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Bylaws Committee Makes Progress Vote on proposed changes at the CEC Annual Meeting


he special committee of member-volunteers continue to make good progress on possible changes to the Choctaw Electric Cooperative bylaws. On my second day as CEO, I had the opportunity to sit in on my first committee meeting and watch as members actively engaged in the business of their cooperative. The special committee has worked hard on your behalf to provide input to the bylaws.


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The Choctaw Electric bylaws provide the foundational guidelines and direction for your cooperative to fulfill its mission and obligation to its members. It appears that the work of the special committee is on schedule allowing the cooperative to meet the 90 day deadline prior to the Choctaw Electric Cooperative (CEC) Annual Meeting on September 26, 2015.


As promised, the proposed bylaw changes will be published in the CEC newsletter, Inside Your Co-op next month, and printed in the CEC Annual Report, which will be published and mailed to all co-op members in September. Members will also have the opportunity to review the proposed bylaw changes at the annual meeting, visit with committee members about the changes, and cast their ballot on these proposals.


BY JON K. MILES cHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER


Speaking of the annual meeting, your co-op staff have already begun working on details and plans. There is a lot to do in preparing for a successful meeting, however, the work of doing all we can to provide for a good meeting is tremendously important. Your cooperative annual meeting allows the membership to come together to hear the reports on their co-op’s progress over the past year, conduct business, and engage in the democratic process that is a trademark of co-op membership.


Election of trustees in District D, E and F will occur this year. Members interested in running for a seat on the CEC board of trustees have until July 28, 2015 to submit their petition, signed by 25 members within their CEC voting district.


Don’t forget that all CEC board candidates must meet the qualification criteria found in the CEC bylaws. Copies of your co-op bylaws are available online at www. choctawelectric.coop, or pick up a copy at the CEC office in Hugo, Antlers or Idabel.


Next month, your CEC newsletter will carry more information regarding the proposed changes to the bylaws, as well as upcoming plans for this year’s annual meeting. I look forward to seeing your there!


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SEND US EMAIL: Please email questions for Ask Your Co-op to: Jennifer Boling, jboling@choctawelectric.coop. Or, mail questions to Choctaw Electric Cooperative, PO Box 758, Hwy 93 North, Hugo,Oklahoma 74743.


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■ What is Touchstone Energy and what does it do for Choctaw Electric?


Touchstone Energy is an alliance of 750 member-owned electric cooperatives located across the country. Touchstone Energy was created to provide a unified brand for co-ops that represents their commitment to provide reliable power at the most affordable cost possible.


Touchstone Energy provides CEC and other co-ops with a wide array of services and benefits that would be difficult for an electric co-op to provide on its own. For instance, Touchstone Energy created the Co-op Connections savings program, which provides pharmaceutical and other discounts for co-op members. This programs has saved CEC members $634,789 in prescription costs since 2007.


Touchstone Energy also provides members with a wealth of energy saving information and resources made available at togetherwesave.com and at the kidsenergyzone.com.


Training and education programs such as the NET Conference, sponsored by Touchstone Energy, helps co-ops of all sizes learn about new technology that can help them and their members.


By joining together under the Touchstone Energy alliance, even the smallest co-ops are able to offer services and programs that are usually associated with major national corporations.


These programs are working, too. The American Customer Satisfaction Index ranks Touchstone Energy Cooperatives consistently higher than investor-owned utilities.


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