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C A N A D I A N May 2016


V ELECTRALITE SUPPLEMENT TO OKLAHOMA LIVING


Nation’s Electric Cooperatives Launch Co-ops Vote Initiative


America’s electric cooperatives have launched a non-partisan, nationwide


effort to promote civic engagement and voter participation in the communities they serve. Jeffrey Connor, interim CEO of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), unveiled the Co-ops Vote program at the association’s recent 74th annual meeting in New Orleans. “Through Co-ops Vote, we want to help our mem- bers know when elections are, what’s at stake and how to make their voices heard,” Connor said. “Who folks vote for isn’t really as impor- tant as the fact that they do vote.” A new website - vote.


coop - offers co-op mem- bers information on the vote registration process in their state, dates of elections an in- formation on the candidates running in those elections.


In keeping with its non-partisan goals, the initiative will not be endorsing VSHFL¿F FDQGLGDWHV IRU RI¿FH NRECA President Mel Coleman said the program would help ensure the


voices of rural Americans are heard. “We want to make sure our government knows that rural America matters,” Coleman said. “This campaign isn’t about divisive, partisan issues. It’s about real people in real places facing real chal- lenges. It’s about our co-ops living out the principles of our movement: Con- cern for community and democratic control.” Coleman added: “When our parents and grandparents set out to electric-


ity rural America, they didn’t have time to ask the person next to them about their views on economic or social policy. Their economic policy was ‘we need to save this community’ and their social policy was ‘let’s do it together.’ I hope the Co-ops Vote program can help rekindle that spirit of cooperation.”


The Best is Ahead


Another


month has passed and I have had an opportunity to meet and talk with


some of you, our owners, and have enjoyed our discussions, many about where you


Bob Hood Interim


General Manager


and your cooperative have been, but also about where we are going. My personal belief is the best is ahead, I see many challenges ahead, but none that cannot be met with the positive attitude that is being demonstrated by the em- ployees and your board. CVEC con- tinues to move forward with progress on our building, all of the rooms are now reopened and being utilized. We have re-arranged some areas and now seem to be set for the near future as we evaluate the long term building needs for your cooperative. &9(&¶V ¿HOG SHUVRQQHO KDYH JRQH another month without an injury of any type and are dedicated to doing things in the safest manner possible. Our of- ¿FH SHUVRQQHO KDYH EHHQ EXV\ OHDUQLQJ QHZ DQG PRUH HI¿FLHQW ZD\V WR XWLOL]H our accounting, engineering and mem- bers systems to better serve you, our members. In this regard, we all thank Jim Caron, an expert in our systems for coming on board and assisting us in this all important endeavor. We owe him a debt of gratitude for what he has done and on a good note, he will be return- ing for a short time later this year to see where we are with the improvement ef-


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