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c ommenta r y BOARD OF TRUSTEES


David Ray, President DISTRICT 4


Don Parr, Vice President DISTRICT 5


Mark Ichord, Secretary-Treasurer DISTRICT 6


MEMBERS Russell Shaw


Richard Medlock Ron Pelanconi Larry Culwell


Brett Orme Executive Vice President-CEO


Kiamichi Electric Cooperative (KEC) is committed to providing reliable and affordable electric service to members in Latimer, LeFlore, Pittsburg, Pushmataha and Atoka counties.


The people and businesses that purchase electricity from Kiamichi Electric are considered member-owners of the co-op. Each member—regardless of how much electricity they purchase – has an equal say in how the cooperative is operated.


To exercise their right, Kiamichi Electric members are encouraged to attend co- op meetings and vote in co-op elections.


Kiamichi Electric service territory is divided into seven districts. Members within each district meet every two years to choose a fellow member to represent their interests on the Kiamichi Electric board of trustees. KEC board members set policy and oversee cooperative business.


Through local leadership and control, Kiamichi Electric Cooperative members can rest assured their electric co-op remains focused on the needs of its members and its rural communities.


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DISTRICT 1 DISTRICT 2 DISTRICT 3 DISTRICT 7


A Giving Back Is The Co-op Way


s some of you might know, cooperatives across the globe adhere


to the same Seven Cooperative Principles that guide all of our decisions––from how we run the co-op, to how we engage with our communities. Concern for community is the seventh principle, and it's one that all employees of Kiamichi Electric Cooperative (KEC) value year round. But during the holiday season, concern for community seems especially important.


Electric co-ops have a proud history of giving back. At KEC, our employees serve as Salvation Army bell ringers every year. We also sponsor Coats for Kids. This annual program provides over 200 new winter coats for needy children throughout the KEC service area.


The cooperative commitment is also global. Co-ops donate equipment and send line workers overseas so they can bring power to thousands of people who have never experienced the benefits of electricity.


By Brett Orme CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER 200+


Programs such as Coats for Kids don’t happen on their own. Our co-op members make these programs possible through KEC’s Operation Roundup program. By rounding up their electric bills to the next dollar amount and donating the extra change to Operation Roundup, KEC members have pumped over $1.3 million into our local communities.


ope ra t i on roundup Monthly Financial Report


YEAR TO DATE COLLECTIONS: YEAR TO DATE DISBURSEMENTS: TOTAL COLLECTED SINCE INCEPTION:


$ 69,983.44 $ 87,000.33


$ 1,352,849.07 TOTAL DISBURSEMENTS SINCE INCEPTION: $1,275,754.65


Operation Roundup is a voluntary bill roundup program that benefits southeast Oklahoma communities, organizations and needy families. Applications for funds are available at Kiamichi Electric, local social services , or online at www.kiamichielectric.org.


So many families go without on a daily basis and struggle to make ends meet. This struggle is especially hard during the holiday season. If you are challenged to pay your utility bills, please check out the resources on page 5 or call us. We keep a list of agencies that offer help and are happy to work with you to help you find a payment solution.


The number of winter coats provided for local kids every year through KEC/Operation Roundup Coats for Kids program. KEC members make it happen!


Of course, there are many ways members can give back to the community that go beyond dollar donations. Take some time to go through your closets and find clothes that no longer


fit or have lost their use. Bag those items up and take them to your local Salvation Army, Goodwill or church clothing drive. Volunteer for a local food or toy drive, deliver meals to the sick and the elderly, or make a meal for a neighbor in need.


No matter how great or small the act, every time we give back, we strengthen ourselves, our cooperative and our communities. So take the time to give back this holiday season. You’ll be glad you did.


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