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inside your co•op


A monthly newsletter of Choctaw Electric Cooperative.


BOARD OF TRUSTEES


George Burns, President Joe M. Silk, Vice President


James Woods


Mike Brewer, Secretary Treasurer Bill Woolsey


Danny Antwine Norman Ranger Marcia Wright


Becky Franks MANAGEMENT AND STAFF


Kenneth Gates, Chief Executive Officer Jia Johnson, Director of Public Relations Craig McBrain, Chief Financial Officer Jim Malone, Director of Operations Darrell Ward, District Supervisor


HUGO OFFICE


PO Box 758 Hwy 93 North


Hugo, Oklahoma 74743


Toll Free: (800) 780-6486 Local: (580) 326-6486 FAX (580) 326-2492


Monday-Friday • 8 am - 5 pm IDABEL OFFICE


2114 SE Washington Idabel, Oklahoma 74745


Toll Free: (800) 780-6486 Local: (580) 286-7155


Monday-Friday • 8 am - 5 pm


ANTLERS OFFICE HC 67 Box 62


Antlers, Oklahoma 74523 (One mile east of Antlers)


Toll Free: (800) 780-6486 Local: (580) 298-3201


Monday-Friday • 8 am - 5 pm On the Web:


www.choctawelectric.coop


24 Hour Outage Hotline 800-780-6486


FIND IT ONLINE


Q The Right Place For Trees. Trees growing in the CEC right of way cause power outages and can hinder outage response time. Help your co-op provide the best possible service by locating trees and shrubs away from power lines. Information on CEC's right of way program and the proper location for trees is found at www.choctawelectric.coop. Click "Safety" and then "Right of Way."


Q Know Your Bylaws. Choctaw Electric bylaws serve as a governing document for your co-op. CEC bylaws cover qualifications for trustees, member meetings, the trustee nomination and election process, district boundaries, trustee removal and more. If you've every wondered how to amend bylaws or simply want to know more about your co-op, find a copy of your bylaws online at www.choctawelectric.coop.


would like to express my sincere gratitude to the Choctaw Electric Cooperative (CEC) board of trustees for the opportunity to serve as Choctaw Electric's CEO/general manager. I am committed to providing trustworthy leadership and in ensuring safe, reliable service and reasonably priced electricity for our members, while helping make the communities we serve even better places to live and work.


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BY KENNETH GATES cHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER


Let Me Introduce Myself MANAGEMENT PERSPECTIVE


I am fascinated by the rich history of this part of the country and I look forward to learning more. The folks we have met since we arrived are the best.


As for our family, we have two sons. One lives in California with two of our grandchildren, ages 12 and 15. Our other son lives in Alaska. He and our daughter- in-law have 2 1/2 year old twin boys and another set of twins, 3 months old, a boy and a girl. Needless to say, they have a busy household.


My career of 40-plus years has allowed me to experience the importance of managing many companies and hundreds of employees. These diverse situations taught me to not only meet, but to exceed expectations. To do that I believe honest, open and willing two-way communication is of paramount importance.


My wife, Lori, is as excited as I am about coming to live and work in this area. The beauty of southeast Oklahoma is extraordinary. Being an avid history buff,


The upcoming months will be busy as I familiarize myself with CEC personnel, service territory and operations. I am glad to be here and I look forward to working with CEC members, trustees and our employee team.


As a member-owned cooperative, every individual is important to this organization. We are all in the cooperative family together and together we can do extraordinary things. I am optimistic about the future of Choctaw Electric Cooperative.


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