Take advantage of the warm weather today to prepare for the winter storm due to hit Thursday. Have extra food, water and blankets handy and stay off the roads during icy weather.
When severe weather develops in our area, storms and high winds may cause intermittent outages. If you have an outage that lasts more than 5 minutes, please call 875-3351 or 800-522-3520. Dispatchers are on duty 24 hours a day.
Always remember to stay away from downed power lines and follow storm safety precautions. Our line crews will work to restore power as quickly as they can in a safe manner.
Capital credit checks amounting to $300,000 were issued recently to active and inactive members.
A refund of capital credits demonstrates how a not-for-profit electric cooperative works. Annually, money over and above the cost of operations and other necessary expenses and reserves is declared margins. When the board of trustees determines that a portion of those margins can be refunded, members who contributed to those margins receive a share.
A share of the capital credits was allocated among active and inactive members and a check was mailed to the latest known valid address for the member. Checks addressed to members listed HERE were returned to the cooperative because of incorrect or insufficient addresses.
Cotton Electric Cooperative needs help finding the people listed HERE. If you see a name on the list that you recognize and if you have information about a current address, please call 580-875-3351 or e-mail email@example.com.
TO CLAIM A CAPITAL CREDIT CHECK, WE REQUIRE A SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER TO VERIFY THE MEMBER’S IDENTITY.
Cotton Electric Cooperative has contracted maintenance work that will be taking place in Chattanooga beginning late in September.
The cable provider in the Chattanooga community has vacated their service. In order to improve the visual appearance and durability of the electric system, Cotton Electric has hired a contractor to remove the cable attachments on the co-op’s poles as well as the service drops to the homes and businesses in Chattanooga.
Oklahoma Cable Services will perform the work and their employees may have to enter member properties to remove the service drop. They will have a letter from Cotton Electric stating the reason for their work and will also have vehicles with the Cotton Electric logo stating they are a contractor for the Cooperative.
If you have questions regarding the work being performed, please contact us at 580-875-3351 or 800-522-3520.
Cotton Electric members were recognized for their generosity during the Beacon Awards event July 11 at the Skirvin Hotel in Oklahoma City.
Presented by The Journal Record, this was the sixth year of the event that recognizes and honors businesses that play instrumental roles in supporting nonprofit programs that help Oklahomans in need.
Twenty-five honorees in six categories were recognized, with an overall winner named in each category. Cotton Electric was named the overall winner in the Philanthropic Impact of a Medium-sized Business for the financial support the co-op members provide for organizations and individuals in southwest Oklahoma through the Operation Round Up (ORU) program.
“We are honored to accept this award on behalf of the members of Cotton Electric. The Operation Round Up program is successful because of their kindness and generosity and is a true testament to the power of cooperation,” said Jennifer Meason, Cotton Electric vice president of marketing.
ORU is a program designed to provide financial assistance to worthwhile individuals and organizations. Under the program, voluntary contributions from nearly 13,000 co-op members are collected when their monthly bills are "rounded up" to the next highest dollar. The funds collected through ORU are administered by the Cotton Electric Charitable Foundation and its five directors
The foundation has issued more than 280 grants since its inception in 2004. Grant recipients are local people and community organizations spread throughout the eight-county territory served by Cotton Electric Cooperative.
“Grant amounts have ranged from $100 to organizations for event and school supplies to $10,000 for building improvements,” Meason said, pointing out that the average grant is $2,300.
“While 19 grants have gone to individuals and their families who were struggling with overwhelming medical expenses,” Meason said “all other grants have helped a variety of organizations that serve large segments of communities in categories that include schools and youth programs, community services and public safety, senior citizens and volunteer fire departments. Some grants were used to purchase first-time or replacement equipment.”
Most grants are used to purchase durable goods that will benefit those served by an organization for many years.
Co-op members contributed more than $44,000 through the program during the 2012-‘13 fiscal year and have contributed more than $680,800 since the program began nine years ago.
“The program provides a relatively simple way for the members of the cooperative to contribute to projects and causes within the area,” Meason said. “Often, those who benefit from the grants are the very people who contribute to Operation Round Up. Their small contributions, pooled with small contributions from many others, add up to significant and powerful amounts. Funds are returned to members and their community through the grants.”
The Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives has created a “Touchstone Energy Cooperatives Oklahoma Relief Fund” to assist individuals in electric cooperative service areas who were affected by the May 17-20 tornadoes. To make a donation or contributions, please use one of the methods below:
By mail: Make checks payable to TEC Oklahoma Relief Fund, P.O. Box 54309, Oklahoma City, OK 73154-1309.
