that keeps our morning milk cold and fresh. From the HVAC unit that keeps us cool in the summer and warm in the winter, to the vacuum that lets us clean more efficiently and all those kitchen appliances that save us time and physical energy. Of course, so much of our entertainment, whether it comes from the TV, radio or computer, depends on the kilowatt-hours that your electric co-op provides. Just think, there would be no smartphones or cell phones if there were no electricity. Businesses of all kinds rely on electricity to produce and sell the products we need. So, it is no wonder that many electric co-ops feel that, while our primary product is electricity, we are really in the quality of life business. As we celebrate the Christmas season that reminds us to be thankful


for all that we have, it is important to remember the 1.3 billion people in the world that still live without reliable electric service. That is equal to about four times the U.S. population! Many of the things we take for granted living in the U.S. are much


harder and more time consuming for people in developing countries around the world. We are proud members of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) that is working through their affiliate, NRECA International, and the NRECA International Foundation to help bring power to people in developing countries like Haiti and Liberia. (http://www.nreca.coop/it-starts-with-power/) We are thankful that our community ancestors right here had the


vision and foresight to do for ourselves what needed to be done, gathering our friends and neighbors to form our electric co-op. As the electric business of the 21st century continues to evolve, you can count on Harmon Electric to meet all of your electric energy needs. More importantly, we are here to help improve the quality of your wonderful life.


From all of your friends at Harmon Electric Association, we hope you have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


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 official nomina- tion form which may be secured at the association’s headquarters office. The form must be fully completed and contain the signatures of five (5) other qualified 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 qualified nominees shall be posted at the principal office of the association at least forty-five (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 TRUSTEES. 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 qualifications for trustee, wishing to be nominated in districts 3 or 7 must have a completed form returned between Friday, January 1, 2016 and Monday, February 1, 2016 All signatures will be verified 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 Vacant ............................................................................................................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 office 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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