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commentar y Learning Cooperative Principles BOARD OF TRUSTEES


Larry Culwell, President DISTRICT 7


David Ray, Vice President DISTRICT 4


Don Parr, Secretary-Treasurer DISTRICT 5


MEMBERS Russell Shaw


Richard Medlock Ron Pelanconi Mark Ichord


DISTRICT 1 DISTRICT 2 DISTRICT 3 DISTRICT 6


Jim Jackson 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.


of Education.” Today Principle Five states that all co-ops should promote “Education, Training and Information.” This is intended for co-op employees, members and the community at large.


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It is based on the simple premise that if people know more about the cooperative business model, they'll better understand the benefits and promote better use of the co-op and its resources.


While there are almost one million people in the US that work for co-ops of all types (agriculture, housing, electric co-ops, credit unions and many others) very few of us learn about cooperatives in school. That's a challenge when we try to explain the cooperative difference. People understand that an investor-owned business is designed to make a profit, and that a non- profits such as the Red Cross are designed to serve the community. Co-ops have both an economic and a social purpose. We operate on a not-for-profit basis so we can pass along the best price for our goods or services to you, the member–owner.


Because the co-op business model isn't taught by teachers very often, it's up to those of us at Kiamichi Electric to make sure you know about the differences and benefits of being a co-op member. Consumer surveys by Touchstone Energy and others confirm that most people prefer to do business with a co-op if given a choice.


operation roundup Monthly Financial Report


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


TOTAL DISBURSEMENTS SINCE INCEPTION: 2 | january - february 2015 | Light Post


$ 89,491.17 $ 75,971.16


$ 1,195,547.82 $1,129,476.07


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.


he original seven co-op principles set forth in 1844 contained the simple phrase, “Promotion


So why don’t they teach about co-ops in school? Some say there isn't enough academic research about co-ops. Another reason offered is that the co-op community is so diverse that teaching about it only creates more confusion. Programs like Youth Tour and Energy Camp are helping the younger generation come to know the co-op difference. Perhaps such questions are better addressed by answering the old question: How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.


By Jim Jackson CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER


By taking an interest in learning about your electric co-op through our website, annual meeting, stopping by the office or talking to your board members, you will get to know the co-op you're a part of.


When you know more about how your co-op operates, you are in a better position to participate as a member- owners. At Kiamichi Electric, we always welcome your questions and comments because they help us improve our ways of doing things, and promote the cooperative way of doing business.


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