From the Top with CEO Patrick Grace – December 2022

Over the years, the OEC News has remained our best way to communicate and connect with our member-owners. While the foundations of this publication, like classifieds, recipes and member stories, have remained a constant, longtime readers of the OEC News will have noticed some changes. 

We tweak and improve the OEC News every month. If you enjoyed this publication in the past eight years, it is in large part due to our editor and creative director, Brianna Wall. December marks Brianna’s 100th issue as editor of the OEC News! It also marks her last as she has accepted an internal promotion and will lead our entire member communications efforts moving forward. Rest assured, you are in good hands with our new editor, JoMarie Ramsey, and Brianna at the helm. 

This publication represents part of OEC’s effort to communicate and celebrate the cooperative difference. While many of the themes and stories changed over the last eight years, the mission has remained the same: communicate to our member-owners the value of being a member of OEC…and do it in a clear, informative, entertaining and professional way. 

Brianna’s work in this area has been outstanding, but do not just take my word for it. The OEC News and Brianna have been recognized across the state and nation as a leader in cooperative communication, earning over 45 awards and recognitions under Brianna’s leadership! My hope is that you, the reader, have noticed and appreciated the great work. After all, we work for you, our members. 

I want to thank her personally for the work she does in editing and cleaning up this column every month. She somehow makes my column come across as smooth, professional and even interesting. Let me assure you that is a tall task! 

Please join me in thanking Brianna for serving you for the past 100 issues by dropping her a quick note of appreciation. Her email is listed just below this column for one last time, just as it has been for the past 100 months.

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Support local, OEC Fiber-connected businesses this season

What would you say if we told you it was possible to find the perfect holiday gift and support your local community this holiday season? The solution is simple. Shop local.

Shopping online retailers has become the norm for many of us over the last few years, mostly because it’s quick, convenient and lets you shop in your favorite pair of footy pajamas. As easy as it can be for some of us, shopping online hurts the places we live more than we might think. 

Oklahoma funds its communities through local sales tax. Nearly 33% of state and local income comes from sales tax. By shopping local, you are helping fund things like education and road repairs.

OEC Fiber is proud to partner with a variety of local businesses to help them better serve their customers and engage in their communities. Here is a small spattering of local businesses to consider supporting this year when you’re looking for something special to put under the tree this holiday season.

218 W Main St, Purcell, OK

It is your one-stop shop for signs, apparel and other printing services. Each piece is custom-made to fit your needs. Don’t worry about who you’ll be dealing with. Every customer deals directly with the owner to ensure the best possible experience.

Visit sheehysigns.com to see their work and learn how to place an order today.

1805 S Morgan Rd, Oklahoma City, OK

A small boutique specializing in women’s apparel, accessories, and home décor, this one-of-a-kind shop truly is the heart of the community. Customer service is a priority here. They take the time to get to know you to help you find what you need.

Use discount code OEC10 online at okierootscc.com or mention it in-store to get 10% off!

2201 W Main St, Norman, OK

The place “Where Oklahoma Gets Engaged!” offers custom designs and ready-made items to ensure customers have what they need for that special moment. They are devoted to providing an exceptional experience for all who visit their store.

Shop savings of 20-50% off with other events throughout the holiday season. Visit mitchells-jewelry.com to learn more.

757 NW 32nd Pl Newcastle, OK

This local favorite offers high-quality premium cuts of beef, pork and poultry, along with specialty cheeses and in-house-made sausage. Their friendly service and welcoming atmosphere make finding what you need a delightful experience.

Follow Butcher’s Block Meat Market on Facebook to see special offers on hams, turkeys and prime rib roasts this holiday season.

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Five ways to fight the winter chill and save energy

We all have our favorite season. Some people love crisp, cool weather and bundling up under a favorite blanket, while others prefer the warm temperatures summer brings and all fun outdoor activities that go with it. 

But there’s one thing we can all agree on: high winter bills are never fun. Oklahoma Electric Cooperative is here to help you find ways to manage your home energy use and keep winter bills in check. 

Here are five tips to help increase your home’s energy efficiency this winter:

1. Mind the thermostat. This is one of the easiest ways to manage your home energy use. We recommend setting your thermostat to 68 degrees (or lower) when you’re home. When you’re sleeping or away for an extended period of time, try setting it between 58 and 62 degrees; there’s no need to heat your home when you’re away or sleeping and less active.

2. Button up your home. The Department of Energy estimates that air leaks account for 24% to 40% of the energy used for heating and cooling a home. Caulking and weather stripping around windows and doors is another simple, cost-effective way to increase comfort and save energy. If you can feel drafts while standing near a window or door, it likely needs to be sealed. 

