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Section 4.09 . Vacancies Community Events


Help us promote your event by sending event details in advance. Please send event information to Jennifer Boling/Inside Your Co-op/ PO Box 758, Hugo, OK 74743; or e-mail info to jboling@choctawelectric.coop. Events and


dates are subject to change.


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Boom in the Valley Fireworks Spectacular, Talihina


Pickin’ On the Porch, 6 - 9 pm 610 NE D Street, Antlers Independence Day


Fireworks Display, George C. Coffman Football Stadium Idabel


24-25 Watermelon Festival, Valliant 30-Aug 1 McCurtain County Rodeo


AUGUST - No listings


SEPTEMBER 8-12 McCurtain County Free Fair Fairgrounds, Idabel


9-12 Choctaw County Fair Hugo Agriplex


11-18 Masters at Work Forest Heritage Center Broken Bow


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Idabel Fall Festival


CEC Annual Meeting Rodeo Arena, Hugo


OCTOBER 2-4 2-3 10


Honobia Big Foot Festival Deer Festival, Antlers, OK


Lumberjax Festival Wright City


Old language allowed the board of trustees to appoint a member to fill a vacancy on the board and serve until the normal term expired. The bylaws committee recommends striking that provision, but allows the board to fill the unexpired term but requires the appointed trustee to serve until the next annual meeting in which an election will be conducted to fill the remainder of the unexpired term.


Section 4.10. Compensation: Expenses; Indemnification Proposed language strikes the provision of trustees receiving insurance benefits, however, they may participate in the cooperative’s health benefits at their own expense.


Additional language allows trustees to receive reimbursement for expenses for travel and out-of-pocket expenses incurred as a result of performing necessary duties relative to their position as trustee.


Additional language in the section does not allow for a close relative of, or a former board member, to be awarded contracts or any financial compensation.


Section 4.11. Accounting System and Reports


New language proposes that any member requesting access to an audit report shall be accommodated. A summary will be provided for members at, or prior to, the succeeding annual meeting.


ARTICLE V Section 5.05. Member Right of Attendance Under Article V, the bylaw committee proposes to add a section and insert new language to address the member’s right to attend a meeting of the board of trustees in regular session. The board and its committees may adopt reasonable rules to maintain order at a meeting.


The proposal includes provision for the board to go into an executive session for the following reasons: Legal matters, real estate transactions, contract negotiations, personnel issues, competitive matters and cooperative and member security. Any final action, decision or vote on a matter deliberated in an executive session may only be made in a member meeting, except when voting could result in legal action or negative financial impact against Choctaw Electric Cooperative. It is important to note that the member’s right to attend does not guarantee the right of a member to speak, unless that member is on the agenda.


Article VI OFFICERS; MISCELLANEOUS Section 6.10 Chief executive officer/general manager


The proposal contains a minor clean-up striking the referenced job title of CEO/ GM referred to inter-changeably as executive vice president. The reference to this position carrying the dual job title of executive vice president has been removed.


Section 6.12 Compensation


The committee proposed to eliminate a redundant bylaw provision already addressed in Section 4.10 of the bylaws.


Article XV Section 15.01 General Provisions The bylaw committee proposes a new section that addresses how bylaws are added to, altered or replaced by an amendment that appears on the ballot at an annual or special cooperative membership meeting, and which is affirmed by a majority of the secret, written votes cast.


The meeting notice must contain a copy of the proposed amendment; provided that either the board of trustees or the members may repeal or correct any bylaw if such amendment is illegal or has become a legal nullity. The proposed language addresses deadlines for an amendment to meet printing and notification deadlines prior to the election. If the amendment violates law, it will be returned to the member who proposed it within 30 days for suggested revision, allowing conformance to state and federal law.


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