Wired funds: Routing number 103-900-036 (Bank of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, OK 73124) Credit to: OKRET Credit Union, account number 198895, final account number 240.
Credit card payments can be made online by visiting http://tinyurl.com/kyzn8j7.
Please note that this is not a 501(c)(3) account, so tax deduction may not apply.
Warren Langford, chief executive officer of Cotton Electric Cooperative, has been elected to a second term on the Touchstone Energy Cooperative board of directors. Western Farmers Electric Cooperative (WFEC), the generation and transmission cooperative owned by Cotton Electric and 21 other Oklahoma and New Mexico cooperatives, nominated Langford for this position.
The Touchstone Energy brand represents a nationwide alliance made of more than 740 local, consumer-owned electric cooperatives in 46 states. Touchstone Energy cooperatives collectively deliver power and energy solutions to more than 40 million members every day.
Cotton Electric, headquartered in Walters, has been active in effectively promoting the Touchstone Energy brand since its inception in 1999. Under Langford’s leadership, Cotton Electric’s employees and board of trustees use the brand’s programs to improve member communication and educate members about energy efficiency and emphasize the importance of business integrity and accountability.
“Price, power quality, the environment, and business ethics are no longer local issues,” said Langford. “Recent events have made it imperative that rural electric cooperatives expand upon the relationship between cooperatives and their members. Touchstone Energy is an avenue by which rural America has a united voice concerning the problems and solutions that impact our daily lives.”
He believes that through coordinated advertising, marketing and communication activities, Touchstone Energy has brought a level of positive recognition that rural electric cooperatives have never seen. And, he recognizes the need for the continuance of these programs in the future.
Langford brings over 38 years of industry experience to this board of directors, which consists of 14 cooperative professionals from across the nation. Langford retains his seat on this board for a second consecutive three-year term.
Pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters – set enough of them aside on a regular basis, and the coins add up to dollars. That’s how Operation Round Up works.
Most Cotton Electric members participate in ORU, in which power bills are rounded up to the nearest dollar. The amount rounded up can be as little as 1 cent and is never more than 99 cents. On average, each participating member contributes about $6 each year.
The funds are pooled and administered by the Cotton Electric Charitable Foundation, a board of directors that meets quarterly to consider grant applications. The board consists of Warren Langford, the co-op’s CEO; Charles Spencer, president of the co-op’s board of trustees; and three representatives from the Cotton Electric service area: Carly Douglass, CECF president; Keith Hooker, CECF vice president; and Carter Waid, CECF secretary and treasurer.
The board met Dec. 6 to review 22 grant applications. Grants totaling $17,800 will be distributed to 12 of the applicants.
Four volunteer fire departments in the Cotton Electric service area were awarded grants of $2,300 each. Each has a different project it will use the grant for:
• Devol VFD will purchase wildland gear;
• Hulen VFD will complete the interior of an addition to its building;
• Meers VFD will begin a building addition project; and
• Randlett VFD will purchase hoses and nozzles for fire trucks.
Other fourth-quarter CECF grant recipients include:
• Chisholm Trail Heritage Center, which will use a $500 CECF grant for educational outreach.
• Friends of Elgin Community Library, which will use a $1,000 CECF grant to purchase tables.
• Indiahoma Elementary School, which will purchase incentives for the Accelerated Reader program with a $600 CECF grant.
• Power Shop, Inc., which will purchase an automated external defibrillator and accessories with a $1,500 CECF grant.
• Sterling Elementary School, which will use a $1,000 CECF grant to purchase reading instructional materials.
• Temple Area Food Pantry, which will purchase food for needy families with a $1,000 CECF grant.
• Velma Community Outreach Center, which will use a $2,000 CECF grant to purchase hams and children’s gifts.
• Cotton County Sheriff’s Department, which will use a $1,000 CECF grant for vehicle repair and maintenance.
CECF has awarded grants totaling $637,000 since the foundation was established in 2004.
Applications for first-quarter grants are due by March 1, 2013. Downloadable applications are available at CottonElectric.com.
Capital credit checks amounting to $500,000 were issued recently by Cotton Electric Cooperative. A refund of capital credits demonstrates how a not-for-profit electric cooperative works. Annually, money over and above the cost of operations and other necessary expenses and reserves is declared margins. When the board of trustees determines that a portion of those margins can be refunded, members who contributed to those margins receive a share.
A share of the capital credits was allocated among active and inactive members and each check was mailed to the latest known address for the member. Checks addressed to members listed here were returned to the cooperative because of incorrect or insufficient addresses.