3. Use window coverings wisely. Open blinds, drapes or other window coverings during the day to allow natural sunlight in to warm your home. Close them at night to keep the cold, drafty air out. If you feel cold air around windows, consider hanging curtains or drapes in a thicker material; heavier window coverings can make a significant difference in blocking cold outdoor air.

4. Consider your approach to appliance use. When combined, appliances and electronics account for a significant chunk of our home energy use, so assess how efficiently you’re using them. For example, if you’re running the dishwasher or clothes washer, only wash full loads. Look for electronic devices that consume energy even when they’re not in use, like phone chargers or game consoles. Every little bit helps, so unplug them to save energy.

5. Think outside the box. If you’re still feeling chilly at home, think of other ways to warm up––beyond dialing up the thermostat. Add layers of clothing, wear thick socks and bundle up under blankets. You can even add layers to your home! If you have hard-surface flooring, consider purchasing an area rug to block cold air that leaks in through the floor. 

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OEC strives for a culture of safety for its workers

“Safety” is a universal word that is mentioned often and used loosely. Communities, large and small, and companies across all industries are committed to safety. Sports leagues, Sports leagues, at every level, tout their safety protocols, but when it really counts, steps to keep the public, workers, athletes and loved ones safe are often ignored in the interest of expediency or convenience. 

However, safety is a serious issue, especially regarding electrical safety. For Oklahoma Electric Cooperative, it’s the number one priority. This is not empty talk. Over time, OEC has created a culture of safety by putting our employees’ safety and that of the community above all else. At its essence, OEC’s mission is to provide safe, affordable and reliable electricity to its member-owners. To do this requires ongoing focus, dedication and vigilance.

We established and follow safety protocols based on leading national safety practices for the utility industry. We require our lineworkers to wear specialized equipment when working next to or with power lines. There are specific protocols that our lineworkers follow when dealing with energized power lines. Our safety team has regular meetings to discuss upcoming projects from a safety perspective. They monitor and track near-misses of accidents in order to understand them, share “lessons learned” and improve in the future. 

Consequently, accidents can happen, which is why our linemen complete safety training monthly, including pole-top rescue training. Pole-top training simulates an electrical contact injury and the lineman becoming unconscious at the top of a pole. Each lineman must climb the pole using spikes attached to their boots and a safety harness secured to the pole. Once they reach the dummy, they tie a rope around it and lower it safely to the ground. 3620401004

“Each lineman is required to do training like this annually, as well as an inspection of their equipment to ensure its reliability,” said Ryan Spears, Manager of Loss Control. “Getting our linemen home safely at the end of the day is our number one priority, and that’s why we approach these trainings seriously and with dedication.”

Most importantly, we encourage all of our crews to speak up and hold each other accountable for safety. By cultivating a culture of openness and transparency, we promote problem-solving with regard to safety rather than defaulting to a blame game. We examine the information and data gleaned from near-misses and accident reports to discern patterns and use safety metrics to improve in those areas where we have fallen short. As appropriate, we brief contractors on our safety protocols and set expectations for their engagement.

Keeping communities safe

Because we live and work in the community we serve, we care about our neighbors. OEC conducts electrical safety demonstrations in schools and for community events with our Live Line presentation.

According to the Electrical Safety Foundation, each year, thousands of people in the United States are critically injured and electrocuted due to electrical fires, accidents and electrocution in their homes. Many of these accidents are preventable. 

Here are some tips to help keep yourself and those around you safe: Don’t attempt electrical DIY projects or overload your outlets. Contact OEC for additional electrical safety tips. If you would like us to provide a safety demonstration at your school or community event, please contact Daniel Lofland at daniel.lofland@okcoop.org. Be mindful when it comes to electrical safety. Pause and take the extra time to plug into safety.

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Keeping your Wi-Fi secure over the holidays

The holidays are prime time for visits from family and friends and sharing Wi-Fi passwords, but think twice before handing over your password. Setting up alternative access points, such as guest networks or passwords, help keep your network secure and your information safe.

Every device connected to your Wi-Fi, from cell phones to computers, is a potential gateway to your information. Hackers can use them to spread malware and establish unauthorized access to your network from a remote location, giving them access to passwords, bank records and other personal information you want to protect.

Setting up alternative access points for your guests helps prevent these security risks. It severs the direct connection between their device and yours while giving them access to your Wi-Fi. It does not limit what they can do online. It’s just adding cybersecurity to provide you with peace of mind during the chaos of the holiday season.

