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Voluntary and Open Membership


Why this principle s ll applies to electric co-ops By Adam Schwartz, founder of The Coopera ve Way


W


hen electric co-op members look at the seven co-op


principles, many may ques on if they really live up to the fi rst principle: Voluntary & Open Membership. It is a fair ques on. There is a two-part answer.


First, it is important to remember that when Northeast Oklahoma Electric Coopera ve was fi rst being formed back in 1938, every poten al member had the op on to refuse service. While it may be hard to believe today, there are numerous stories from electric co-ops throughout the country where the farmer said, “No thanks. We are doing fi ne with kerosene.” Of course over  me they changed their minds and eventually became members of the co-op.


Due to the incredible cost of off ering electric service, the vast majority of people and businesses only have one choice if they want to connect to “the grid” and receive electricity. While that may change in the future due to roo op solar or other genera on sources, the best op on for most people for safe, reliable and aff ordable power is from your electric co-op.


Today, electric co-ops focus on the second part of the principle, “Open Membership.” All residents and businesses in the service territory of Northeast Oklahoma Electric Coopera ve are welcome to receive power. Co-ops con nually strive to ensure that your membership has value to you not just through the service of electricity but by being an ac ve part of our community.


Co-ops off er and welcome your par cipa on in the governance of the organiza on through a democra cally elected board of directors. As a locally


owned and controlled u lity, co-ops are in a be er posi on to understand the needs of its members and can be quicker to react to help ensure the membership receives the best service possible.


Members are welcome to suggest improvements to the co-op’s opera ons and, unlike large investor owned u li es o en with millions of customers, you can be assured your ideas will actually be read by a real person in real  me.


All co-ops, whether it is a credit union, farm co-op, telephone co-op or any other of the 29,000 co-ops that exist in the U.S. today, live by these seven co-op principles:


1. Voluntary and Open Membership 2. Democra c Member Control 3. Members’ Economic Par cipa on 4. Autonomy and Independence 5. Educa on, Training and Informa on 6. Coopera on among Coopera ves 7. Concern for Community


By using all of these principles integrated together, Northeast Oklahoma Electric Coopera ve is able to serve your needs every day. 


Northeast Connection is published monthly to communicate with the members of Northeast Oklahoma Electric Cooperative.


Offi cers and Trustees


PRESIDENT - Dandy A. Risman, District 5 VICE PRESIDENT - John L. Myers, District 4


SECRETARY-TREASURER - Benny L. Seabourn, District 2


ASST. SECRETARY-TREASURER - Everett L. Johnston, District 3 Harold W. Robertson, District 1 Sharron Gay, District 6


James A. Wade, District 7 Bill R. Kimbrell, District 8 Jimmy Caudill, District 9


Management Team Anthony Due, General Manager


Larry Cisneros, P.E., Manager of Engineering Services Susanne Frost, Manager of Offi ce Services Cindy Hefner, Manager of Public Relations Tim Mixson, Manager of Operations


Connie Porter, Manager of Financial Services


Vinita headquarters: Four and a half miles east of Vinita on Highway 60/69 at 27039 South 4440 Road. Grove offi ce: 212 South Main.


Business hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Offi ces are closed Saturday, Sunday and holidays. Available 24 hours at: 1-800-256-6405


If you experience an outage: 1. Check your switch or circuit breaker in the house and on the meter pole to be sure the trouble is not on your side of the service.


2. When contacting the cooperative to report an outage, use the name as it appears on your bill, and have both your pole number and account


number ready.


Please direct all editorial inquiries to Communications Specialist Clint Branham at 800-256-6405 ext. 9340 or email clint.branham@neelectric.com.


This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer.


If you wish to fi le a Civil Rights program complaint of dis- crimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at http://www.ascr.usda. gov/complaint_fi ling_cust.html, or at any USDA offi ce, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information request- ed in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Offi ce of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Av- enue, S. W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at program.intake@usda.gov.


Employees Sherre Johnson, Ray Davis, and Sami Jo Frisby put a fresh coat of paint on a dugout in Langley.


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