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August 17, 2012

Unplugged Roulet Report While it doesn’t happen all that often, on occasion, we find ourselves stranded by one of the airlines. Unfortunately, this happened to Brian, Dan and I at the end of June, on our way home from the New Mexico Statewide Board Meeting in Santa Fe. In this case, the cancellation was due to a lack of flight crews to fly the Dallas to OKC leg of the flight, so they cancelled the flight into OKC. To be helpful, the airline also re-booked us for the next day. One of our group who shall remain nameless, really did not want to wait another day to get home because his vacation started the next day, so we rented the only car available in Santa Fe for a one-way drop off in OKC. On the positive side, you have to congratulate Budget Rental cars for having a car available. On the negative side, it was a Mazda 3. It had all the big three: (high gas mileage, high level of road noise, and highly uncomfortable). To add a little flavor, it was over 100 degrees and the air conditioner would only marginally keep the car bearably cool. After 7.5 hours, 525 miles and multiple ibuprofen, these conclusions were reached: we should have stayed and taken the next day’s flight; we should have evaluated high mileage versus comfortable ride after 500 miles, not after you just fill the tank; back seats in little cars are not meant to used; and old people and tall people should not ever make this a habit. Also, when you stop for gas or food, it should NOT look like the circus coming to town when you get out of the car. On a good note, you do appreciate getting home, and hope that it is a while before the airlines do this again. We can only hope Dan really enjoyed that week in Florida.


Moving On Up

We’ve moved.... the crew in the Anadarko Warehouse/Shipping Receiving Department recently moved to new digs at the Annex Building formerly known as the Peanut Butter Plant. Remember...A new drop-off for Fed Ex and UPS next day/overnight envelopes and small packages is located in the lobby of the Headquarters’ building. As you always have, please schedule 08013 your pickup accordingly with either Fed Ex or UPS to obtain a pickup number. After receiving your pickup number, place the envelope or package in the designated container on the small desk in the lobby. For same day pickup, your package needs to be in the lobby no later than 11:45 a.m. on the day of pickup. Envelopes or packages left after 11:45 a.m. will be shipped the next business day. Warehouse Worker Roy Boyer prepares packages for delivery at the new facility.


Annual Meeting Time.... Many of WFEC’s Cooperative’s annual meetings are well attended by their respective membership. Fun, food and a review of a co-op business are staples at these annual cooperative gatherings. The meeting highlight comes at the end with the drawing of prizes. Members of WFEC’s Communication Team and WFEC’s Senior Management also attend the annual meetings to educate members about WFEC and to answer questions about our G&T. Do you know what the most commonly asked question of WFEC staff is? Call Maria Crowder at Ext. 4371 if you think you know the answer. The first person with the correct answer will win a cap or tee shirt!

WFEC V.P. & Chief Financial Officer Jane Lafferty answers a question from a member of Cimarron Electric Cooperative. Cimarron’s headquarters is located in Kingfisher. CEC recently had a huge turnout for their annual meeting despite record-breaking Oklahoma heat!

Upcoming Brown Bag Lunch Schedule Wednesday, Aug. 22 - 11:30 a.m. Breakroom - Mooreland Thursday, Aug. 23 - 11:30 a.m. Breakroom - Anadarko Plant Friday, Aug. 24 - 11:30 a.m. Employee Meet Rm. - Anad. Headquarters (Lunch will be provided) Monday, Oct. 22 - 11:30 a.m. T&D Building.


Wildfires Ravage Parts of Oklahoma Some of the worst wildfires in the state’s history have been raging across parts of Oklahoma. One fire burning south of Norman was caught on camera by WFEC crews as they worked to get into areas affected by the flames.

WFEC’s Lead Power Line Technician Kent Winters and Power Line Technician Koty Pahukoa shot these photos as they worked their way in to douse structures that were set ablaze by the inferno. Seven WFEC structures were affected on the Noble to Little Axe line seen here., but no structures were destroyed.

Pictured below: Koty Pahukoa uses a two-gallon hand sprayer to put out a fire on a WFEC structure. Photos by Kent Winters and Koty Pahukoa


Spring/Summer Promotion New

Computers - Appliances Furniture - Lawn/Garden Tools - Equipment Sporting Goods - Misc.

100% Purchase Price 6.25% for up to 24 months 6.75% for up to 36 months 7.25% for up to 48 months Thru August 31, 2012

Members having more than 30% debt-to-income ratio or have collections and/or late payments within the past 2 years, bankruptcy and judgements will be assessed 1% higher rate than stated rates above.