The best part? It doesn’t take a technical guru to set up a guest network. OEC Fiber makes it as easy as a tap on a screen. Our app walks you through the process in a few simple steps and gives you the power to turn your guest access on and off whenever you want.

Are you having a hard time setting it up? Find step-by-step instructions at www.oecfiber.com/access.

A holiday gathering filling a home with loved ones is a beautiful sight. Keeping your Wi-Fi secure is equally as magical. Set up a guest network or password this holiday season to keep your season bright and your network secure, so the only thing you have to worry about is what to put on your holiday menu.

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Making a Difference

OEC Foundation Board Grants $55,000 to Local Organizations, Families

In October, the OEC Foundation approved $55,000 in grants to local organizations and families. Grants are made possible thanks to thousands of members who choose to round up their electric bills to the nearest dollar each month. Their generous donations go towards Operation Round Up (ORU), a program that provides funds for worthy causes throughout our service area.

“As always, its incredbly rewarding to give these grants to people in our community,” said ORU President Beckie Turner. “It is an astronomical reward to know that everything we take in, we’re going to give back.”

Fostering Futures, formally the Citizens Advisory Board, Assistance League Norman, and the Salvation Army of Cleveland County received $10,000 each. The board also awarded grants to several other organizations. The American Red Cross of Central and Southwest Oklahoma received $7,500 for local disaster aid, Mission Norman received $5,000 for their residents, Blanchard Special Olympics received $2,000 for team supplies, and the Amber Fire Department received $4,000 for personal protection equipment and other tools.

“These are all incredbile causes we are proud to support here at OEC,” said OEC Education and Outreach Programs Director Tory Tedder-Loffland.

Individuals also received assistance with eye care, purchasing hearing aids and dentures, and help with groceries.

Approximately 80 percent of our members choose to round up their monthly bills, with the change going towards the OEC Foundation board to disburse. On average, this amounts to $6 per year per member, which helps support various causes and programs.

The Foundation board is responsible for carefully reviewing and selecting organizations and projects that will have the most impact, and OEC is proud to support such worthwhile initiatives.

“Our grants help larger organizations expand their reach to help more people who are struggling,” Turner said. “It’s wonderful to see how far just a few dollars given every month can go.”

Over the last 26 years, ORU has awarded more than $5 million in grants to various local nonprofit organizations. These organizations provide vital services to their communities, including meals, clothes, Christmas gifts and more.

In addition to providing essential services, these organizations build community cohesion and support networks. As a result, the impact of ORU’s grants goes far beyond the immediate recipients. By supporting these organizations, ORU is helping to create stronger communities and making a difference.

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Time to Shine

High School Juniors Eligible For “Trip of a Lifetime” to Washington, D.C.

Perhaps OEC’s best-known and most anticipated youth program, Youth Tour offers high school juniors a week-long, all-expenses-paid educational trip to Washington, D.C. in June. Four deserving students travel with the Oklahoma delegation (70+ students) to our nation’s capital where they tour historic sites and national landmarks, meet Oklahoma’s congressional delegation and more. Youth Tour has earned a reputation as “a trip of a lifetime” among former participants. 4703300502

This year’s trip is scheduled for June 16-22, 2023, but interested applicants should keep reading or visit the link below for the full list of contest requirements.

PART 1: COMMUNITY PROJECT

Cooperatives are businesses created by like-minded people to address a common unmet need. Cooperatives come in all shapes and sizes, but they all hold to the seven Cooperative Principles and core values of self-help, self-responsibility, democracy, equality, equity, and solidarity. This is what makes the cooperative difference.

Assignment: Imagine you are granted $500 to create a project benefitting your community. How would you utilize the funds? Create a project proposal outlining your project using the sample template as a basis.

PART 2: COMMUNITY PROJECT PROMOTION

An event, fundraiser, or community initiative will only succeed if people know and care about it. 

ASSIGNMENT: Create a promotional video for your community project*. (Max: 2 min/2 MB) 

PART 3: LETTER TO A LEADER

Oklahoma Youth Tour allows students to see the government working up close. During our day on Capitol Hill, we walk the halls of Congress, visit with members of the Oklahoma federal delegation, and tour the U.S. Capitol. Being an informed and active constituent is an important civic duty.

ASSIGNMENT: Write a professional letter to an elected official about an issue important to you. This could be the issue surrounding your community project or an unrelated issue.

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Touch a Truck

OEC and OEC Fiber joined the community-wide Touch A Truck event at the Cleveland County Fairgrounds in September, benefitting the Pioneer Library System Foundation. The event has showcased large trucks and emergency vehicles for decades, allowing children to get an up-close look — even hopping in the bucket of OEC’s bucket truck.

