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Celebrate Your Cooperative Membership—And Ownership


celebrate the reasons why consumer-owned businesses like East Central Electric are important to your local economy and your family.


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VIVA LA DIFFERENCE! Member response to ECE’s


solar survey could signal


your co-op’s entrance into the clean, renewable energy business. Consumers of other utilities don’t get the luxury of participating in such important decisions.


From your electric co-op to your credit union, businesses that were created and are governed by the people who use them help keep your money in your community.


They also give you a say when it comes to policies and decisions. A perfect example is your co-op’s satellite Internet service. Before making the decision to offer the service, East Central Electric polled members on their interest. Today your co-op provides Exede Internet service to nearly 800 members.


Another member survey currently underway aims to gauge member interest in a cooperative solar program. Your response to this survey could signal your co-op’s entrance into the renewable


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very October is Cooperative Month—a time to


energy business. Consumers of other utilities don’t get the luxury of participating in such important decisions.


Cooperatives such as yours are run by boards of directors who are also members of the co-op.


These member/ directors are


elected by all of


the other members who “belong” to the cooperative.


You can run for a seat on your electric cooperative’s board of directors, exercise your right to vote in board elections,


attend your cooperative’s annual membership meetings, or simply keep up with co-op activities via your newsletter, website or Facebook page.


Perhaps you “joined” your electric co-op because it is the only power supplier for your area. That still makes you a co-owner of your utility, along with all of the others in your area who get their electricity from the cooperative.


Take advantage of the privilege of cooperative membership, starting with Cooperative Month. Attend co-op meetings, vote and keep abreast of “your” business’s activities. You own your cooperative— and that’s a real reason to celebrate.


Favorite recipes from members of East Central Electric Cooperative.


Deer Chili


INGREDIENTS 1 pound ground venison 1 pound cubed beef stew meat


1 pound cubed pork stew meat 1 large onion, chopped 1 fresh jalapeño pepper, seeded and minced 3 tablespoons chili powder 1⁄2 teaspoon cayenne pepper 1 1⁄2 teaspoons ground cumin


DIRECTIONS


Melt the butter in a large pot over medium heat. Cook the venison, beef, and pork in the melted butter until completely browned. Add the onion and jalapeño; cook until tender. Season with chili powder, cayenne pepper, and cumin.


Stir in the stewed tomatoes, tomato sauce, garlic and beef bouillon. Pour the bourbon, beer, and water into the mixture and stir. Bring the chili to a boil; cover and reduce heat to medium-low; simmer about 1 hour, stirring frequently.


SOURCE: ALLRECIPES.COM Statement of Nondiscrimination


East Central Oklahoma Electric Cooperative, Inc. is the recipient of federal financial assistance from the Rural Utilities Service, an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and is also subject to provisions of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, as amended; and the rules and regulations of the Department of Agriculture. The person responsible for coordinating this organization’s non-discriminating compliance efforts is Eric Armstrong, Manager of Human Resources.


East Central Oklahoma Electric is an equal opportunity provider and employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.


If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at HYPERLINK “http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint%20filing%20cust.html” http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint filing cust.html , or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at HYPERLINK “mailto:program.intake@usda. gov” program.intake@usda.gov. East Central Oklahoma Electric is an equal opportunity provider and employer - minority/women/veterans/disabled.


2 (14 oz) cans stewed tomatoes, with juice 1 (15 oz) can tomato sauce 6 cloves garlic, minced 4 cubes beef bouillon, crumbled 1⁄4 cup Kentucky bourbon 2 (12 oz) cans pilsner- style beer 2 cups water


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