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Eyes and Ears Cont’d from pg. 7


with high values, moral integrity, and ethical business practices that our members can depend on,” Burns said.


Community Events


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NOVEMBER 11


Veterans Day, CEC offices closed. To report an outage, call 800-780-6486.


13-15 Beavers Bend Folk Festival & Craft Show


26-27 CEC offices closed for the holiday. To report an outage, call 800-780-6486. Thanksgiving


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DECEMBER 4 7


5


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City of Lights, Idabel


McCurtain Co. Christmas Parade, Broken Bow


Atoka Christmas Parade


TBA Downtown Dazzles At Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, Broken Bow Valliant Christmas Parade


Christmas. CEC offices closed for the holiday. To report an outage, call 800-780-6486.


31 New Year’s Eve


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Burns highlighted accomplishments such as establishing new bylaw amendments and gaining assurance from Governor Mary Fallin and AG Scott Pruitt that investigations at CEC will not be ignored. Other changes initiated by the board include decreasing board member per diem by one-half; reducing CEC’s labor force; hiring a new CEO, chief financial officer and a new auditing firm; establishing a whistle blower policy for co-op employees; enforcing the co-op nepotism policy; increasing margins and reducing debt; close monitoring of co-op equipment, inventory, fuel purchases, expenses and credit card statements; placing GPS tracking on co-op vehicles; and following right-of-way rules and monitoring line extensions.


Further clarifying the board’s intentions, Burns added, “There will be no unethical favors for anyone.”


...”This board is not asleep at the wheel."


—GEORGE BURNS, PRESIDENT CHOCTAW ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE


Giving a nod to co-op employees who endured challenges of their own under past management, Burns concluded with a pledge that brought a round of applause from the crowd. “We know why we are here,” he said.“You deserved change, and I‘m happy to tell you that you have that change. This board is not asleep at the wheel. We vow a promise to be your eyes and ears at this cooperative, and you can always call or see us if you have concerns or problems. We will be your voice at CEC. Diligently, we will govern to assure the liveliness of this cooperative.”


CEO Report CEO Jon Miles added further


reinforcement in his address to members. “We can do better, our members deserve better, and we can get it done,” he said.


After taking a moment to honor CEC’s 75th anniversary, Miles launched into current topics. He reported that federal


Winner of $1,500 Electric Bill Credit


Grand prize winner Jane Slaton with Jon Miles CEO of Choctaw Electric Cooperative (left), and George Burns, president of the Choctaw Electric board of trustees.


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