ELECTRICITY SINCE 1937
Alfalfa Electric Cooperative, Inc. is a voluntary organization open to all persons able to use our services and willing to accept the responsibilities of membership. Each member has equal voting rights and has the opportunity to vote in any matter that may come before the Annual Meeting. AEC provides education and training for our members, elected representatives, managers, and employees so that they can contribute effectively to the development of our Cooperative. AEC helps develop our communities through policies accepted by our members.
7 Cooperative principles
Membership in a cooperative is open to all persons who can reasonably use its services and stand willing to accept the responsibilities of membership, regardless of race, religion, gender, or economic circumstances.
Cooperatives are democratic organizations controlled by their members, who actively participate in setting policies and making decisions. Elected representatives (directors/trustees) are elected from among the membership and are accountable to the membership. In primary cooperatives, members have equal voting rights (one member, one vote); cooperatives at other levels are organized in a democratic manner.
Members contribute equitably to, and democratically control, the capital of their cooperative. At least part of that capital remains the common property of the cooperative. Members allocate surpluses for any or all of the following purposes: developing the cooperative; setting up reserves; benefiting members in proportion to their transactions with the cooperative; and supporting other activities approved by the membership.
Cooperatives are autonomous, self-help organizations controlled by their members. If they enter into agreements with other organizations, including governments, or raise capital from external sources, they do so on terms that ensure democratic control as well as their unique identity.
Education and training for members, elected representatives (directors/trustees), CEOs, and employees help them effectively contribute to the development of their cooperatives. Communications about the nature and benefits of cooperatives, particularly with the general public and opinion leaders, helps boost cooperative understanding.
By working together through local, national, regional, and international structures, cooperatives improve services, bolster local economies, and deal more effectively with social and community needs.
Cooperatives work for the sustainable development of their communities through policies supported by membership.
What IS aN eLECTRIC COOPERATIVE?
Electric cooperatives are private, not-for-profit businesses governed by their members. Alfalfa Electric Cooperative is committed to providing the people and communities of Oklahoma with quality, dependable electric utility service. We are also committed to linking modern technology, economic development, community awareness, and environmental stewardship in ways that enhance the lives and ensure the future of our members for their communities.
In accordance with Alfalfa Electric’s Bylaws, each year the Cooperative holds its Annual Meeting of Members in April. At the annual meeting, Alfalfa Electric members can participate in educational and engaging activities, meet with AEC employees, and meet members of the Board. Attendees receive reports regarding the Cooperative’s activities during the past year.
Members can also vote for bylaw changes. Election results are announced before the close of the Business portion of the meeting. Each member must be present with proper identification to register to vote at the annual meeting. Proxy votes are not allowed.
Next Annual Meeting: April 14, 2023 | Cherokee High School
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A LETTER FROM YOUR CEO
The Alfalfa Electric Cooperative employees and Board of Directors welcome you as a cooperative member-owner. You, the member-owner, are the very heart of this cooperative.
It’s hard to believe that so much has changed in such a short amount of time. Several factors have changed our way of operating. However, what hasn’t changed is our commitment to the Alfalfa Electric membership. We are committed to providing our members with the best possible service as we power you. This includes maintaining some of the lowest rates in the country.
Our board of trustees and staff members work hard to maintain your co-op and our HVAC subsidiary, AEC Services. We are in good shape financially, and our system is also in excellent condition. Each year, we inspect and replace many poles. In addition, we rebuild areas that have been damaged by storms or have degraded over time.
Our industry has seen significant changes. We are continually preparing to face the challenges 2023 will bring. Although we are not perfect and cannot keep the lights on 100% of the time, your co-op will strive to serve you, our members, in the best ways possible. Alfalfa Electric Cooperative, “We Power You.”
Greg Goetz, CEO/GM