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 8, 2022 | Cherokee High School
The 86th Alfalfa Electric Cooperative Annual Meeting will be at the Cherokee High School Auditorium! Due to the circumstances, we will host a condensed version of our Annual Meeting. As we did last year, we will have:
- Drive-thru registration at our headquarters equipment storage building
- An in-person meeting at 7:00 p.m. at the Cherokee High School Auditorium
- To comply with CDC guidelines, we will provide face masks and hand sanitizer
AEC asks in-person attendees to practice social distancing.
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A LETTER FROM YOUR CEO
The Alfalfa Electric Cooperative employees and Board of Directors welcome you as a member-owner of the cooperative. You, the member-owner, are the very heart of this cooperative. As a not-for-profit, member-owned corporation, Alfalfa Electric Cooperative is dedicated to providing members the best service at the most reasonable price. AEC continues to be one of the most competitively priced coops in Oklahoma and Kansas.
Looking back at the highlights and challenges of 2021 makes me appreciate how blessed we are to live in Oklahoma and Kansas. We experienced a record-breaking polar vortex that brought freezing temperatures from North Dakota to the Gulf of Mexico. We continued to deal with Covid-19, which has affected the lives of everyone in one way or another. Inflation is at a 30-year high. Availability of goods and materials was a concern in nearly every industry. This view of the past year looks bleak and gloomy; however, we have found a way to navigate and move forward with all of this. We were fortunate to have very mild curtailments during the polar vortex. Covid-19 has been challenging; however, employees’ loyalty and commitment to serve have been evident. We always find a way to improvise or compromise and make it work.
We hope for the best as we begin 2022. The lessons learned from the past will make us better going forward. As a member-owned cooperative, Alfalfa Electric Cooperative provides the membership with the best possible service. You, the members, make our coop what it is. As employees, we are proud to serve you. I pledge to you my support and the support of all Alfalfa Electric employees to fulfill our obligations while providing you with dependable service at the lowest possible price.
Greg Goetz, CEO/GM