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The importance of member engagement


By Adam Schwartz The Coopera ve Way


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n 2012, the Na onal Rural Electric Coopera ve Associa on (NRECA), the premier trade associa on represen ng approximately 900 electric coopera ves in 47 states, released a report en tled, “The Electric


Coopera ve Purpose - A Compass for the 21st Century.” The fi ndings of the blue ribbon task force comprised of a dozen co-op leaders from across the country were that an electric coopera ve’s purpose is to, “Power communi es and empower members to improve the quality of their lives.”


Northeast Oklahoma Electric Coopera ve is a member of NRECA and fi rmly believes that you, our members, need to be at the heart of everything we do. We are proud of the fact that we are diff erent from investor- owned u li es, where the primary purpose is to generate profi t for their stockholders. Many of those stockholders don’t live in the communi es served by the u lity. While Northeast Oklahoma Electric must, of course, generate enough revenue to cover our costs, profi t is not our mo ve. Serving you and your neighbors is our number one priority.


As the Electric Coopera ve Purpose report noted, “Our story is about ordinary people that banded together to improve the quality of life by providing electricity to our community when no one else would do it.” But that was nearly 78 years ago. As we look to the future, we once again need your ac ve par cipa on in determining the future of our co-op.


Coopera ves enjoy the support of people from all walks of life. We operate in every type of business from agriculture, housing, fi nance, health care, technology, small business, food and many more. Co-ops can be found in the most rural to the most urban areas.


Northeast Oklahoma Electric welcomes your input on what we can do to ensure we are mee ng your needs.


Take advantage of opportuni es to be heard at district mee ngs, community events we a end, and most importantly, REC Day on September 17, 2016.


We look forward to seeing you! 


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 on-line 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.


Members register at annual mee ng.





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