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News orthwestern Electric Vol. 68 Number 12 October 2017


Our history, our future Looking back provides the path forward.


G


eorge Santayana—a philoso- pher, essayist, poet and novel- ist—once said, “Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Yet sometimes remem- bering our history with the goal of repeating it can actually be a good thing. As the nation’s 30,000 coopera- tives celebrate National Co-op Month this October, it is a great time to take a look back—and a look forward. Take the history of your electric


co-op. Northwestern Electric was founded in 1940 when neighbors worked together to bring electricity to our rural communities. Big investor- owned power companies thought they FRXOGQ¶W JHQHUDWH HQRXJK SUR¿W VR they bypassed rural areas. Back then, there were frequent meetings among


neighbors to discuss the formation of the cooperative. Once established, an- nual meetings were the “must attend” event of the year. The co-op—on behalf of the member-owners—com- mitted to provide the community with electricity.


Fast forward to today—and tomor-


row. Northwestern Electric currently serves 5,947 members. We have returned $12,673,500 in capital credits to our members since the Cooperative ¿UVW VWDUWHG SD\LQJ WKHP LQ We understand the spirit that helped create this co-op must be continually nurtured. While times and technology will continue to change, our commit- ment to you will not.


Although we started out to provide electricity, our impact in the commu-


nity (with your support) has grown. Our gross receipts tax helps support the schools in our area. We support lo- cal charities and organizations. We’re a major contributor to the economic base of northwest Oklahoma. As we continue to look toward WKH IXWXUH \RX FDQ EH FRQ¿GHQW WKDW Northwestern Electric will commit to explore new ways to help our mem- bers and our community. We recently added a community solar farm and upgraded to the new smart meter tech- nology. (16407001)


Over the years, as we’ve listened to you and your fellow member-own- ers, we know we have to keep pace as technology and consumer tastes evolve. As always, we welcome your participation as we plan for the future.


CO-OP STATS


ELECTRIC CO-OPS COMMIT


Co-op Month 2017 #coopmonth SHOW YOUR SUPPORT FOR CO-OPS DURING THE MONTH OF OCTOBER


Ź There are 900 electric cooperatives located in 47 states.


Ź Electric co-ops provide power to 18 million homes, schools and businesses.


Ź Electric


cooperatives serve 56 percent of the nation.


Inside


Nondiscrimination ........2 Tip of the Month ............2 Missing members .........3 Recipe ............................3 Value added services ...4


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