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|currents Tech Divide Shrinks Among


Electric Co-op Members A survey conducted by Touchstone Energy finds the technology divide between young and old co-op members is shrinking, as the latter continue to embrace technology.


The 2015-2016 National Survey on the Cooperative Difference finds that among members 65 and older, 46 percent now have a smartphone, up from just six percent in a 2011 survey. For members in the 55-64 age bracket, the jump went from 20 percent to 70 percent.


At the same time, landlines continue to vanish, even among the 65 and up members.


Seventy-two percent of them now have a landline, down from 86 percent in 2011.


The survey found that tablets are already found in the majority of members’ homes where the head of the household is younger than 55. And their popularity is increasing even among seniors.


“Ease of use of tablets has undoubtedly led to a growing presence in senior households with one-third of those over age 74 now owning a tablet computing device,” wrote researchers from TSE Services, which conducted the survey for Touchstone Energy.


Coming Soon: Pay Site Kiosks


CEC members will soon be able to pay their electric bills using Pay Site kiosks located throughout the service area. More details, including kiosk locations, will be announced. Keep an eye on your CEC Facebook page, website and newsletter for more info.


Dates WORTH REMEMBERING


✔ November 1, 2016


CEC Member Appreciation Day in Hugo. Stop by CEC for free hotdogs, prizes and other gifts.


✔ November 2, 2016


CEC Member Appreciation Day at CEC in Antlers.


✔ November 3, 2016 CEC Member Appreciation Day at CEC in Idabel.


✔ November 6, 2016


Daylight Savings Time ends. Set your clock back one hour.


✔ November 8, 2016 General Election. Please get out and vote!


✔ November 11 & 24


CEC offices will close for Veteran's Day on November 11 and Thanksgiving on November 24.


OFFICIAL


Scan this code with your smartphone or tablet to read the monthly minutes of your co-op board meeting. Minutes are also available at any CEC location.


To scan the code, install a Bar Code Scanner app, available at the App Store.


MINUTES


New Trustees For Choctaw Electric


Stacy Nichols, District C; Brent Franks, District G; and Ken Autry, District I, are the newest members of the Choctaw Electric board of trustees. Members approved the trio via mail-in ballot and in-person voting at the CEC Annual Meeting on September 24.


CEC Board Elects New Officers


The Choctaw Electric board of trustees met on Tuesday, September 27 to elect new officers for the coming year.


The new officers for the CEC board of trustees are:


Brent Franks, president Joe Silk, vice president Mike Brewer, secretary-treasurer


The board of trustees elects new officers every year immediately following the CEC Annual Meeting. To contact your trustees, please visit www.choctawelectric.coop, click on About Us and then Board.


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