SAVE BIG TO WIN BIG... IN THE CO-OP CONNECTIONS CARD CONTEST Enter WFEC’s new Co-op Connections Card Contest – Save Big to Win Big. How much have you saved using your Co-op Connections Card? We want to know. Send in a list of all the savings you have received on all local, regional, prescription, Healthy Savings Discounts and the VIP Savings program and you could win CASH. We have heard of several WFEC employees saving hundreds of dollars on prescriptions, Healthy Savings discounts and various other discounts in the Co-op Connections program. Now you can not only save on purchases and services through these programs, but you could win CASH. You might even be featured in upcoming Connections Card articles. This new contest will run quarterly, with the first one ending on Dec.31, 2012. Entries can be sent in anytime after Sept. 1. The first drawing will be held on Jan. 4, 2013. Fill out the attached form each time you save money using your Co-op Connection Card and send to Maria Crowder before Jan. 4, 2013. Anyone sending in 1 to 4 entries will have their name entered in the drawing once. Five or more entries will earn two submissions for the prize drawing. One lucky winner will be drawn from all eligible submissions. This quarter’s prize will be $100. We are always looking for more businesses to join the Co-op Connections Card program. If you have any suggestions for local, regional and national businesses that you would like to see enrolled in the Connections Card program, please fill out the bottom of the the attached form and we will follow up. For more information on the connection card program, visit: http://www.connections.coop/index.php?coopID=40 For more information on the new healthy savings discounts visit: http://www.connections.coop/healthysavings.php?tag=nav For more information, or to sign up for the new VIP savings: https://www.myvipsavings.com/splash.aspx If you would like a new card, or additional cards for family and/or friends, please contact Maria Crowder at Ext. 4371 or Brittany Hicks at Ext. 4335.


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The “Financial� Talk Five years after the financial crisis began, money is still among the lowest priorities in conversations between parents and their children, according to a national telephone survey conducted for the American Institute of CPAs by Harris Interactive. According to the survey, three in 10 parents never talk to their kids about money or have had only one big talk, and, on average, kids are 10 years old when parents have the first financial conversation. The National CPA Financial Literacy Commission offers these tips for parents. Start early. As soon as children are 08851 able to express a want, it is time to discuss basic ideas, like delayed gratification, that underpin budgeting and saving towards a goal. Require them to save a portion of birthday cash and, for older children, any money earned in afterschool jobs, for instance. Give them small jobs to earn an allowance to pay for toys or other wants. Make saving fun. Give them the grocery list and have them clip coupons and comparison shop for lower prices by reviewing store flyers. Split the savings with them to create a reward for the effort. Speak in their terms. A child might not care about money for college and is more likely interested in money to buy a game or a bike or to have funds for a night out with friends. Create teachable moments around those things your children genuinely care about. It's important to show them the statement for their college savings account to build an understanding of compound interest and saving toward a long-term goal. However, the real learning will happen as your child tries to figure out how to earn money and save for a toy or a special item of clothing that you decide not to purchase for them. Repeat often. Three in 10 parents never talk to their kids about money or have had only one big talk. Only 13 percent of parents talk with their children daily about financial matters, according to the survey results. The more you discuss good financial habits, the more likely your child is to make them a part of their daily life as they get older. During dinner, talk about saving for a big purchase, such as a family vacation, and how it might impact the budget—where will you cut back to save? Show them your paystub to talk about taxes and saving for retirement. Review their saving account and college account statements with them. Walk the talk. No matter what you say to your kids about money, your actions are even more important. If you cave easily when they pitch a fit over a toy at the store, you'll have a hard time convincing them that delaying gratification to stick to a budget is the way to go. If your kids hear you lamenting a lack of money but see you blow the budget on a whim to go out to eat, you're sending mixed signals. More important than having the talk is walking the talk.

Source: feedthepig.org


Happy Birthday wishes go out to all WFEC employees enjoying a birthday. Have a wonderful day! Bill Pugh

Ryan Price Kenny Bailey Joe Thomas Kenny Sears Herman Littlejohn Scott Ross Mark Daugherty

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The difference between school and life? In school, you’re taught a lesson and then given a test. In life, you’re given a test that teaches you a lesson. - Unknown

Hidden Employee Numbers Sorry Johnny Bray did not find his employee number in the last issue of the Unplugged. 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.


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