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MANAGER’S MESSAGE


When you flip a switch and the lights come on, you might not give much thought as to where that electricity originates. Your home or business is connected to a power line. At the end of that line, providing the power for your daily life, are Verdigris Valley Electric Cooperative’s substations. For more than 75 years, VVEC has been delivering safe, reliable and affordable electricity to you, our member-owners.


At the End of Your Line “We exist to serve you and


to empower you to improve the quality of your life and the lives of those around you.”


- Alice Houston VVEC General Manager


The electric cooperative at the end of your line is unlike many other businesses and utility providers for a number of reasons. First, our purpose is different. VVEC is not-for-profit. We exist to serve you and to empower you to improve the quality of your life and the lives of those around you. Since our goal is not to make a profit, we have no need to increase revenues above what is required to operate the business in a financially sound manner. This enables us to provide you with the most affordable electricity possible and to keep our focus on serving you. Over the years, we have answered the call to provide additional benefits and services because it is extremely important to us that our community thrives and prospers. That is why we offer the Co-op Connections Card program, which provides you discounts on goods and services in the community such as prescription drugs. We also offer energy audits and rebates on energy efficient heating and cooling units and other appliances to help you increase the energy efficiency of your home and save money on your electric bill. Second, we are 100 percent locally owned—by you, our


members. We are rooted right here in Nowata, Osage, Rogers, Tulsa and Washington counties and we care about the community. VVEC creates jobs that benefit local families. We give back to the community by taking leadership roles in community development projects, educating youth, and generously donating time, energy, and resources to schools, nonprofits and community events. We recognize that education and safety are important to you. That is why we partner with area schools and fire departments to help them meet their missions of educating our youth and protecting your families, homes and property. The the Adopt-A-School and Fire Department Grant programs help them purchase supplies, teaching aids, various equipment and life- saving devices. We also invest in our youth through electrical safety presentations in local schools and by offering scholarships to YouthPower Energy Camp and Washington Youth Tour, which seek to develop the next generation of leaders for our community. Third, we are democratically run. Because co-op membership also equals ownership, you have a say in your cooperative’s affairs. Being locally owned, operated


and democratically run means you can trust VVEC to focus on your needs, local priorities and decisions that are best for your community. The board of trustees that leads your cooperative is comprised of nine of your fellow VVEC owners. They understand the impact of the decisions they make because they will experience them just as will you.


I encourage you, as a member-


owner, to get involved in your cooperative. One way to do this is to attend VVEC’s annual meeting on Saturday, October 8. In late October, members in Districts 7, 8 and 9 will have the opportunity to elect board representatives. These are just a few of the things that set VVEC apart from other business enterprises. I like to call this way of conducting business the “cooperative difference.” VVEC exists, as we have from our very beginning in 1938, to make a difference in your life and the lives of those around you. And, as the electric utility business continues to evolve, we are committed to being there for you, our member, to provide for your electric energy needs. VVEC is much more than an electric utility provider—we are the caring community partner at the end of your line.


Power Circuit • October 2016 • 3


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