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Democracy at the co-op W


Democra c Member Control is cri cal to the opera on of every co-op By Adam Schwartz, founder of The Coopera ve Way


hile the na onal elec ons of the past November may be


fading from your memory, vo ng for poli cians is not the only way we as co-op members can prac ce democracy.


Every co-op – whether it’s Northeast Oklahoma Electric Coopera ve, your credit union or a farm co-op – follows the basic principle of one member, one vote. Most o en you are asked to vote and elect individuals that will represent you on the board of trustees. These folks are your friends, neighbors and fellow residents of our community. Occasionally, you may be asked to vote on a policy, such as a bylaw change (this is like the cons tu on for your co-op).


Every member in good standing of the co-op may run for the board. This is one of the key diff erences between a co-op member and a customer of an investor-owned u lity (IOU). Most IOUs are not too interested in customers’ opinions of how the company should be run.


Co-ops invite par cipa on. In fact, it is cri cally important to the survival of the co-op. Most co-ops serve far fewer people than IOUs. Co-ops measure the number of members in the thousands, IOUs in the millions. If you are not ac vely involved with the co-op, we all suff er. As the electric u lity industry evolves, having interested members who are willing to take an ac ve role is cri cally important.


At Northeast Oklahoma Electric, the leadership and employees believe in an Own, Use, Serve and Belong model as a way to encourage member par cipa on (a key component for a healthy democracy).


Own - Refers to each member truly believing and feeling that they do


indeed share in the ownership of the co-op. This can come from a ending the Annual Mee ng, vo ng, receiving a capital credits check, enjoying savings using the Co-op Connec ons card, or by par cipa ng in other co- op events.


Use - For electric co-ops this means that you use the co-op’s resources wisely (a er all, you are an owner of those resources). You u lize the free energy audits that Northeast Oklahoma Electric off ers. You use energy-effi cient appliances, weather strip windows and doors, use LED or CFL lights – and you turn them off when you leave the room. Share that one with the kids!


Serve - If we are successful with “own” and “use,” perhaps you will feel called to serve your co-op – maybe as a board member, volunteer, commi ee member or community contributor through the co-op.


Belong - We all seek to belong to something. In the early days when the co-op was just ge ng started, neighbors helped neighbors. While our lives seem busier and more electronically driven than ever, the need to connect and belong is necessary for us and our communi es to thrive.


There is great power in the human connec on, and at Northeast Oklahoma Electric, we strive to do that 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.


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