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■ commentary Actions Speak Volumes Board’s move toward greater transparency is crystal clear


Judging by recent decisions of your new Choctaw Electric trustees, I’d say their desire is to create a more open relationship with co-op members.


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Since taking the helm at Choctaw Electric Cooperative (CEC), your trustees have given more than lip service to the member outcry for


here’s an old saying that actions speak louder than words.


The board also adopted an official whistle blower policy that ensures protection for any employee who provides information of co-op wrong doing.


cHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER BY JOE HARRIS


greater openness. At the board meeting in March, CEC trustees voted unanimously to publish the minutes from each board meeting in your co-op newsletter, on the co-op website and on CEC’s Facebook page. They also voted to post the agenda for each upcoming board meeting on CEC’s Facebook page and website.


To encourage public comment on agenda items, the board will hold monthly question and answer sessions in the CEC community room thirty minutes before each board meeting.


To further promote input from members, the board created a bylaw review committee comprised of co-op members and trustees. If you’d like to know who is serving on the committee, you will find the list on Facebook. These individuals deserve thanks for volunteering. It is their job to review CEC’s current bylaws and submit possible changes for a vote of the membership at the CEC Annual Meeting.


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Meanwhile, your trustees continue to host open information meetings so that members can meet them, ask questions, and learn how they can become more involved with their co-op. These decisions reflect the board’s commitment to being more responsive in keeping members informed, and encouraging members to become a part of the co-op process.


The individuals who are serving as your trustees are under intense pressure as they try to address multiple concerns. Before answers comes understanding. Right now your trustees are working extremely hard to educate themselves about the electric utility industry and more specifically, electric co-ops. Wholesale energy prices, relationships with co-op power suppliers, assessing the cost of CEC electric service—these are serious financial matters that require careful study and more than an hour’s worth of instruction. The board is exercising great prudence by making sure they are as well educated as possible. Their thirst for knowledge is impressive, and is yet another positive sign that this board is committed to acting in the best interests of all CEC members.


CO-OP ASK YOUR ■ How do I contact my CEC trustee?


You’re welcome to contact your trustee by telephone or email using the following information:


District A - George Burns (cell) 580-743-1260 (home) 580-245-2335 georgehburns@gmail.com


District B - Joe M Silk (cell) 580-236-2875 (home) 580-494-6112


beaversbendgetaways@gmail.com


District C - James Woods (cell) 580-306-3030 (home) 580-494-6292 brokenbowlab@yahoo.com


District D - Andrea Slaton (cell) 405-747-6423 (home) 580-933-4870


andreamasonkelly@sbcglobal.net


District E - Neil Birchfield (cell) 580-298-7447 neilb@rattan.k12.ok.us


District F - Norman Ranger (cell) 580-481-4814 (home) 580-245-1855 nranger@idabelok.net


District G - Danny Antwine (cell) 580-513-5971 (home) 580-345-2730 dannyant@live.com


Explore our website. We’ve hidden a CFL light bulb at www.choctawelectric.coop. Look around, see what our site has to offer, and find the lucky light bulb. When you spot it, please contact Jennifer Boling at 800-780-6486, ext. 207 or jboling@choctawelectric.coop. You could win $25! Only one win per member every six months.


District H - Mike Brewer (cell) 580-317-5722 (home) 580-326-8102 mike@sfnb.net


District I - Marcia Wright (home) 918-429-5262 marciawright1234@gmail.com


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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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