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Manager’s Desk BILL PETERS, CEO

The impact of EPA regulations on you We’ve written before about how the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed to limit carbon dioxide at new power plants. This is concerning because these regulations, along with the ones EPA has in store for existing plants, have the potential to drive up your electric bills. Now is the time for electric cooperative members to join their voices together to send a clear message:  please remember consumers as you are writing these regulations. You can help first by visiting today and sending a comment to the EPA.  You can also help by sharing the link to your friends and family. Also, in this issue of Arkansas Living on page 19, we have a postcard that you can fill out and send to the Arkansas statewide co-op office in Little Rock. Staff there will then submit your online message for you. This is designed for those of you who don’t have computers or Internet access. We want your voice to be heard as well. What’s at stake? Beyond providing safe, affordable electricity, we’re worried about jobs here in our local communities, as well as across Arkansas and our nation. Although these regulations are technical, the potential CAN_bill stuffer_Layout 1 11/5/13 12:32 PM Page 1


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increase in electric rates is something we take personally because we know it’s difficult for many of our members to make ends meet month-to-month. We know the tough choices you face – we all face – in trying to live on a budget. That’s what sets cooperatives apart from other utilities and that’s why we must stick together. Thousands have answered the call already and sent comments through But we need more. Here at Arkansas Valley Electric, we look out for you. And we don’t take this request lightly. It only takes 30 seconds to help raise our voices together. At Arkansas Valley Electric, we’ve encouraged all of our employees to sign up … and ask their friends and families. And now we’re asking the same from you. We need you to take a stand and urge our families and friends to join us. Visit And talk to your neighbors about what we’re doing and why. We’re powering the future, driving economic growth and fostering innovation for you. And we don’t want these new regulations to get in our way of progress. Please join the call and help us keep moving forward.

Arkansas Valley Electric participates in “Heart and Sole”

Pictured with donated shoes are: Kenneth Byrd, AVECC Operations Manager Steve Holt and Chris Tedford.

Arkansas Valley Electric has recently participated in the Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas “Heart and Sole” project. More than 1,500 pairs of shoes and hundreds of pairs of reading glasses have been collected for future distribution to needy individuals in Guatemala. In March, 2014 two AVECC linemen, Kenneth Byrd and Chris Tedford, will be going to Guatemala as part of the Project Razorback group. Project Razorback is a collaborative effort of cooperatives across the state of Arkansas to send a group of skilled linemen to Guatemala to electrify villages previously without electric service.

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NEW EMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHT This month’s Arkansas Valley Electric new employee spotlight features Joshua Parker. Joshua joined the AVECC family in September, 2013 and is a valuable member of our accounting department. Joshua was born in Little Rock and graduated from Dardanelle High School. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from West Texas A&M University in Amarillo, TX in 2006. He then spent the next seven years working for public accounting firms in Danville and Fort Smith. Joshua has been married for nine years, and has a five year old son. He also has three dogs and one cat. His hobbies include Superman comic books, science fiction, and video games. He also enjoys studying Astronomy. Joshua is a huge baseball fan, and enjoys studying the statistics of his favorite players and his beloved Texas Rangers. Welcome to the Arkansas Valley Electric family, Joshua Parker! • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

NOMINATING COMMITTEE SELECTED The Bylaws of Arkansas Valley Electric Cooperative require the Board of Directors to appoint a committee on nominations at least 120 days before the date of a meeting of the members at which directors are to be elected. The committee is selected from different areas of the Cooperative service area to ensure equitable representation. According to Cooperative By-Laws, a member of the Board of Directors cannot serve on this committee. The following Cooperative members have been selected to serve on this committee for 2014: Lee Baggett and Denise Campbell, Crawford County; Bobby Bond and Nick Gilsinger, Franklin County; James H. Duff and Paul Farrar, Johnson County; Sherman Taylor, Logan County; Don Vanderpool, Scott County; and Doug Russell and Benny Thompson, Sebastian County. The Committee will meet at the Cooperative Headquarters in Ozark, Arkansas on April 8, 2014. The Committee, keeping in mind the principle of geographical

representation, shall prepare and post at the principal office of the Cooperative at least sixty (60) days before the meeting of the members, a list of nominations for directors which may include a greater number of candidates than are to be elected. One percent (1%) or more of the Cooperative members acting collectively may make other nominations by petitions not less than thirty (30) days prior to the meeting of the members. The Secretary of the Board of Directors shall post such nominations at the same place where the list of nominations made by the Committee on Nominations is posted. The Secretary of the Cooperative shall mail with the Notice of the Meeting or separately, but at least ten (10) days before the date of the election a statement of the number of directors to be elected and names and addresses of the candidates, specifying separately the nominations made by the Committee on Nominations and also the nominations made by Cooperative members. ARKANSAS VALLEY ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE


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