Cotton Electric Cooperative needs help finding the people listed here. If you see a name on this list that you recognize and if you have information about a current address, please call 580-875-3351 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and let the co-op know.
TO CLAIM A CAPITAL CREDIT CHECK, WE REQUIRE A SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER TO VERIFY THE MEMBER'S IDENTITY.
Remember the days when people kept in touch with far-flung family and friends by writing letters? I’m talking about tangible, handwritten notes on stationery, sent via the U.S. Postal Service with a stamp.
Today, thanks to laptops, smartphones and tablet devices, email, texting, and social media have changed the way we talk to each other. And, while these advances can make us feel like we’re “wired to the world” at all times, they can help us save energy, too.
As a member of a Touchstone Energy® Cooperative, the branding program of the nation’s electric cooperatives, we are proud to offer two mobile apps: Together We Save.com — Save Energy, Save Money, and one for our popular Co-op Connections® Card.
The TogetherWeSave.com — Save Energy, Save Money app, the newest addition to our Together We Save energy efficiency campaign portfolio, lets you see how much money you could pocket each month by switching from traditional incandescent light bulbs to compact fluorescent lamps or light-emitting diodes. In addition, you can use the app to evaluate energy guzzlers in your home — for example, what does it cost to run a dishwasher for an hour?
Kilowatt-hour rates specific to Cotton Electric Cooperative needed for the calculations are available in the app by entering your ZIP code and selecting our name.
In addition, the app delivers handy pop-up “Tip of the Day” reminders on ways to make your home more energy efficient. The free app is available for Apple iPhones and iPads at the iTunes store and for Android smartphones at Play.Google.com. Search for: Together We Save.
Your Co-op Connections Card connects you to savings on prescriptions, restaurants, hotels, groceries and lots of other services from national and local retailers. The free Co-op Connections Card app uses GPS technology to help you quickly locate stores and businesses offering discounts and — better yet — share your favorite deals! Android and Apple iPhone versions of the app are available at www.Connections.Coop.
At Cotton Electric Cooperative, we take pride in our promise of providing you with safe, reliable and affordable electric service. But our promise goes beyond that. We are also dedicated to improving the quality of life in the communities we serve. These two money-saving apps are one more way we’re looking out for you! Find more ways to save at CottonElectric.com.
Oppressive heat and parched fairways didn’t deter 99 golfers from turning out for the Cotton Electric Charitable Foundation Summer Classic on July 30 at The Territory in Duncan.
The fourth year for the event drew 25 teams that were divided into two flights.
The team of Jacob Robertson, left, Chris Graham, Jody Atchley and John Lawrence, representing Liberty National Bank of Lawton, had the lowest score, 55, in the Championship Flight of the third annual Cotton Electric Charitable Foundation Summer Classic.
The team of Colton Meek, Todd Holland, Dustin Keplinger and Blake Watson, representing Meeks Auto Sales, was second in the flight with a score of 56.
A stroke behind, the team of Jason Red Elk, Adam Red Elk, Jimmie Dedmon and Bryce Hooper, had a back nine score of 30, breaking a tie and putting the Comanche Star Casino team at third in the Championship Flight.
In the “A” Flight, first place went to the team of Sam Gonzales, Cody Pennington, Zack Hoodenpyle and Josh Belcher for their low score of 64.
Second place was awarded to the City of Walters team of Doyle Cain, Popcorn Gwoompi, Frank Kinney and Jan McKown. Third place went to Cotton County Drug’s team of Scott Crew, Jackey Glenn, Jeff Hart and Stacy Abbe.
Dedmon was closest to the pin on the eighth hole, and Ashley Spann of D&R Right of Way made the ladies’ longest drive on the 10th hole. Hooper made the men’s longest drive and the straightest drive on Number 12.
“We would like to express our appreciation to the players who braved the hot, sunny weather and to the hole sponsors and contributors who helped make the tournament a success,” said Jennifer Meason, vice president of marketing and subsidiary services for Cotton Electric.
The tournament raised more than $9,800 that will be distributed to organizations and individuals in need.
The team of Jacob Robertson, left, Chris Graham, Jody Atchley and John Lawrence had the lowest score, 55, in the Championship Flight of the fourth annual Cotton Electric Charitable Foundation Summer Classic.
The team of Zack Hoodenpyle, left, Cody Pennington, Sam Gonzales and Josh Belcher had the low score of 64 in the “A” Flight of the fourth annual Cotton Electric Charitable Foundation Summer Classic.