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Un plugged Roulet Report My first recollection of a tornado shelter was on my grandmother’s farm west of Geary. I am pretty sure it was hand dug, however, for a 1920’s vintage model, it was probably considered the deluxe edition. It smelled like a combination of dirt and stale air,with a whiff of skunk. It had no electricity, but did have a pretty strong door and outside of the occasional snake, worked well. My grandmother was somewhat fearful of storms and never missed an opportunity to rush everyone to the cellar. On a more current note, I had an opportunity to tour the new tornado shelter at the Mooreland Plant during a recent Brown Bag Lunch trip. It was nothing fancy, but was pretty impressive. It was on the generator floor, was two 12’ X 12’, adjoining rooms with multiple entrance/exits. It had back up lighting and was rated for an F-5 tornado. It was contemplated during planning to use for critical file storage and a couple other items, but generally was a well built facility. WFEC is reviewing the possibility of some type of “safe” area at each of the power plants. Size is not particularly an issue as the numbers of employees at the plants at any given time is not large. Location, access, practicality and of course cost, are all considerations. Hopefully, we will be able to add these type facilities over the coming months. Hopefully, none of the facilities will ever be used for their intended purpose, but if they are, it is nice to know employees have a safe place to go during working hours. Probably, these will be nice enough you don’t need to shine a flashlight around the facility before you go in to see if it is already occupied with some type of critter.
Instead of Another Tie, Let’s Get Dad Something He’ll Really Enjoy. This Father’s Day, let’s find the perfect gift for our hardworking dads and grandpas. Your Co-op Connections Card helps you save on presents that are perfect for outdoorsmen and gearheads, Do-It-Yourselfers and tech wizards.
Did You Go Go Geo? Take the Challenge Get a T-Shirt It’s not too late. If you have not taken the short, seven question home energy survey yet, please contact Becky Caldwell, Shay Earthman, Gina Johnson, Brittany Hicks or Maria Crowder, so you can be entered to have a chance to win a Yukon Cooler (value $350), a $100 Visa gift card, or a $50 Visa gift card as a part of the Employee Challenge. Prize drawing will be held on June 16. All employees who take the Challenge will also recieve a free WFEC/Go Go Geo T-shirt.
Energy Efficiency Tips Run appliances after dark
When it’s hot outside, the best time to run your dishwasher or do the laundry is after dark. Heat-producing appliances make your house hotter, and that makes your air conditioner work harder. The harder it works, the more it costs you in energy bills.
Same goes for your oven and stove. Consider cooking dinner on the grill and heating up food in the microwave oven, which doesn’t add heat to the air.
When you do run your washing machine, minimize the amount of moisture and heat build-up it produces in the laundry room by cleaning the lint from its filter after every use and by having your dryer vent—properly vented to the outside of your house, of course—cleaned out once a year so it works efficiently and doesn’t become a fire hazard.
It might seem like running your kitchen and bathroom ventilating fans would be a good way to clear stale, hot air from the house—and it is, after you cook a meal or take a hot shower. But turn those fans off as soon as the air clears. Running a vent fan for just one hour will suck up a whole houseful of air-conditioned air and blow it outdoors.
When the weather is extra hot, no effort to conserve energy is too small to make a difference on your bill and to your family’s comfort. Source: OAEC
WFEC Employees Volunteer At Special Olympics Every year, Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives (OAEC) provides the opportunity for cooperative employees and their family members
Senior Systems Alnalyst and Volunteer, Jackie Johnson at Special Olympics festivities.
Systems Administrator Kevin May greets a participant. Kevin attends the event every year to cheer on his brother, Stephen, (Pictured with Kevin in Photo below)
“Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt” is the motto of the Special Olympics introduced by Eunice Kennedy Shriver at the Special Olympics International Games in Chicago 1968. Many times it is the encouragement of a volunteer cheering “you can do this” that gives an athlete a little extra 10374 ush to be brave and finish strong. “It was an amazing experience being able to see the look on an athlete’s face when you congratulate them for finishing the race and seeing their excitement overflow knowing that you are a part of a truly great moment in their life.” – Jayson Morgan
to volunteer at the Oklahoma Special Olympics Summer State games. WFEC was honored to have three employees travel to Stillwater May 14-16 to volunteer at the opening ceremonies and track events. Jackie Johnson, Kevin May and Jayson Morgan were among the hundreds of volunteers who make the games possible and memorable for the athletes. This year was a great success for the Summer Games, as there were 4,653 registered athletes competing in various individual and team events including: track and field, bocce, bowling, horseshoes, golf, powerlifting, basketball and softball.
Some of the opportunities available to cooperative volunteers include: Escort wheelchair athletes to V.I.P. seating at center court of Gallagher-Iba Arena during opening ceremonies; Stage athletes preparing for races; Act as starters and runners during races; Serve as official timekeepers; Give hugs and congratulations to all participants; Ensure all participants receive awards . If you were not able to 10093 volunteer this year and want to be involved in next yearâ€™s summer games, please contact Kevin May, Justin Soderberg or
Jayson Morgan, senior network engineer and friends.
Jayson Morgan. To view photographs of the event, visit the link below.
Pictured: Cotton Electric Co-opâ€™s Manager Warren Langford congratulates a winner.
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It’s time to honor our graduates! Please submit photos for WFEC EnerCom It’s time once again to honor our graduates in the summer edition of the WFEC EnerCom! If you have a son or daughter graduating from high school, college or technical school, please fill out the information below, attach the student’s photo and send to Sondra Boykin by Wednesday, June 18. If you have a high quality digital photo, you can e-mail that, plus the below information, to email@example.com. Thanks.
Name of student:
Name of school:
College – degree earned:
Future plans: June 14 is Flag Day, which is a day for all Americans to celebrate and show respect for our flag, its designers and makers. Our flag is representative of our independence and our unity as a nation.....one nation, under God, indivisible. Our flag has a proud and glorious history. It was at the lead of every battle fought by Americans. Many people have died protecting it. It even stands proudly on the surface of the moon. As Americans, we have every right to be proud of our culture, our nation, and our flag. So raise the flag today and every day with pride! For more information on properly displaying the flag, visit: http://www.holidayinsights.com/other/flagday.htm
Happy Birthday wishes go out to all WFEC employees enjoying a birthday. Have a wonderful day! Cory Green Dan Clay Mike Parton Jerry Glenn Kris Bradford Darryl Boggess Keith Elrod
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Bobby Barrow John Toland James VanWorth Jo Ann Parker Rick Bryan Cole Hervey Daven Loftin
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“Miracles happen everyday, change your perception of what a miracle is and you’ll see them all around you.” Jon Bon Jovi
Hidden Employee Numbers
Congratulations to Arthur Head and Tadd Holcomb for finding their employee numbers in the last issue. You could be the next winner of a $10 Logo Room credit. If you find your employee number in this edition, call Brittany Hicks at Ext. 4335. Please use your credit before the next payday if possible.