Touch A Truck is a family favorite event that has taken place for nearly two decades. The event promotes play-based learning to help children learn and grow. Children can get an up-close look at vehicles they might typically see from afar.

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The Power of Service

Oklahoma Electric Cooperative and OEC Fiber Employees Volunteer to Complete Much Needed Community Projects

Twenty OEC and OEC Fiber employees teamed up with Cleveland County Master Gardeners during United Way of Norman’s (UWN) Day of Caring (DOC). The annual service event brings together hundreds of volunteers from businesses in Cleveland County to perform much-needed projects for nonprofit organizations.

“I enjoy seeing so many members of our community come together to help out our often-struggling nonprofits complete projects they might not be able to perform due to budget restraints, staffing and the necessary time commitment,” said OEC Education and Outreach Programs Director Tory Tedder-Loffland, 

who also served on the DOC planning committee.

OEC’s volunteer group spent time repairing and staining benches and pergolas throughout the Master Gardeners’ grounds. The team also removed old raised garden beds and completed yard work around the property. It was a busy day filled with rewarding work for a deserving organization.

“It is especially rewarding to see the business community come together to make a lasting impact beyond just donating money,” said OEC Fiber social marketing associate Hunter Foster. “I love seeing everyone serve these nonprofits and our community as a whole.”

The mission of Cleveland County Master Gardeners, the organization with which OEC and OEC Fiber employees were paired, is very simple. 

“Oklahoma Master Gardeners are a vital part of Oklahoma State University Extension’s ability to provide consumers with up-to-date, research-based information on gardening and plant care. Master Gardeners has also become a popular volunteer activity that gives its participants a sense of community spirit, accomplishment and intellectual stimulation.”

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Lighting a New Path

Oklahoma Electric Cooperative Linemen Bring First-time Electricity to Guatemalan Village

For the first time, the lights are on in La Montanita de la Virgen, Guatemala. Oklahoma’s electric cooperatives – in partnership with Colorado’s electric cooperatives and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s philanthropic arm, NRECA International – brought first-time electricity to the isolated village in the region of Jalapa, east of Guatemala City. 

Sixteen volunteer linemen, including Brad Hunter and Matthew Caldwell with OEC, spent three weeks at the project site building powerlines and wiring 84 structures, including one elementary school and two churches. The project consisted of 77 poles in approximately 5.5 miles of line and six transformers installed by the linemen. Each home received four lightbulbs, two light switches and two electrical outlets. 

The local partner for this project is the Empresa Eléctrica Municipal de San Pedro Pinula, a municipal utility, now responsible for the maintance of the newly built infrastructure. The predominant fuel source in Guatemala is hydro generation. 

The locals live in extreme poverty conditions without running water, plumbing and food refrigeration. The villagers depend on farming operations for economic sustainment; they produce corn, beans, rice, coffee, potatoes, pepper, tomatoes and onions.

Hunter said he was positively impacted by this mission and came home with a changed outlook on life. 

“This was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and it truly humbled me,” Hunter said. “It was a privilege to use the linework trade to make a positive difference in the lives of the people of La Montanita. Their simplicity, joy and friendship were truly a gift.”

The staff and board of directors at OEC supported Hunter and Caldwell’s participation in the project. 

“We are proud of Brad and Matt for selflessly giving of their time for an extended period of time to help our neighbors in Central America,” said Patrick Grace, OEC CEO. “This is a powerful way to display one of the cooperatives’ core principles, ‘Concern for Community,’ at home and across the borders.”

Electric cooperatives have a long-standing tradition of bringing lights where there are none. More than eighty years ago, cooperatives brought power to rural America and its countryside; given its origins, electric co-ops are willing and well-positioned to help other areas that do not have access to electric power.

“Bringing electricity to remote areas in developing countries takes electric cooperatives back to their roots,” said Chris Meyers, general manager of the Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives. “It reinforces our commitment to improve the quality of life for local communities at home and abroad. Access to electricity will bring economic empowerment, better access to health care and education and enhanced safety for these villagers. It’s a life-changing gift.”

Collectively, Oklahoma’s electric cooperatives have made possible nearly 700 first-time electric connections in seven villages in Central America and South America.

Oklahoma’s electric cooperatives have established a 501(c)3 not-for-profit, The Oklahoma Energy Trails Foundation, to support this cause; five projects have been sponsored since 2016. 7602100115

All contributions to the Foundation are tax-deductible. Learn more at: oaec.coop/co-op-difference/energy-trails/

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