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Celebra ng Co-op Independence M


Autonomy and Independence is the fourth of our seven cooperative principles


ay is the time we remember military members that died to


maintain our nation’s independence. In the midst of days at the lake and cook-outs, I can’t help but remember the independent streak that inspired groups of farmers around America’s countryside to band together and improve their quality of life.


Aside from President Franklin Roosevelt’s promise of federal aid in the form of low-interest loans and engineering expertise, rural Americans didn’t have much help in bringing electricity to their homes. They pulled themselves up by their proverbial bootstraps and did it themselves.


Cindy Hefner Manager of Public Rela ons


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


This independence not only tends to inspire cooperatives; it’s a guiding principle. The Fourth Cooperative Principle, “Autonomy and Independence,” means that no matter what contracts Northeast Oklahoma Electric Cooperative might enter into, we will always remain an independent entity.


Each year, Northeast’s annual meeting becomes an independence celebration. You vote in candidates to the board of trustees, and we discuss co-op business. We share a meal, enjoy the entertainment, and have some fun.


Electric cooperatives form a vast network across the country, from coast to coast. Co-op lines are strung in 47 states, serving 42 million people—a different world from 1935, when much of America remained dark. This Memorial Day, as we recognize those that paid the ultimate price that keep the United States free, I’ll also tip my hat to Northeast Oklahoma Electric Cooperative’s founders who beat incredible odds to make life better for themselves and their neighbors. 


NEWS FLASHES


Member organiza ons (business, church, school, etc.) must have a representa ve named and on fi le with the coopera ve to par cipate in the upcoming district and annual mee ngs. Please call 800-256-6405 to learn more.


Beginning with the August issue, this magazine will be inserted inside OK Living magazine. OK Living is produced and mailed to our members by the Oklahoma Associa on of Electric Coopera ves.


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.


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